This was my first time hosting a holiday event. It was a team effort and here was our menu.
Spinach and Goat Cheese Strata*
Asparagus w/ Puff Pastry and prosciutto
Bloody Mary and Belini Bar
I made the dishes with the asterisks and hosted the event. What I learned was that when hosting a brunch for 12…you need to have enough dishes, utensils, serving dishes and glasses for your guests so via Target, Walmart and Ollies Bargain Warehouse…all of these were acquired. Don’t get me wrong, I have service for about 6-8 but not 12. I gave myself Saturday to hit the farmers market, hit Walmart, and come home and prepare. I also pre-made the strata and let it sit overnight.
Here is a photo of the night before…
and yes I realize I have a ton of crap on my fridge. But I like it. I have pictures of friends and family. I also have funny magnets like one that says, “i thought i was acting like a slut and then i realized i was acting like a man” and one that says, “sex is like pizza. even when it’s bad it’s good”.
The first thing I made was deviled eggs. In hindsight, I should have made them the night before to give them time to set…but since it’s the first time I’ve made them I am going to cut myself some slack. They tasted and looked great. I got the recipe from People magazine and can’t find it online.
Here is the recipe for the strata I made. I looked at a TON of fritatta and strata recipes and this was the one I settled on. In my opinion the thyme made the dish. It was lemony and delicious.
and here’s your photo…
The other thing I prepped that night was the Crawfish Monica. If you’ve been to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, chances are good you have had Crawfish Monica. After a few beers…it’s awesome. The best way to describe it, is macaroni and cheese with cooked crawfish tail meat. DELICOUS! I found out a few years ago you could order a kit from the good folks at Kajun Kettle Foods who sell it at the Fest, so I finally did for this Easter Feast. It was so worth it. There are some leftovers in my freezer right now and that makes me HAPPY!
Here is a link to their website:
and of course a photo…
I made it w/ and without the crawfish.
The last dish I made was roasted tomatoes with gorgonzola by Giada. She is hands down my favorite TV chef, but this dish didn’t turn out to be as yummy as I thought it would be. Perhaps my cheese didn’t melt enough, because of the oven dance I was doing to keep everything evenly cooked and warm. I’ll try it again next time w/ parmesean.
and you can see them in the above Strata photo…they didn’t warrant their own photo.
Here are some photos of the rest of the brunch…
Finally, it was naptime for all, as demonstrated by Jameson Davis, who probably was the recipient of too many ham scraps.
OK off to eat a leftover banana pudding. Hope everyone had a great Easter or Passover!