Good Morning, everyone! It's been a while! Did you miss us?? We missed you... and just to make it up to you - we have TWO birthday blog posts... but I'm not posting the next one for a few days just yet - make you wait for it. I'm a tease like that.
Please note our title says "M"... that's because I've never actually confirmed with our friends (new to our blog world), if they're cool with their names being posted on the internet. So for now - you get initials. We introduced two new people to our birthday blog bashes because 1) they're our friends and 2) we cook a lot, we need more mouths to feed - otherwise our dogs get fat. They've brought inspiration, ideas, and extra hands to our kitchens!
So when it came time for M to decide his ingredients, he said without hesitation - "horseradish and beets." Ugh. What? Seriously? Ick. (This coming from a girl who didn't even know what a beet looked like, let alone tasted like." But - we don't judge... and what turned out was an incredibly delicious meal!
** Please note that I am a failure. I can't find any pictures of wine bottles from this night. Which means, we enjoyed them so much that we forgot to take pictures. Sorry, folks!
Cocktail - Lemon Martini
Please note the super cute beet chip as garnish. We stuck with a classic cocktail because there is lemon throughout the menu, and we didn't want something that overwhelmed. It was more like a palate cleanser to prepare for deliciousness.
Hors d'Ouevre - Roasted Beet Chips
Hey! They taste like potato chips! Or those super fancy chips you buy in the organic section of the grocery store!
Appetizer - Beet Souffle with Lemony Horseradish Crème Fraiche
Clearly the website we got the recipe from must have added some food coloring. However, delicious! I've realized that beets almost have no flavor - they are sweet and earthy and kind of just blend in with their surroundings. The lemon worked well with the horseradish to give it great flavor!
Entrée - Horseradish Crusted Prime Rib
Ummm... YUM! First off, please note that we used two different types of prepared horseradish. One was a local brand (shout out to "Holy Schmitt" in Long Island!), and the other was a spicy one from a local farmer's market. (Forget the name, sorry.) We kind of alternated which one we used in which recipe - but we did use the spicy on the meat. Do not hesitate to do it - the strong flavor bakes out of the roast so you'll never know. We did leave the roast in the oven a little longer but it still came out perfectly medium rare!
Side Dish - Scalloped Potatoes with Horseradish and Parmesan
Yeah... potatoes. Cream, horseradish,cheese. What's not to love????
Dessert - Beet Panna Cotta
Surprisingly tasty! Once again, the beets can be on the sweet side, so when combined with sugar and the lemon mousse - extremely tasty! In case you're wondering what's in the second picture - it's an Old Fashioned jello shot!. (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/05/drink-the-book-old-fashioned-jelly-shot.html.)
Dessert - Vegan Chocolate Lava Cake
Okay, this was my biggest fear. I'm a chocolate lava cake purist. I was worried. I bit my nails the entire time it was baking. It was GREAT! Who knew?
So there you go - an entire menu based on horseradish and beets. Thanks for joining us!