Casual Dinner with friends
Our casual dinner menu is all about keeping it simple, but making sure it tastes amazing. All the elements of the dishes can be prepared before your guest even arrive. The pre-prep for each recipe doesn’t take any longer than 35 minutes so give it a go.
The casual dinner menu starts with a lightly baked goats cheese pear and rocket salad. The main course is crispy chicken goujons with avocado, roast cherry tomatoes and lettuce, contained in a soft wrap with a garlic and parmesan dressing. To conclude the meal a lovely strawberry Mille-feuille. The menu can be adjusted for vegetarian by replacing the chicken with crispy courgette slices.
Starter – Baked Goats Cheese with Pear and Rocket Salad
The starter for the casual dinner menu is baked goats cheese with pear and rocket salad. This is a fantastic starter of goat’s cheese and ciabatta with roast hazelnuts, served on a bed of caramelised pears and rocket and sprinkled with a honey balsamic and mustard dressing.
The pre-prep items for this dish are:-
- Caramelised the pears and placed in the fridge till needed. Warm through just before serving.
- Place the goats cheese on the ciabatta discs, coat in crushed nuts and refrigerated. Pop into the oven just before the guest sit down to dinner.
- Finally pre-prepare the dressing and set aside ready to serve.
When the guest arrive cook the goats cheese disc and warm the pears. Plate the salads with the rocket, pear slices and goats cheese, serve with the balsamic dressing.
Main Course – Chicken Goujons Wrap with Herby Tomatoes, Avocado & Parmesan Mayo
The main course for the casual dinner menu is chicken goujon wraps. Crispy succulent chicken goujons enclosed in a soft wrap with sweet roast tomatoes, fresh avocado and crispy lettuce served with a savoury parmesan and garlic mayo.
The pre-prep items for this recipe are:-
- Pre-prepare the parmesan and garlic dressing and placed in the fridge.
- Roast the cherry tomatoes, cool and store in the fridge (make sure the tomatoes are cold before you refrigerate) .
- Coat the chicken goujons in the breadcrumb mixture and refrigerate. Peel and cut sweet potato into chips, wrap in cling film set a side.
- Mix the chip spice but do not added it to the chips till just before they go in the oven.
When you remove the goats cheese from the oven for the starter, place the chicken goujons in the oven. Toss the chips in the oil and spices and place them in the oven too. Remove the roast ,tomatoes from the fridge as they taste better at room. temperature. Just before serving warm the wraps and slice the avocados.
Place all the elements in separate dishes and let the guests create their own wraps.
If you have any vegetarian guests, you can easily swap the chicken goujons for courgette slices (remember to replace your parmesan with a vegetarian cheese) the rest of the recipe remains the same.
Strawberry Mille-feuille Gateau
The dessert for this menu is Strawberry Mille-feuille Gateau. Fresh strawberries and cream layered between light puff pastry topped with sliced strawberries and glazed with redcurrant jelly.
This is a classic dessert and incredibly easy to make. Prepare this dish before your guest arrive, the pastry can go soft so I personally would make it on the day. You can bake the pastry the day before and store it in an air tight container. Once the pudding is complete refrigerate until required.
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