Lou & Lucy’s Leftovers
We had our friend Sherry over for dinner the other night before she flew back to her home in Greece.
I was under orders from my wife to keep it simple. “For once! Please!” I said, “Yes dear.”
Thinking it might be instructive for you would-be “keep-it-simple” entertainers out there, here’s what I ended up serving:
Appetizer: Took about a half-pound of thinly sliced prosciutto, Genoa salami and capicola. Used a butter knife to spread some Allouette roasted onion soft cheese spread on the slices. Rolled them up. Cut them in half. Placed on decorative plate. Drizzled fancy olive oil over them.
Appetizer: Made celery pesto from a whole bunch of celery leaves from the farm stand. Blended with salted, toasted almonds, olive oil, lemon juice, a little water and some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Spread it on toasted bruschetta. Placed on decorative plate. Drizzled fancy olive oil over them.
First course: Made Salmorejo, a cold, Spanish tomato soup: Took three large fresh tomatoes, peeled and seeded them. Blended them with really fancy olive oil, stale soaked bread squeezed out, smashed garlic, salt and pepper, and really fancy sherry vinegar. Chilled it. Served it in soup bowls made by a local potter named Sam. Drizzled fancy olive oil over the soup.
Main course: Bought 12 fresh baby artichokes. Trimmed, cleaned and halved them. Roasted them with olive oil and rosemary and lemon juice until they were soft. Simmered them in chicken stock, butter and more lemon juice to create a sauce.
Boiled fresh raviolis (bought at store) that were filled with artichokes and cheese.
Plated these and poured the fresh artichokes and their sauce over the raviolis. Peeled slivers of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the plate. Drizzled fancy olive oil over the dish.
Dessert: Bought a chocolate cream pie topped with whipped cream. Sliced and served it. Didn’t drizzle fancy olive oil over the slices. Thought about it. But didn’t.
After all, my wife asked me to keep it simple.
One person’s simple is another’s complex.
I know who does the dishes at your house, Lou. I bet she didn’t think it was “simple”.