My very first 5 course dinner

May 21, 2010

As a gift to our mom for Mother’s Day, my sisters and I invited her and my dad over for a 5 course dinner. It was a wonderful night. Alexandra and Taylor kept the kiddies occupied, while my new precious niece kept the adults occupied with snuggles.

I’m going to quickly go through the rough directions/ingredients we used to make this meal. If you are interested in a more detailed recipe, let me know and I’ll fish it out and share. I don’t want this post to go on and on and on!

Our menu consisted of:
Appetizer: 3 Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Soup: Cream of asparagus Soup
Salad: Layered Summer Spinach Salad
Main Course: Teriyaki Porkloin, Twice Baked Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus, French Bread
Dessert: Marbled Cake drizzled with Caramel Sauce and Whipped Cream

We started off the evening with some wine and 3 cheese stuffed mushrooms. By the time I whipped up this recipe they were more like 5 or 6 cheese, and they were DELICIOUS. Using regular white button mushrooms, we pulled out the stems and chopped up about half of them. We then mixed: 1/2 a medium onion, a couple of cloves of garlic, a cup or so of cream cheese, salt and pepper and a combo garlic spice I had in the cupboard

    After this was nicely mixed, we also added a couple of handfuls of an Italian cheese mix which included asiago, provolone, mozza, and Parmesan. YUM! In a greased round baking dish we placed the stuffed mushrooms, and with the leftover cheese mixed, dropped it around the mushrooms to fill up the dish. These were baked at 400°F for about 20 minutes and served with fresh bread and taco chips.

    Next up was one of my previous posts, Cream of Asparagus soup. It’s in season, and I use it LOTS. It was also a hit.

    The salad round consisted of a Layered Summer Salad including baby spinach, sliced mushrooms, green onions, bacon, peas, shredded marble cheese, and topped with a sugared mayo dressing (a couple of scoopfuls of mayo/miracle whip, a couple tbsp of sugar, some Parmesan cheese). So yummy and light. Definitely going to be one of my summer favorites.

    Our main course…I wish I could eat it all over again, right now. It was so yummy.

    The pork loin was marinated for about 5 hours in a Teriyaki sauce. You can either purchase this pre-made from the grocery store, or whip up your own. And then baked for about 45 minutes at 400°F. It was slightly crispy on the outside, and so juicy on the inside.

    For Twice Baked Potatoes, bake your potatoes brushed with oil until soft. Let them cool and then slice in half and scoop out the insides. Mix with sour cream, green onions, salt and pepper, butter and cheese. Mash until smooth, and fill potato halves. About 1/2 hour before dinner, toss them bake in the oven to heat them up.

    Roasted Asparagus…chopped off the bottom ends of your asparagus. Place in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the oven at 400°F for 8-10 minutes until tender. Top with 1 tbsp melted butter, 1-2 tbsp soya sauce, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar.

    And this was all topped off by my sisters lovely marbled cake dessert. After all that hard work, and yummy food, we needed something easy and light, and this was perfect. Using a marbled cake boxed cake mix, prepare your cake. Use a pretty bundt pan to freshen it up and make it look pretty on a platter. Then using evaporated milk, sugar, vanilla, she made her own caramel sauce. Oh boy…it was warm, gooey, and oh so good. I don’t have the recipe handy, but if you’re looking for exact measurements and directions, I’ll hunt it down. The caramel sauce was drizzled on top, be generous, it’s yummy, top with some nice light freshly whipped cream.

    Don’t be intimated at all by the above. Every dish was simple and easy, that even the beginner cook could tackle. The number one thing is to have all your ingredients pre-bought. Don’t try do groceries and cooking all in one day. You’ll feel too exhausted at the end to even enjoy your creation. And then stick to one dish at a time, cleaning up after each one, so when you are finished your fridge is full of prepared food, and your kitchen does NOT look like a bomb went off in it! A cooking sidekick also makes for a fun day of prep – so make it a dinner for four, and ensure the men know they are cleaning up!!


    One Response to “My very first 5 course dinner”

    1. Keri Says:

      Nice work! I’ll definitely go back to this and try the asparagus. So many people have been telling me lately it’s so good and it’s something I’ve never tried before 🙂

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