For a Christmas present, Hairy gifted my brother and his wife a homemade dinner. Tonight they cashed in, and my parents came, too. Hairy had been menu-planning for weeks, and he cooked over the last two days. He prepped 11 different dishes. I failed to photograph the 2 appetizer dishes (fresh mozarella balls and sundried tomatoes wrapped in prosciutto, and an amazing spread containing anchovies, bread, and parsley, served with crostatta.)
Mussels and clams in a rich savory broth with pancetta, shallots, garlic, white wine, clam stock, butter.
Milanese Risotto. Saffron, parmesan, chicken stock. (I helped stir for 2 seconds!)
White bean and fennel gratin.
Porchetta, pounded pork rolled up with parsley, sage, rosemary, lemon zest, olive oil, and feta.
Trout cooked on a cedar plank on our grill in the backyard. Served with lemon confit.
Apple, fennel, and celery root salad.
Braised kale with feta.
Dessert was with pain perdu, with mascarpone, berries, and rum carmel.
There are tons of leftovers and I can’t wait to eat risotto for dayzzzzzz!