I love hosting dinner parties for the same reason I love blogging about recipes: it allows me to share wonderful food with wonderful people! Dinner parties also afford me the opportunity to try out multiple new recipes at once with captive taste-testers, who never seem to mind.
I recently hosted four dear friends in my Manhattan apartment, two other New Yorkers and two new friends visiting from Paris. As they hailed from the culinary capital of the world, I was determined to show them just how delicious good ol’ American cooking could be – God forbid they return to France and tell people we only eat hamburgers and pizza, confirming the suspicions. I carefully selected the recipes for seasonality, ease of preparation, and, of course, general awesomeness, and included another one of my favorite restaurant copy-cat recipes, Pasta a la Pisticci. This is the complete menu I served that evening, in case you too would like to host a dinner party this fall!
Fall Dinner Party Menu
Pumpkin Bacon Sage Soup – the clear winner of the evening; one of my French guests said it was the best soup she’d ever had in her life! I’ve been dreaming about this soup ever since and plan to make it again. The only change I made is to only use 1/2 cup of cream instead of 1 cup.
Crispy Topped Brussels Sprouts & Cauliflower Gratin– delicious, but I think plain roasted sprouts and cauliflower taste even better, without the added calories.
Pasta a la Pisticci, which I am just about to tell you how to make – always a crowd pleaser.
Pear-ginger upside-down cake with fresh vanilla whipped cream
with garlic, spinach, and prosciutto
Per serving: 349 calories; 45 carbs; 11g fat; 20g protein; 729g sodium; 2g sugar
- 8 oz pasta of your choice; I used fettucini
- 4 oz prosciutto (I buy the brand at right)
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 8 oz baby spinach
- 1 T olive oil
- Parmesan cheese for serving (about 2 T per serving)