Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Eats and Drinks

Easter Menu:

Honey-Baked Ham (lovingly brought by our guests!)
Carrot Souffle
Mache salad with sugared pecans and blue cheese
Relish Tray


Sangria with frozen fruit (to sip while we cooked and played outside)
Rober Mondavi Riesling with dinner for the adults
Apple Limeade with dinner for the kids


Bavarian Chocolate Torte


Carrot Souffle

2 cups cooked carrots
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
2 heaping tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat carrots with mixer or in blender. Add all other ingredients and beat well.

Bake at 350F for 30 minutes or until set.

Sprinkle with chopped walnuts or pecans. Bake five minutes longer.

Mache Salad
(followed losely from Outdoor Entertaining by Williams-Sonoma)

1/2 cup (2oz) pecan halves
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard

1 shallot finely chopped
1/3 cup (3 oz) olive oil
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 oz. mache (mache is sometimes called Lamb's Lettuce.  If you can't find it, arugula or baby spinach would probably make a good substitute)
4 radishes
1/4 lb. blue cheese crumbled

To prepare the pecans:
Preheat oven to 350F.  Rinse the pecans in a sieve and set aside to drain.  In a small bowl combine the sugar and dry mustard.  Add the pecans and toss until evenly coated.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and toast in oven for about 10 minutes or until dark brown.  Set aside and cool completely.  Better yet, make in advance, up to a week and store in an airtight container.

To make the dressing:
Whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients.  Let stand for 30 minutes or up to four hours to blend the flavors.

To serve the salad combine the mache leaves and thinly sliced radish slices in a bowl.  Drizzle with vinaigrette (I had dressing left over, so be careful not to over dress the salad) and toss evenly to coat.  Top with the pecans and blue cheese.


Lady Dorothy said...

I love your egg centerpiece! Are they fake or did you dye them?

Gombojav Tribe said...

Meg dyed them using stuff from around the house and yard. I'm going to blog about it on the other blog.

Fun, huh?! I LOVE the way they turned out.