Thursday, October 20, 2011

Autumn Dinner Party: Menu and Photos

Saturday evening I transformed my tiny apartment kitchen and living room into a seemingly bigger space, and fed seven of my good friends. It was the first time in my history of throwing dinner parties since I was 15 that I managed to get everything cooked and ready to serve on time. By some combination of meticulous overplanning, a lot of Rolling Stones discography and a little magic I created the following fall dinner menu:

Prosciutto wrapped and stuffed pork loin

  • Cheese platter with herbed chevre, brie and mild cheddar
  • Champagne punch (from Epicurious)
  • Prosciutto-wrapped stuffed pork loin with roasted apples (from the latest issue of Bon Appetit magazine. Note: I subbed spinach in the stuffing for kale since I despise kale)
  • Maple-roasted butternut squash with sage (adapted from Barefood Contessa)
  • Haricot verts with shallots and lemon butter
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pumpkin creme brulees (from the Bon Appetit Desserts cookbook. Special thanks to my friend Mallory for loaning me a kitchen blow torch)
  • Apple tart with walnut and brown sugar topping (from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. Note: I subbed walnuts for hazelnuts)
  • Bourbon ice cream (from one of last year's fall issues of Bon Appetit magazine)
Haricot verts with shallots and lemon butter

Maple-roasted butternut squash

Of course, I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted to. But my urge to document every memory with photographs did let me snag a few good ones of the food. Overall, it was a great night with delicious food and good friends--a dinner party for the record books.

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