Gourmet Dinner Club was wonderful last night. It was at our house so we had the entree. We only had one glitch, which I will explain later. We invited an extra couple so there were 10 people in all. Everything that everyone made was excellent! So, without further ado, here is what we had:
For appetizer course - Gallantine of Duck with a Lingonberry Chutney, Bacon Wrapped Chicken Liver/Water Chestnuts cooked in brown sugar, Red Pepper Fondue with mini Ravioli's and Tortellini willed with spinach, tomatoes, and paprika (some of the tortellinis were red - he used beets to color the pasta). Are you starting to drool yet?
For soup or salad course - Tuscan Minestrone Soup with fresh baked Tuscan Pane (bread - and oh was it good).
For entree course - Spinach & Mushroom Stuffed Butterflied Pork Loin with a Red Pepper Coulis, Creamy Rosemary Potatoes, and Green Beans Almondine. This is when the glitch happened. After roasting for 30 minutes the foil cover had to be removed for browning during the remaining time. When the timer went off, someone (and I am not naming names) accidently turned the oven off instead of the timer. So, needless to say, dinner was significantly delayed. Everything still tasted great though. It was a little hectic so I forgot to take a picture.
For dessert course - Hazelnut Panna Cotta with a Hazelnut Syrup (homegrown hazelnuts), with assorted Tea Cookies (Ginger Pillows, Bourbon Hazelnut Cookies, Thumbprint Cookies)
We were all happy, full, and tired.