Tuscan Farmhouse Dinner

Tuscan Farmhouse Dinner

Tuscan Farmhouse Dinner*

Tonight you and your guests will create a Tuscan farmhouse experience. Imagine the golden sun setting on rolling hills of grape vines and olive trees, ready for harvest. In the Tuscan spirit, this menu includes simple foods made with fresh, traditional ingredients. The tablescape can be very simple, with a white tablecloth, a bouquet of flowers from the garden or a small bouquet of sunflowers. If you have brightly colored dishes, tonight is the night to use them. Accent with warm candlelight. The Grilled Bruschetta with Three Savory Toppings will give your guests a variety of Italian flavors to enjoy while they are cooking. The Insalata Caprese offers fragrant basil, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. If tomatoes are not in season, opt for the simple Bibb and Red Leaf Salad. Cooking Chicken Under a Brick is a technique that creates a crisp, crackling skin and moist, juicy meat. The breasts are pounded to a uniform thickness, marinated with spices and Italian herbs, then grilled while weighted with foil-covered bricks. The chicken is accompanied by white beans spiked with roasted red peppers and ribbons of fresh spinach, and by zucchini that has been treated with a spicy rub before a turn on the grill. The Fallen Chocolate Cakes are served warm to let you enjoy their fudgy interior.

APPETIZERS
Grilled Bruschetta with Three Savory Toppings
Tomato and Basil
Prosciutto and Melon
Eggplant and Roasted Red Pepper

SALAD
Insalata Caprese or
Bibb and Red Leaf Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

ENTRÉE
Chicken Under a Brick
Tuscan White Beans
Grilled Zucchini

DESSERT
Fallen Chocolate Cakes for Eight

*Illustrations by Traci O’Very Covey