Supper club is a lot of fun, but can be a ton of work. The worst part of it for me is the clean up. Usually we drink about 1.25 bottles of wine per person and have dozens of dirty dishes. Thank god for dishwashers, eh?
Since we just returned from Paris a few weeks ago, so my menu is heavily influenced by the rich French food we enjoyed. Plus, it is fall, so I'm open to a heavy rich meal with friends. Plus, my new dining chairs have an obvious French flair -- don't you think?
I will be trying a few new recipes during this supper club too. My menu isn't finalized yet, but here's what I'm thinking so far.
- Assortment of Cheeses and nuts with popovers and bacon as the hors d'oeuvres
- Seared Scallops with a bacon butter sauce over wilted spinach for a first course
- Homemade French Onion Soup
- Chicken Dijon (with chicken thighs instead of drumsticks) served over herbed rice with haricort vert wrapped in either a carrot ribbon or bacon
- For dessert I intend on making homemade dark chocolate and sea salt bon bons (les bonbons) along with some purchased chocolates and other sweets.
I will serve some bubbles to start then move into various whites and red wines for the rest of the meal. I will probably also serve sparkling and port at dessert.
I think I need another side dish with the entree, but I'm not sure what else to cook. I guess I could also include a simple salad, which would be easy and colorful.
Are you members of a group like this? Do you enjoy trying new recipes when you have a houseful of people? Does my menu look appetizing? Too much bacon (is that possible)? Too rich? Would you like to come to dinner?