So I'm thinking about cooking a really fancy meal for my family. They usually eat Chinese food, but enjoy a Western meal once in awhile as long as the flavors aren't too crazy. We're looking at about 8 people, so I'll have enough time to get kind of creative with the presentation. Here's what I'm thinking--let me know what improvements to color or flavor you suggest!
APPETIZER--paired with a crisp white wine
I want to try stacking something in a cylindrical cook's ring for once. I have various size biscuit rings, so I want to do:
a layer of lightly dill flavored potatoes (Cubed? Mashed? A little of both?)
a layer of broken up rare salmon
a layer of finely chopped shallots and dill
another layer of salmon
And a few shards of Parmesan crisps sticking out the top, to use as crackers. Would the flavor of Parmesan and salmon go well though?
A few drops of pureed dill on the plate
ENTREE--paired with a hearty California red (cab or zin)
sliced skirt steak on a bed of very runny polenta surrounded by au jus
a few long skinny baby vegetables lightly cooked and placed on top (carrots, zucchini, asparagus--whatever looks good that day at the market)
DESSERT--paired with an unctuous dessert wine, of course!
millefeuille. One puff pastry layer, a layer of piped custard lightened with whipped cream, another layer of puff pastry, and a swirl of berry compote on the plate and cooked berries spooned over the top.
Is the meal colorful and beautiful enough? I'm going for simple flavors to showcase quality ingredients, and lots of presentational oomph this time around.