Also made Fried spring rolls
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Hard to believe that Shea is 50 !!!!! Especially since most people think I look like her dad these days ....
So she wanted a classy 50th Bday party with our close friends and family. One of her friends Moira lives on this amazing CSA farm in Lincoln, Linden Tree Farms -http://lindentreefarm.com/. Luckily, Ari and Moira allowed us to use their barn for the party.
Shea was hot to trot to have Vietnamese finger food at the party and I wasn't sure I was up to cook for a large group.
So I decided to take a field trip to Dorchester, Ma and do a test off between the top Vietnamese places and see if they might cater the party. Off I went to Pho So 1 Boston and
Sautee some chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces in butter till half done. Remove and let cool.
Add chopped onion, leek, carrots, celery, parsnips to pan and let cook till onions are translucent. Remove veggies from pan, add a little more butter, a couple of tablespoons of flour and make a roux. After several minutes, add warm chicken stock and let it come to a simmer. It will get thicker.
Add all the veggies, chicken, frozen peas, or any other veggie, and mix together
Place the chicken veggie mix in a casserole and lay on top puff pastry . Brush egg wash on top of puff pastry and bake at 375 till the pastry is golden.
Sorry to have been MIA but I have no real excuse other than avoidance....
For the lamb, Pound out a leg of lamb till its 3/4" thick, Lay on mint leaves, Grate some garlic, really cold goat cheese and salt and pepper and roll it up and tie it.
Sautee on all sides and roast in a 400 degree oven till the internal temp is 140 (medium).
Clean the artichokes and cut them in 1/4s. let them soak in lemon water so they don't turn brown.
Sautee an onion in olive oil. when slightly brown, add the chokes and sautee for another 7-10 min. Add some chicken stock , fresh herbs and cover for 15 min on low/medium. Remove cover near end and raise the heat to thicken the sauce.
Cook polenta as you normally would with chicken stock, add a little milk or cream at the end and add 1 cup of grated cheese .