I snapped a few pictures while preparing food for my latest private dining event. The menu was:
- Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce
- Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Oil
- Individual Three Cheese Mac & Cheese
- Braised Short Ribs with Gremolata
- Shortcake Dessert Pizzas with Raspberry Coulis, White Chocolate and Strawberries
All in all the event was a great success and not just because of me. This event was somewhat unique in the fact that due to a prior engagement, I could not be on-site to actually cook the food as I normally would. This event required me to write a menu that was not only delicious, but also allowed me to do all of the prep and let the client put the finishing touches on. Based on these pictures, I think we both did great!
Big, beautiful short ribs before I seasoned and started browning them.
Seasoned and in the smoking hot pan, getting browned and crusty on all sides!
After all the short ribs were browned, I braised them in the oven for 2 1/2 hours. Cooled them in the braising liquid overnight. All the client had to do was heat in the oven for 30 minutes and then serve!
Braised Short Ribs
More delicious short rib photos.
I breaded and formed the crab cakes and put them into buttered muffin tins. Then, I topped them with a few pats of butter. The client warmed the crab cakes in the oven until golden brown and topped with remoulade sauce. Easy peasy.
Homemade Remoulade…mayo, lemon juice, capers, gherkins, Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt and pepper.
Homemade Remoulade and Crab Cakes
I seasoned the asparagus with salt and pepper. I gave the client some homemade garlic oil, which she drizzled over the asparagus before roasting for a few minutes.
A photo from the client – looks like a success to me!
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