Monday, December 6, 2010

Menu Monday: An Elegant Holiday Dinner

So as I wrote last Wednesday, I'm trying something different - more predictable - with my articles. On the first and third Mondays of the month, I will share one of our featured menus! This week, one of our favorite holiday menus for an elegant dinner.
This menu is elegant from start to finish. Start off the evening with light, but delicious Parmesan Crisps with Pecans & Basil – the perfect snack to keep your guests happy as they arrive. Follow up with a creamy and sinful Baked Swiss Chard. This dish may sound a little different but it happens to be one of our favorite starters. The Swiss chard is stuffed with cheese and then topped with cream and baked until bubbly and brown. This truly is a show-stopper. The salad is a beautiful combination of mixed greens, apples and pomegranate seeds lightly tossed with vinaigrette. The entrĂ©e will be one your guests will be talking about for months to come – Pepper Crusted Prime Rib with a Mushroom & Brandy Reduction sauce accompanied by Creamy Potato Gratin and roasted asparagus & leeks. And let’s not forget dessert! Finish the meal off with a delightful Pecan Pear Torte with Cream Cheese Frosting and if you really want to go that extra mile (and you happen to have an espresso machine), a cup of cappuccino!
-Chef Yvonne

On the Menu
Parmesan Crisps with Pecan & Basil
Baked Swiss Chard
Mixed Greens with Apples & Pomegranates
Pepper Crusted Prime Rib with Mushroom & Brandy Reduction
Creamy Potato Gratin
Asparagus & Leeks
Pecan Pear Torte with Cream Cheese Frosting (pictured at right)

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