last weekend I had a whole bunch of family come visit for a day in country, some delicious food, and of course to see our new place. It was a fam-jam housewarming party... and of course, always a fun time.
we picked up some beer at a our local brewery. church key brewing is only a few minutes away, and they have some pretty great brews to choose from. for those of you who are in to craft beers, we picked up a growler of the holy smoke scotch ale, and some of their west coast pale ale.
on the menu? every year, as far back as I can remember, we have a homemade porchetta party. what in the world is that? well, it's when we (as in my uncle) make this sort-of rolled pork roast. it has delicious crusty skin, and we put it in a bun with some tasty toppings (like roasted peppers, eggplant, etc). it's pretty friggin' divine. porchetta sandwiches have actually made their way into menus all over the city, with pork sandwich shops actually sprouting up too-- part of the whole pork belly fad I guess.
- arancini (rice balls) stuffed with pancetta and smoked mozzarella
- roast beef (also to make delicious sandwiches with)
- roasted peppers and a muffaletta spread
- charred cauliflower with kalamata olives and capers
- brooklyn hasbrowns- from bobby flay's bar american cookbook. it's pretty much a smashed potato bake, with smoked paprika and caramelized onions. try it!
- chopped apple salad, also adapted from bobby flay's book-- with toasted walnuts, big chunks of brie cheese, and a pomegranate vinaigrette
- we had a fun bunch bowl where we just mixed a whole bunch of stuff together with some soda water and slices of orange and lemon. so easy to make
- for dessert, we had cannoli and tarallo (lemon sponge cake), and some brownies. eek, we ate it all before i could snap some photos of it. it's probably better that your mouth doesn't water and tempt you to go out and eat sweets.