My friends Damion and Yvonne came over for a casual Oscars viewing on Sunday. I was going to make an elaborate dinner but since we were planning on being curled up in front of the TV, temperatures dropping outside, I decided to make a menu to match including a panini bar with a variety of fixings and toppings....
appetizers: healthy snacks.
roasted spiced garbanzo beans (recipe seen here)
preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry kale leaves (I used black kale). Cut in half and arrange on a baking sheet lined with foil. Spray liberally with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast about 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven) until crisp.
drinks: champagne (it is the Oscars).
pink champagne (with appetizers)
extra dry brut champagne (with dinner and dessert)
dinner: panini bar.
I gave my friends lots of options so they could build their own panini. A hot panini press was ready whenever they were finished assembling. Mugs of roasted bell pepper tomato soup and a fresh simple green salad rounded out the dinner.
cheese: goat brie, gorgonzola, cow & sheep's milk
toppings: proscuitto, pears, carmelized onions, peppadews, pickles
spreads: pesto, fig jam, mango chutney, Indian sweet eggplant relish
dessert: tidbits and ice cream sandwiches.
ice cream sandwiches