When planning dinner for guests, it can be tough to figure out just one course, let alone three, but don’t be overwhelmed. Planning a multi-course menu does not have to be daunting. Just follow these tips:
Plan your proteins first. Once you choose that central component, the rest will be easy.
Cook with the season. Knowing what’s at its best, meaning that it is in peak season, will help you build the most delicious (and nutritious) dishes.
Avoid repetition and overlap. This is where planning is key. If you wish to serve a creamy dill sauce with your chicken main course, perhaps your potatoes should be roasted instead of au gratin or creamy mashed.
Balance your colours. Imagine each course in your mind and see that there is colour variety. Nothing looks more bland than a plate of all-white foods (creamy chicken, cheesy cauliflower, potatoes), even if it does all taste good.
Evaluate your timing. Plan your dishes so that you don’t need to have 5 pots on the stove when you only have four burners! Is it hot outside? Plan a menu that doesn’t require turning on the oven.
Here’s a sample of a menu I might make this time of year, working in a little grilling and dining al fresco:
First Course: Finger-Food Fun
Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapeños
Pan con Tomate (Spanish Grilled Bread Rubbed with Garlic and Tomato)
Second Course: BBQ Feast
Slow-BBQ Spice-Rubbed Pork Shoulder
Creamy Rice Salad with Garden Peas
Waldorf Coleslaw with Celery, Raisins and Walnuts
Market Green and Yellow Beans with Tomato and Feta
Third Course: Refresh
Lemon Buttermilk Panna Cotta with Local Raspberries and Blueberries
So, for today’s Monday Giveaway, I want to know:
What’s your signature 3-course meal?
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I look forward to hearing about your 3-course meals!
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