The Most Mouth-Watering Five-Course Meal Ever Eaten

by Swetha Rajagopal

If you are ever having any gathering with a lot of people or a dinner date with a special someone, this five-course meal is made to please. Just make sure to tell them to come on an empty stomach!

Soup : Creamy Carrot Soup with Anise and Dill

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter (vegans: olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable spread)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1½ pounds carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth (vegans: vegetable broth)
  • ½ cup heavy cream (vegans: coconut milk, soy milk, cashew cream)
  • 6 whole star anise
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped dill
 Directions
  1. Heat the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, then add the onion and carrots. Cook for 5-7 minutes until the carrots are almost tender. Add the broth, star anise and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Discard the star anise.

Use a blender stick or food processor to puree the soup until smooth. Add the heavy cream, white pepper and dill. Heat through and serve hot garnished with a sprig of fresh dill                                                                                                    

Appetizer: Crab and Celery Root Remoulade

Ingredients

2 cups shredded peeled celery root

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

8 oz. lump crabmeat, drained and shelled pieces removed

3 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp finely chopped tarragon

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/8 tsp ground red pepper

2 tbsp olive oil

24 baby Boston leaves

Directions

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl.

2. Combine mayonnaise and next 6 ingredients (through red pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add oil, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle dressing over crab mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons crab mixture in center of each lettuce leaf.

Crab and Celery Root Rémoulade Recipe

 

Salad :  Spinach Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Pomegranate Vinaigarette

Ingredients-

1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Salt and ground black pepper
6 cups baby spinach leaves
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup walnut pieces

Directions-

In a small container with lid, combine pomegranate juice, vinegar, oil, and Dijon. Seal and shake to combine. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Place spinach on a serving platter and top with cranberries and walnuts. Pour vinaigrette over spinach and serve.

Main Course: Roasted Garlic Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients-

1 whole garlic head
1 teaspoon olive oil
8 ounces uncooked whole-grain spaghetti
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast cutlets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of ground red pepper
2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Directions-
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2.Cut the top off of the garlic head; discard the top. Rub cut side of garlic head with olive oil. Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves).
3.Wrap garlic in foil. Bake at 400° for 55 minutes or until tender; cool slightly.
4. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Place garlic pulp in a bowl; mash with a fork.
5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain.
6. Cut chicken cutlets lengthwise to form 8 (2-ounce) cutlets.
7. Sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and black pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
8. Add chicken to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan. Reduce heat to medium-low.
9. Add butter to pan; swirl until butter melts. Add flour; cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.
10. Stir in garlic pulp, milk, and chicken stock; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
11. Stir in peas; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat; stir in nutmeg, dash of ground red pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
12. Add pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with chicken.
Roasted Garlic Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Dessert : Molten Lava Cakes
Ingredients-
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 eggs

2 egg yolks                                                                                                         1/4 cup sugar                                                                                           Pinch of salt                                                                                                       2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Directions-

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Butter and lightly flour four 6-ounce ramekins. Tap out the excess flour. Set the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  2. In a double boiler, over simmering water, melt the butter with the chocolate. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with the egg yolks, sugar and salt at high speed until thickened and pale.

3. Whisk the chocolate until smooth. Quickly fold it into the egg mixture along with the flour. Spoon the batter into the prepared ramekins and bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft. Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1 minute, then cover each with an inverted dessert plate. Carefully turn each one over, let stand for 10 seconds and then take it out of the mold. Serve immediately.

Enjoy the food!

 

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