Our Spirited Gourmet Gathering features a wonderful menu where each course incorporates a wine or spirit. The evening kicked off with Limoncello Lobster Cocktails and Candied Fireball Whiskey Nuts. Check out the rest of the delicious menu and don’t forget to Like, Comment and Share!
Spirited Gourmet Gathering
It was our turn to host Gourmet Club, and we realized we had to dig deep to come up with a new theme. This was our 42nd gathering over the last 14 years, which meant we had already covered a lot of ground. Everything from ethnic cuisine to ingredient-focused recipes, seasonal menus, and a few other creative ideas. After much brainstorming, Mike and I settled on the Spirited Gourmet idea. What resulted was a menu that ranged from sophisticated to fun, yet everything was better than everything else (one of our favorite sayings at gourmet group.)
Lynda and Brian served an indulgent Limoncello Lobster Cocktail. These appetizers were a ceviche-like seafood and fresh salsa combination with a Limoncello (Italian lemon liquor) vinaigrette. Yummy! They said the Candied Fireball Whiskey Nuts they created were just an afterthought. Actually, we were all quite happy they did think of them. They turned out to be a wonderful sweet and cinnamon nibble with the wine.
The 1st course was a last-minute selection we created, due to friends that were unable to attend. We chose a Watermelon, Jicama Salad with Tequila Vinaigrette, topped with spicy tortilla strips. This was a fairly easy salad which also included mango and avocado to round out the Mexican flavor palette. It was a refreshingly light 1st course and a fun way to incorporate a unique liquor into the menu.
The inspiration for the Spirited theme started with the main course recipe we selected – Salmon over Creamy Leeks with Red Wine Butter. In this recipe a cream sherry was used in the leek sauce and a shallot red wine reduction was used to make the butter for the grilled salmon. Both the creamy leek sauce and salmon were served over smashed (not mashed – much to Mike and Brian’s delight) red potatoes.
Sue and Gary treated us to Roasted Cherry and Bourbon Milkshakes with Fudge Sauce. Not your run-of-the-mill milkshake, let me tell you! These adult milkshakes featured Makers Mark bourbon whiskey, home-made roasted cherries and fudge sauce, topped with mini chocolate chips. These delectable desserts put a lovely nightcap on our spirited gourmet gathering!
Feast your eyes on a sneak peek of our menu and enjoy the appetizer recipes provided below. The rest of the recipes will be posted shortly.