I just realized that I hadn’t posted the Easter menu yet. Since I was hosting the festivities, I completely forgot to take any pictures! d’oh! Oh well, here goes…
Dan made his world-famous (okra-free) Gumbo. This time he made the whole batch for meat eaters. Often he’ll take half the batch and leave it vegetarian for me. But, since there were so many people coming, we thought it better if he make it all meaty. I made homemade roasted vegetarian broth for the base. He added roasted chicken and Andouille sausage to it. I’m still working on getting the recipe out of him. We may have to arm wrestle for it!
He grilled a couple tri-tips. They were one of the most popular things on the table!
I made my Asian Chickpea Salad
Cukes and onions … And they didn’t even make it out to share. I completely forgot about them, so I ended up eating the whole thing by myself the week following Easter. That might’ve been better for my breath at a social event anyway!
Pea Salad: I really liked this and I knew that Dan’s family would too. It’s just like potato salad but with peas instead of potatoes. I made a few changes to it… I used jarred roasted red peppers instead of pimentos; sour cream instead of mayonnaise; a sweet pickle that I finely chopped instead of pickle relish (because I learned that morning that I was out of relish!); and I left the mustard out. Easy to make too!
Caprese Salad: cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, fresh basil, salt, pepper, olive oil, and balsamic. Yum!
Potatoes au Gratin: This was my favorite new thing, and I’m really sorry that I didn’t take any pictures of it because it was beautiful! For me, this is a sometimes treat though! Pretty heavy with cream that I don’t normally make or eat. My changes: garlic powder instead of fresh garlic; replaced the bacon with smoked Gouda (I find that smoked Gouda gives the smokey flavor of bacon without the meat; no, it isn’t exact, but that’s just fine with me).
And, for me this is the slightly embarrassing dish… Pizza Rolls from a package. See, I was at Target and I walked past a display of these packaged things (90 of them in a bag!), and I thought they would be good and easy for the kids coming over for one of our get-togethers. When Dan saw them he told me that I should make them for Easter. Well, they were a huge hit! And now I’ll probably have to make them every time.
There was tons of other food, as everyone brings a dish or two. All delish! And, seeing family was just so lovely! 🙂 Thanks for letting me host this year!