Wow, this menu is amazing, if I do say so myself! It’s all about magical combinations. The menu itself is a magical combination:
* Osso Buco (braised veal shanks) Garnished with Gremolata
* Buttered Egg Noodles with Fresh Parsley
* Sweet Peas with Beurre Blanc Drizzle and Chives
* Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
It all sounds so fancy, but everything on this menu is easy to make and offers up big WOW flavor and big WOW presentation.
After the veal shanks are browned, the french vegetable combo, mirepoix is added to the roasting pan. Mirepoix, pronounced, “mere pwah”, is the classic trio of onions, celery and carrots. This combo is used to flavor many soups and stews. I love it for braising meats. The pan is deglazed with white wine and the famous herb combo of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme is added.
I served the osso buco (veal shanks) with a pan sauce made from the braising liquid and topped them with another amazing combo, Gremolata. Gremolata is a garnish made from citrus peel and herbs. I made my Gremolata from lemon and orange zest, garlic and parsley. Look at the photo above and see how festive it looks scattered over the shanks! Festive and flavorful!
Braised meat generally renders a gorgeous pan sauce. I love to pair the meat with buttery egg noodles for soaking up all that heavenly sauce. For my menu, I used a fancy Italian egg pasta called, Cappellacci all’Uovo, which means egg noodles shaped like marigolds. You can use any egg noodle you like. My favorite way to do egg noodles is to serve them with a little butter, salt and pepper, and a lot of fresh parsley. Now, that’s a combo you can’t go wrong with.
I wanted a simple vegetable to balance the big flavor of the veal. I settled on peas, but I can’t just serve plain peas can I? Heck no. I served the peas with a beurre blanc sauce and chopped fresh chives. Beurre blanc is a classic french sauce made from lemon juice, white wine, whole cream and butter. Wow, a drizzle of that sauce over the peas took them to a whole new level. Still simple but , oh my, delicious!
For my final classic pairing, I served a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Can you have carrot cake without cream cheese frosting? I think not. It was moist and tasty but I must admit, I used a Duncan Heinz cake mix. My regular readers know I’m not the most experienced dessert maker.
I was rooting around in my cupboards looking for cake pans and found I didn’t have any cake pans. Oh yeah, I don’t know how to make cake! I don’t think I’ve ever made cake! My husband was an angel and flew to the store to buy a couple of cake pans. Now that I’ve succeeded at the box mixed cake, I’m tempted to try a carrot cake from scratch. Does anyone have any good cake recipes or cake making tips?