One hundred and fifty episodes later, we’re having another fabulous dinner party. Though we’re still celebrating more hypothetically than in real life, we’re still thrilled. This time we have a make ahead meal that is decadent enough for a winter’s night. A platter of roasted vegetables, some poached fish or chicken, hard boiled eggs, and some crusty bread are a fantastic foil to the rich and creamy aioli from Not Without Salt. Round it out with chocolate mousse from Once Upon a chef. Her recipe is clear, streamlined, and is a chocolate lover’s dream. Sure, we’re still having hypothetical dinner parties. But when the food is this good, we’re happy to at least share it over the airwaves.
A Wintry Le Grand Aioli, Chocolate Mousse
Everyone can make their own plate with a grand aioli. Maybe you’re all about the beets (ahem, Grant) or are more in the mood for poached salmon. In any case, this is the kind of dinner party that pairs well with a crowded table, a glass of wine, and plenty of conversation.
- Choose the vegetables and protein that appeals to you. Skip the fish or chicken altogether for roasted tofu, or lean into the hard boiled eggs.
- Kate made the aioli without the preserved lemon and it was still delicious.
- Whole Foods had a great black garlic aioli that Betsy loved.
Chocolate lovers, if you haven’t made chocolate mousse at home, you are in for a treat. Once Upon a Chef’s version was straightforward, foolproof, and a spoon full of deep, dark, chocolate love. Make this on a day where you need a little boost. Don’t wait for a dinner party to enjoy.
- The best chocolate you can find is always a good idea. But if you find the Aldi’s Belgian chocolate chunks, you won’t be disappointed.
- A little goes a long way; this is a rich dessert. Espresso cups or other small glasses would be the idea end to a dinner party.
From the Smorgasbord:
Family Favorite: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin: Episode 141
Surprise Favorite: Pressed Italian Sandwiches: Episode 143 (Kate and Betsy!)