On Friday evening we went to the hubby's aunt's house for a family dinner. As usual, the spread was incredible. She always has a cheese plate on the table, and garlic stuffed olives.
The meal included a spicy lasagna, Caesar salad, chicken wings, garlic bread and veggies.
We barely had room for dessert, but I was able to enjoy a couple bites of cake, some berries, and a cheesecake filled chocolate.
On Friday night I refined my menu for the dinner party I planned for Saturday. I went with an Italian theme for this party. I like to do themed dinner parties because I need parameters. With all the possibilities of flavours and foods, an indecisive foodie like me cannot narrow things down without placing limitations on a dinner. By choosing an Italian theme, I could ignore the French Onion soup recipes I have been dying to try, and the Saag Paneer the hubby has been craving and just focus in on one type of cuisine.
I spent Saturday afternoon shopping for food, cooking, baking and prepping.
We started the evening off toasting with Prosecco as an aperitif. We then enjoyed antipasto.
This baked Fontina dip was a big hit.
Next we ate Margherita pizza.
After the pizza we made our way to the table where we enjoyed polpettes. They are essentially giant meatballs with tomato, mozza, and roasted red pepper.
The polpettes were followed by Italian Wedding soup and Focaccia bread with oil and vinegar. I realized this morning that I forgot to put the spinach in the soup! It was still great though.
The main course was lasagna. I went to take the lasagna out of the oven at approx. 9:30 and asked the hubby, "Why is the oven off??!!!?" We had the lasagna in there "cooking" for an hour with no heat :-) Ahhhh, mishaps in the kitchen.
Needless to say we ate lasagna at around 10:30 instead. It turned out alright because we were able to let some of the other food digest so we would have room for the lasagna. We had some limoncello while we waited.
The desserts included tirimisu, and pochettes.
Overall it was a wonderful evening with some pretty awesome friends.
If I was having you over for a dinner party, what would you want the theme to be?