9.08.2009

Fancy Dinner for my French Aunt

Pin It My aunt is visiting from France. And since we are taking off to Espana on Friday, I wanted to have her over before then.

So my labor day was spent laboring around the kitchen. But I'm mostly to blame. I decided to make two dishes I never have before. And that always makes me a little nervous. For the main course, I made two pork tenderloins stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, topped with grape tomatoes. Stuffing pork tenderloins is hard. And what's harder is knowing when it's done. The stuffing makes it difficult to use a handy thermometer.

After stuffing the meat and rolling it tight, I browned it before putting it in the oven. Then I made my tomato topping in the pan I browned the meat in, adding some additional olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

I also made a potato and zucchini torte. The layering process is below. I did three layers of each, with cheese in between, and a top layer with potatoes only.



This thing was delicious. Pretty rich, too. I think I'd go lighter on the oil and cheese next time, but for my first try, I say it's a success. I wish I had a photo of a slice, but it's strange taking pictures at the dinner table.

I also made tzatziki, with a little too much garlic for some people.

And a simple chickpea salad with red onions, olives, a variety of herbs, and an olive oil and red wine vinegar dressing.
We finished off with a creme brule treat courtesy of Trader Joe's. Which I topped off with raspberries and figs. It was very nice looking, but by that time my camera was lost amongst the many many dirty dishes.

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