Elana is looking for some help with a Mother's Day menu. Here are her criteria:
I need a good Mother's Day Menu. I am having my mother and father and my mother-in-law and father-in-law over for dinner on Mother's Day. They are excited to use our new china and crystal and silver, so I need a meal worthy of serving on such nice place settings. My parents and my in-laws keep kosher, so no trief and no milk products with the meal unless I serve fish.
My mother will not eat lamb and likes her beef (if I serve that) extremely well done. I am just trying to find something that satisfies everyone and is not too difficult, as I hate to make a recipe for the first time for company. I am thinking maybe a roast of some sort, so I can cook it throughout the day. Or maybe a fish dish (although I hate salmon). I need a first course (soup or salad), a main course with sides, and a dessert (which can be dairy if it has to be).
Elana, it does seem like this might be the perfect occasion for a pot roast or a brisket. You can brown it the day before and then put it in the slow cooker overnight on low. It will be succulent in the morning! Or you can start it in the morning and cook it very low in the oven all afternoon.
I confess that I am not very knowledgeable about kosher restrictions so please forgive me if some of these suggestions don't entirely work together. But I am sure readers will have some helpful suggestions, too!
If you make a brisket, it would be simple to serve with a big green salad to start with some fresh spring vegetables, some bread, and perhaps a light pasta dish on the side. Or you could start off a little more unconventionally, like with a version of the radish sandwiches pictured above. For dessert, we are loving that dessert, too: a chocolate-peppermint tart with berries and currants. That would make a splendidly dramatic dessert on your new china!
You could also try a fish dish, like a baked flounder with rice, served with celery sticks and a bread pudding with strawberries to close.
All the recipes mentioned above can be found here:
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• Chocolate-Peppermint Tarts with Currants and Berries
• Radish Tea Sandwiches
• Menu: Baked Flounder with Onion and Lemon and Saffron Rice
Also check out this light, fresh menu for Mother's Day.
Readers, any suggestions?
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(Images: Martha Stewart)