Challenge #3 is as follows:
"You'll be asked to channel new and exotic flavors for a luxurious dinner party menu. Voters will pick which feast they'd like to RSVP to."
One thing I love about cooking, is the end result of feeding people. So naturally, I love to have people come over and eat! And of course, my co-workers, jumped right on the bandwagon to come on over!
I blogged earlier this week that my favorite season was now upon us - the fall! And so it's truly the fall season that inspired this menu. I wanted to bring out something that my guests would enjoy, and would be new to them. Turns out, 3 of my guests had NEVER had duck before, so that just made this main course all the more perfect!
The first course was just a group appetizer: Carmelized Onion Dip w/ House Made Pita Chips. I love the simplicity of this and it allowed for the guests to "share" and converse with eachother before the other courses rolled out.
Second course was a simple salad of Arugula, Baby Greens, and Watercress. Topped with freshly sliced strawberries, goat cheese, and a raspberry vinaigrette. It was a nice refreshing salad that brightened up the palette and had a great depth of flavor.
Main course was the entree of Roasted Duck Breasts with a Pomegranate-Chile sauce. Served with a brown rice pilaf that included golden raisins, dried apricots, and walnuts. There was also a side of sauteed swiss chard. The "Duck Virgins" said that they really enjoyed their first experience with duck and one of them even said that duck may be their new favorite! Score!
The fourth and final course was the dessert: Pumpkin Cheesecake w/ Caramel Bourbon Sauce & freshly made Whipped Cream. This was a perfect night cap to end the dinner. The cheesecake was thin and light, with an Oreo crust that matched perfectly with the pumpkin cheesecake layer.
At the end of the dinner, I asked everyone what their favorite course of the meal was, and it was a unanimous vote that the Duck definitely reigned supreme. I'm glad, because personally, it was my favorite as well!
I want to thank my awesome sister, Frances, for decorating our back deck, also! She did such a great job and really made it look elegant and classy! My guests were awesome and at the end of the day, all you need are great friends and great food to have an amazing time!
If you guys dug the menu and found yourself drooling the whole time, please please please, don't hesitate to vote for my entry in Challenge #3 of Project Food Blog (you can either click the link or check out the right sidebar to vote!)! And thank you thank you SOOOO much for getting me this far! You guys are awesome!