Summertime Sample Menu

2013-08-21-17.05.56Having friends and family over for dinner can be so much fun. Good company, laughter, yummy food. Preparing a menu for your guests is a neat way to present your features for people to drool over, and can be fun for you, too. By writing yourself a menu, you have a preparation and ingredient list to guide you through your buying and cooking processes, and ensure your event goes smoothly. There are countless recipes and dinner ideas available online. Below you will find a sample summer dinner menu that you can use as a template or guide when deciding courses, ingredients, pairings and presentation.

Summertime Sample Menu

  • Roasted butternut squash and red pepper soup with chili, chipotle, lime crema and shredded cheddar.
  • Lobster arugula salad with crispy fried onions, pine nuts, cherry tomatoes and red wine vinaigrette.
  • Pesto stuffed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon, pan roasted and served with an apple jus, Parmesan roasted mini potatoes and seasoned vegetables.
  • Blueberry white chocolate panna cotta with banana mousse.

As you can see above, we have two appetizers– a soup and a salad, a main course of pork tenderloin which special attention to the chosen side dishes, and then finishing with a sweet, fresh dessert that can be prepared a day in advance to save on cooking time during your event. When choosing your items, it is important to consider how much preparation and cooking time the dishes will take during your event. You don’t want to spend all the time sweating in the kitchen and not entertaining your guests. The soup can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a slow cooker, the lobster salad can be assembled and then simply dressed with the vinaigrette when you’re ready to serve. The pork tenderloin can be prepared in advanced and roasted in the oven for simple execution, and the vegetables and potatoes can cook in the oven with the pork to minimize on stove-top clutter. All you have to do is assemble the plates and serve, and voila, you have a restaurant quality menu ready to impress your loved ones.

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