Closing out the menu for my dinner with friends, dessert! Wanting something very easy (sorbet) but also with a homemade touch, I decided to try one of recipes from the InStyle magazine party guide page I keep talking about, Ginger Pecans.
The third easy dish I made for my dinner with friends was Nigella Lawson’s Thai Crumbled Beef in Lettuce Wraps. I first came across this dish when I bought Nigella’s Forever Summer cookbook in 2003. I have made many wonderful dishes from that cookbook, and this one remains one of my favorites.
Continuing on to the next dish that I served for my friends at my easy dinner party, the Beef-Scallion Skewers. As I mentioned in the original Tuna Tartare Chips post, while browsing InStyle magazine back in 2006, I came across a party guide section that included wonderful and easy recipes that I have made multiple times and are always a hit. The Beef-Scallion Skewers are part of those recipes and like the tuna tatare chips, they are also very easy to make and super flavorful.
On the menu:
- Tuna Tartare Chips
- Beef-Scallion Skewers
- Thai Crumbled Beef in Lettuce Wraps
- Jasmine Rice (A Taste of Thai Jasmine Rice, from the box)
- Sorbet from The Frieze with ginger pecans on the side (recipe to come)
Last year I invited some people over for dinner and as I was planning the menu, I asked if they had any dietary restrictions. When they told me that they had been trying to avoid gluten and lactose, I suggested scallops or chicken. That’s when I found out that one of them doesn’t like scallops, the other doesn’t like chicken, and they’re all trying to avoid red meat altogether. Since fish isn’t my strong suit, I started searching various sites for recipes that were gluten free, lactose free and vegetarian, trying to find anything that actually sounded appetizing. That was when I came across one of the easiest, tastiest dishes: Whole Living’s Oven Puttanesca.