I'm having a couple friends over for dinner and was looking for some advice about what to serve. I don't really know much about how to pair foods and courses. Seafood and lamb are off the table but those are pretty much the only restrictions.
I'd like to keep it simple. For some reason I keep thinking of this white bean spread on a crostini for an appetizer (I think I saw it when I was researching Xmas menu ideas and can't stop thinking about it) but if it doesn't fit the rest of the menu I can ditch it.
I want to do some kind of braised meat with veggies. Or roast chicken. Both guests like potatoes and cheese so maybe some niced mashed potatoes or potato gratin. Also, my kids (5 & 2) would like this kind of thing.
And for dessert I'd like to make something in a 9in springform pan that isn't a cheesecake. I know this sounds insane but I have this pan that I paid too much money for when I made pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving. I really want to use the pan so I feel like I'm getting my money's worth but I'm nervous about making cheesecake for this.
Any advice from the experts that hang out here would be appreciated.