Sunday, 20 November 2011

Do You... Et Tu? The ET TU Caesar Salad Pre-Christmas Christmas Party

Behold my son's absolute favourite salad - the Et Tu Caesar salad. It's perfect for him, a bachelor and a student, as all he has to do is cut up some romaine hearts and toss with the Et Tu Caesar packets. It tastes just like family restaurant-style Caesar, which he loves.


But he doesn't stop there - he can grill some chicken breast or salmon on his little George Foreman and make a dinner out of it, it's a hard-working pantry staple and he can free-style dinner in no time.

But the holidays approach, and Et Tu has a few ideas for celebrating with friends.

Turn your weeknight Caesar into a delicious salad cup appetizer and pair with an amuse bouche and cocktail for easy and elegant entertaining - here's how!

The ET TU Caesar Salad 
Pre-Christmas Christmas Party

caesarfordinner.com
Whether you’re hosting a Christmas cocktail party or a quiet dinner with close friends and family, parties are the best part of the holidays. But they can also be a lot of work, and unfortunately most of us don't have elves to help with all the planning and prep. These menu, drink and party ideas will help you pull off a simple and festive fête.

Menu

For simple yet stunning hors d’oeuvres, serve these bite-sized Fig and Walnut Amuse-Bouche. They are as impressive as they are delicious, and the combination of ingredients provides a taste experience reminiscent of all things Christmas. Enjoy them with a beautiful “cup” of ET TU Caesar Light salad. These delicate parmesan cups are a perfect vessel for serving mini portions of ET TU Caesar Light salad and they’re easy to make.


 Fig and Walnut Amuse-Bouche    
from www.walnutinfo.com
     
8     medium-sized figs    
16     slices prosciutto    
4 oz     Gorgonzola cheese     80 g
32     California Walnut halves, toasted    

Cut the tip off of the figs and quarter lengthwise. Cut each piece of prosciutto in half, lengthwise.

Wrap a piece of prosciutto around the bottom each fig quarter so that the fig is nestled in the prosciutto. Spread 1 tsp (5 mL) of Gorgonzola over each fig and top each with a toasted walnut half.

Serve at room temperature as an hors d’oeuvre or on a bed of baby arugula and drizzle with aged balsamic as a starter.

Makes 32 pieces.

Beverage Pairing

Add a little spice to your celebration by serving this Royal Harvest cocktail as your signature party drink. The hint of cinnamon, mixed with the sweetness of apple cider and port creates a pleasantly flavoured beverage that is sure to spark festive feelings with your guests.

Royal Harvest

2 oz Port
4 oz Fresh apple cider
Cinnamon stick

Add the port and cider to a rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
 
Source - Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings and David Steele

Décor

It’s easy to overdo it with Christmas decorations. Simple decorations can evoke the festive spirit. For instance, simply hang a wreath or fill a tall vase with ornaments and serve your appetizers with red or silver napkins. Hors d’oeuvres can be presented to your guests on silver platters, or casually displayed on a buffet table.

If you have enough space for a tree, go ahead and decorate it in time for your party. A beautifully decorated tree is a traditional focal point, and it will certainly add warmth and cheer to your room. Keep the colours consistent with the look and feel of your party. Use ornaments that match the linens – a single colour always looks clean and sophisticated. Perhaps put the homemade decorations away until after the party. And, don’t forget the mistletoe!

Games/Activities

Organize a Secret Santa charity toy drive. Ask each guest to purchase a toy which they think their chosen recipient would have wanted as a child. Take turns opening the gifts – you’ll be surprised at the conversation this game can spark! Finally, donate all of the toys to a charity of your choice.

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