Monday, March 8, 2010

Oscar Party on a French Theme



No one knows how to party like the French, no?

So in honor of Meryl Streep being nominated for her role as Julia Child in "Julie and Julia" we decided to take our knitting circle to the streets (in the style of the Doobie Brothers) and have a French themed Oscar party...

Minus the knitting...I know I know...but stick with me

It was low key by all French standards but fun nonetheless... We had some great french style dishes...

Gruyere Puff Pastry Twirls


What's a French Party without Cheese???


Rosemary & Cayenne Cashews with a little kick....

And the highlight - a take on Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic using on Chicken Breast. A much easier recipe that takes way less time than the original and still as flavorful...

Along with that we had wonderful Kir Royales and Bellini's made by our resident knitting workhorse Alex Sedlander (aka. Lil Sed)

Of course we ended it all with Green Tea infused Creme Brulees. But we ate them so fast I didn't get any pictures...

That's how you know they were good...But here are a few recipes until I can make more.

Gruyere Puff Pastry Twirls
1 sheet puff pastry
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated Gruyere Cheese

Unfold and roll out the puff pastry. Brush Olive oil over the entire sheet. Sprinkle cheese and then salt and pepper. With a pizza cutter cut 1/4 inch strips. Transport to baking sheet and twist each strip making sure you press ends to the baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Chicken Breasts with 40 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of butter
4 tbsp olive oil
6 chicken breasts
cloves of three heads of garlic peeled
1 1/2 cup white wine
2 tbsp cream
2 tbsp flour
salt and pepper to taste

Dry chicken breasts and then salt and pepper each one. Put in frying pan on medium high heat and brown on both sides. Remove the breasts to a separate plate. Add the garlic and brown evenly on all sides. Add wine and then bring up to a boil. Add chicken breasts back in and cover for about 10 minutes. Remove breasts and take 1/4 cup of juices from pan and add flour and combine to form a slurry. Add back into the pan and combine. Add the heavy cream. Salt and pepper to taste.

Slice chicken breasts on platter and pour sauce over.

 Cashews with a kick
1 lbs of cashews unsalted
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp of dark brown sugar
3 tbsp of rosemary
1 tbsp salt

Roast Cashews in a 400 degree oven for 5-7 minutes. Add butter and seasonings and combine.
Serve warm.

After the eating we all filled out our ballots and critiqued the red carpet fashions (we were not impressed) and overall had a great time.

Here's to finding excuses for knitting circle soirees!

3 comments:

  1. How fun! I actually just had a french dinner party as well! I did it for a Foodbuzz 24,24,24, and it was based off of Julie and Julia. So much fun! Your recipes look great. I love cheese puffs like that, but I've never made them!

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  2. Thanks so much! I wanted to do it for a 24, 24, 24 but didn't realize until after the deadline had passed... Boo.

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