Right before Thanksgiving, my mom sent me up some fancy table setting stuff into which she included this adorable caviar dish! Ever since I’ve been dying to use it, but as you could imagine caviar is not a regular menu item for graduate students. Anyway, yesterday I was able to get a few friends together for a little get-together. 2 of them ended up bailing last minute, but that just meant more wine and food for us!
My friend (and climbing buddy) made blinis and brought caviar and creme fraiche. (See the cute little caviar dish?!)
My roommate brought some fresh fruit, Havarti and a Monterrey/Colby cheese blend. And we made crostinis by putting some presto and fresh rosemary on Artisan bread and toasting at 375 until golden brown (~15 minutes).
And of course, no fancy food party is complete without Brie! I peeled and cut a pear into bite-sized chunks and put them in a baking dish with a handful of pecans. I then sprinkled some brown sugar (~3 T), cinnamon (~1 t) and honey (~1 T) on them and baked at 375 for 20 minutes. When they were done I cut off the top rind of the Brie, poured the pear/pecan mixture over the cheese and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes to get melty and delicious!
I served this with Trader Joe’s Chianti Wine Artisan Salami and Italian Rosemary Crackers. Yummy! And of course, we drank our share of both red and white sparkling wines. Not only was all of this food amazing, it was super easy for stress-free entertaining.
After we ate, we really upped the classiness by watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall…Hey, we’re still grad students after all.