Small Gatherings Summer-Party for 10

This week’s seasonal menus feature continues with more delicious goodies from Small Gatherings Seasonal Menus for Cozy Dinnerswritten by Jessica Strand. Today’s menu is is a dinner party for 10 for Friday evening.

Menu:

-          Skinny Casa Noble Margarita (from Casa Noble Recipes)

-          Tangy Peppery Watercress Soup

-          Pork Roast with Mustard-and Herb-Crust

-          Arugula Salad with Mango, Avocado, and Red Onion

-          Pistachio-Caradmom Cake with Lime Syrup

Menu Manager:

1. The day before dinner:

Make the Soup. Let cool and refrigerate

2. The morning of the dinner:

Make the vinaigrette and refrigerate

Make the cake and set aside at room temperature

3. About three hours before serving:

Bring the meat to room temperature

Make the mustard-and-herb mixture for the pork

4. About two hours before serving:

Rub the mustard-and-herb mixture on the pork roast and put the roast in the oven

 Prepare the ingredients for the salad, except for the avocados, and refrigerate

5. About 40 minutes before serving:

Remove the vinaigrette from fridge and bring it to room temperature

6. Just before serving:

Gently rewarm the soup, and whip the cream for the garnish

Prepare the avocados; assemble and dress the salad

 

Recipe from Small Gatherings by Jessica Strand (Egg & Dart Press, May 2013)
Image by: Sheri Giblin