Next Saturday (a little over a week from now) I am having some friends to dinner including a couple who are extremely good cooks. We have eaten very well at their house and I'd like to return the favor, especially since they are in celebration mode these days.
Also it is finally autumn here--cool, rainy (today), leaves are starting to turn. One can get excited about nice hearty fall fare.
For the main course I'd like to make some sort of roast, something that can cook much of the day, make the house smell good and won't require a huge amount of last minute effort. I'll probably make a soup to start, and spaetzle or polenta on the side. I am considering the Mock Porchetta (pork roast) from the Zuni cookbook, although I have not yet tried it.
Have any of you made it?
Does anyone have a better/different idea?
Many thanks in advance!