Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Comfort Food*

Comfort foods are simple classics that provide emotional satisfaction. They have a timeless quality that draws us back to them every few years, so they never really go out of style. The host will greet guests with appetizers prepared ahead of time: a shrimp cocktail with homemade spicy cocktail sauce and a platter of purchased pâté,cornichons and crusty breads or crackers. A green salad gets a flavor boost with white peaches, goat cheese and candied almonds. The beef short ribs are braised to tender perfection, and the resulting sumptuous red wine reduction sauce makes a heavenly accompaniment to the roasted garlic mashed potatoes. Steamed baby carrots complete the entree, which stands up to a good Cabernet Sauvignon. The Apple Tarte Tatin dessert is a special addition to this menu, and must be prepared in an iron skillet to be authentic. Sliced apples are artfully arranged in layers in the pan and caramelized on the stovetop. The pan is topped with flaky pastry dough, baked until golden brown, and then flipped upside down onto a serving dish. Vanilla ice cream sets it off nicely. You may consider serving a small cognac at the end of this meal to add a bit of the “supper club” feel to the experience.

APPETIZERS
Classic Shrimp Cocktail Spicy Cocktail Sauce
Pâté, Cornichons, Artisanal Crackers and Crusty Bread

SALAD
Mixed Greens with White Peaches, Goat Cheese and Candied Almonds

ENTRÉE
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Veal Demi-Glace and Wine Reduction Sauce
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Baby Carrots

DESSERT
Apple Tarte Tatin
Vanilla Ice Cream

*Illustrations by Traci O’Very Covey