Friday, December 21, 2012

A Romantic New Year's Eve Menu

Many people enjoy going out to parties on New Year's Eve, but there are also many, like me, who prefer to stay home. I think it's the perfect time to share a delicious meal and a great bottle of champagne in front of the fire with someone you love.

Today I'm going to give you a recipe I traditionally make every year for New Year's.  Because crabs' claws are so expensive where I live, they are a once a year indulgence - and Crab Louis sauce was made to go with them.

A green salad with champagne vinaigrette compliments this perfectly. (I have a bottle of champagne vinegar that I use just for this.)   Of course, no special occasion would be complete without a decadent chocolate dessert, and as far as I'm concerned, chocolate covered strawberries are the best accompaniment to champagne.

There is quite an interesting story behind this sauce.  Enrico Caruso, whose appetite was as grand as his voice is supposed to have discovered this in a Seattle club.  He was so taken by it that he kept the creator of the dish, a chef named Louis, busy making it over and over again until he finally ran out of ingredients.  It's usually served as a salad with crab meat, but it also makes a delicious dip for seafood.

Crab Louis Sauce

Ingredients :

-  1/2 cup of mayonnaise
-  1/2 cup sour cream
-  2 tablespoons chili sauce
-  2 tablespoons walnut or macadamia nut oil
-  1 tablespoon vinegar
-  1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
-  1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
-  1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
-  2 teaspoons of grated onion
-  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-  4 drops of Tabasco sauce

Directions :

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour so the flavours can meld together.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Ingredients :

-  2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
-  1/4 cup champagne vinegar
-  3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
-  1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-  a few grinds of fresh black pepper

Directions :
  • Combine the mustard and vinegar, then, while whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in the olive oil.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

Whether you decide to spend it with friends and family or have a private party for two, I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve.

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