There is nothing better than an event with friends; sharing memories, drinks and good food. Should you be a host there is, however, the pressure of providing options that hit the spot. We work through some of the best ways to indulge and remove the stress from your gathering.
The Perfect Platter
A sure-fire way to kick things off in style is to provide antipasto that awakens the tastebuds to the wonders of cheese and associated pickles. You could do this in a number of ways, catering for all tastes by offering a selection that includes high-quality varieties of cow, sheep, goat or buffalo milk. If you want to branch out, source European offerings from renowned French, Spanish or Dutch regions and pair these with pickles, jams, olives and sweet honey. Cheese and crackers are the classic combination; however, milder cheeses can top shortbread cookies or oatcakes beautifully, and be a real conversation starter.
Fresh Fish Flavour
Clam chowder is a staple of every good American party offering and you can create it with a luxurious edge by taking inspiration from a huge number of differing recipes. This doesn’t have to be the go-to choice though and perhaps the occasion would benefit from a different fish option – catfish, tilapia or a pricier Yellowfin tuna could be worth the outlay.
Frying catfish and marrying with a Piri-Piri sauce is sure to be delectable, while Yellowfin offers more of a mellow flavor as tender white meat famous for a smooth texture, that melts in the mouth. At around $30 per pound, it may bump up the cost but the experience of braising such a quality product in something like a white wine sauce and serving up a fresh salad may be quite a memorable one.
Blow Away Beef
As the main meat usually on show it stands to reason that you may want to go a little bit extra with the beef you eat. The quality of the meat is probably the most important factor as to the taste you experience so going for a high-grade USDA Prime or top-third cut that has been well-aged would be the way to experience real indulgence. Rather than opting for a standard steak, consider dry-aged ribeye. Reduced moisture will give an enhanced flavor and tenderness – it is certainly one for meat connoisseurs.
Add sparkle to everything that has gone before with refreshments that show your personality. Champagne can be an indulgence that is added to fruit offerings such as lemonade or cranberry to make up a special cocktail. You could even experiment with lesser-used flavours such as apricot adding in a premium brandy and letting the drinks flow. Cold affairs can be heated up with the spice of rum, cinnamon schnapps and any seasonal offerings to create an aromatic brew sure to be savoured state-wide.
Top Off Things With Truffles
Chocolate should always be involved in any conversation that concerns dessert and truffles are the height of opulence in this category. Should you have any cheese left from earlier suggestions now with also be a perfect time to combine the two. Research of guest preference beforehand is recommended to give more choice and ideas as to how this candy classic can complete the whole experience with your friends.