Last night we were invited to a dinner given by Sally, Principessa di Pomodori at her riparian Palazzo Pomodori. I have been dying to make a Crême Bavarorise so I offered to make dessert. I haven't made one of those since cooking school so I was a little nervous about whether it would come out of the timbale but it worked beautifully. I used Julia Child's recipe for Creme Bavaroise aux Fraises (Bavarian Cream with Strawberries) which really was a lot more easy than one would think. It seemed to be a big hit.
But now to Sally... She killed herself making a delicious dinner for us.
|Sally Tomatoes in La Cucina|
We started off with cocktails in her drawing room with a beautiful Antipasto.
|I especially enjoyed the cerignola olives. They were big, meaty and just a little bit spicy. The |
Antipasto also had ricotta drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with crushed pepperoncino.
Then to the Dining Room for the first course. It was an Heirloom Tomato Tart with a schmear of a Green Goddess sauce. I don't know where those tomatoes came from but it was a nice reminder of tomato season to come.
|The sauce on my plate was a little slapdash but boy, was it tasty!|
The main course was Braised Short Ribs sitting on creamy Polenta flavored with Fontina, Parmigiana and Mascarpone Cheeses. It was so rich and delicious, I couldn't imagine it tasting any better than it did. The contorno was a Saute of Spinach with Raisins and Toasted Pignolis. Sal outdid himself with this meal. It was absolutely perfect. Buonissimo!
|This dinner was sooo delicious!|
We finished off the meal with the Bavarian served with Strawberry Coulis and Crême Chantilly.
All things considered... the meal, the friends and the beautiful surroundings made for a spectacular evening on Bass River. Grazie Principessa!