Big Platter Cookbook: Cooking and Entertaining for a Crowd

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In The Big Platter Cookbook, seasoned hosts and food writers Lou Jane Temple and A. Cort Sinnes serve up more than 100 full-flavored, crowd-pleasing, incredibly convenient recipes that reflect a new casual approach to cooking and entertaining. The cook can prepare these delectable meals in advance, arrange them on platters, then kick back and enjoy the party! Please your guests -- and yourself -- with soul-satisfying entrees like Cowboy Cassoulet, Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs, and Salad Nicoise with Swordfish and ...
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Overview

In The Big Platter Cookbook, seasoned hosts and food writers Lou Jane Temple and A. Cort Sinnes serve up more than 100 full-flavored, crowd-pleasing, incredibly convenient recipes that reflect a new casual approach to cooking and entertaining. The cook can prepare these delectable meals in advance, arrange them on platters, then kick back and enjoy the party! Please your guests -- and yourself -- with soul-satisfying entrees like Cowboy Cassoulet, Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs, and Salad Nicoise with Swordfish and Black Rice. And take note of specialties like Eggplant Roll-Ups with Caramelized Onions and Cafe Lulu's Macaroni and Cheese that are perfect for either main dishes or sides. Many of the recipes are made with ease on the grill -- even a Thanksgiving turkey! -- and seafood recipes, ethnic specialties, and vegetarian entrees abound.

Organized by the seasons for easy entertaining year round, The Big Platter Cookbook includes chapters on starters and desserts to round out any meal. Menu suggestions sprinkled throughout offer inspiration for Big Platter celebrations, including a New Year's Day Pig Party, a Napa Valley Harvest Feast, and a Summer Street Food Party. And tips on how to prepare the food in advance help home cooks make the most of their limited time. Every main dish is paired with wine recommendations to complement this casual fare. Big Platter cooking and entertaining embodies a generosity of spirit and the spirit of generosity. It is distinctly unfussy, full-flavored, and homey. To family and friends, it says "Come in, sit down, make yourself at home -- there's plenty of room and plenty to eat!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584793328
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.37 (w) x 9.37 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
How to Use This Book 8
Big Platter Starters 9
Satay with Tamarind Dipping Sauce 10
Smoked Trout Mousse 11
Grilled Oysters 13
Low-Fat Squash Dip 14
Feta Spread 14
Menu: Do-Ahead Cocktail Party 15
Chutney Cream Cheese Spread 15
Home-Smoked Salmon 16
Artichoke Hummus 17
Country Pate with Prunes and Hazelnuts 18
Bruschetta Platter 19
Crudites with Spicy Peanut Dip 20
Big Platter Fall 21
Beef Zinfandel 22
Escarole, Potato, and Sausage a la Tamborello 23
Menu: Cort's Thanksgiving 24
Pandora's Turkey 24
Fresh Cranberry and Tangerine Relish 27
Succotash 27
Roasted Beets and Carrots with Orange-Ginger Sauce 28
Lulu's Root Bake 29
Cafe Lulu's Macaroni and Cheese 31
Blu Lu Salad 32
Cabbage Stuffed with Turkey, Mushrooms, and Barley 34
Spaetzle 35
Company Meat Loaf 37
Tuna Noodle Casserole, Redux 38
Menu: Italian Vegetarian 39
Eggplant Roll-Ups with Caramelized Onions 39
Butternut Squash Risotto 41
Lulu's Panzanella 42
Big Beefsteak Dinner with Three Toppings 45
Wilted Brussels Sprouts with Toasted Walnuts 48
Pheasant Pot Pie 48
Menu: In the Spirit of Morocco 50
Moroccan Chicken 50
Couscous and Barley Pilaf 52
Lamb Tagine with Prunes and Onion Compote 53
Cowboy Cassoulet 54
Pear, Beet, Shrimp, and Goat Cheese Salad 56
Spicy Hacked Chicken 57
Menu: Napa Valley End-of-Harvest Feast 59
Roasted Pork Shoulder with Squash Puree 59
Salmon on Black Beans with Red Pepper Puree 62
Turkey Enchilada Pie 64
Big Platter Winter 65
Bourbon and Coke Short Ribs 67
Abraham Lincoln's Favorite Dinner 68
Stuffed Shells with Mushroom Sauce 69
Corned Beef and White Beans 70
Red Cabbage and Apples 71
Menu: New Year's Day Pig Party 72
Mustard Fruit Compote 72
Hoppin' John 73
Cort's Coleslaw 74
Twice-cooked Peking Lamb Shoulder 75
Salmon with Green Curry 76
Thai Cold Beef Salad 79
Seafood Choucroute Garni 80
Choucroute Garni 81
Greens with Leeks and Pears 82
Smoked Seafood Salad 83
Menu: Valentine's Day Feast 85
Prosecco Risotto and Four Cheeses 85
Sauteed Scallop and Lobster Salad 86
Pork Chops Smothered in Onions and Apples 88
Oxtails with Green Olives 90
Joe's Special 91
North Beach Veal Stew 92
Chicken Alsace 94
Lamb Shanks in Guinness 95
Menu: Mardi Gras Party 96
How to Build a Muffaleta 96
Lulu's Jambalaya 97
New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp 98
Big Platter Spring 99
Mixed Grill with Provencal Sauce 101
Grilled Spring Chicken Dijon 103
Veal Shanks in White Wine 104
Menu: Spring Lunch for Easter or Passover 105
Fresh Limas and Barley Salad 105
Potato and Celeriac Faux Dauphine 106
Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb 107
Tortilla Espanola 108
Pasta with Prawns Piccata 109
Torta Rustica 111
Paella 113
Trout in Bondage 116
Rabbit with Mustard Sauce 117
Grilled Tuna with White BEans and Basil Oil 119
Menu: "Ladies Who Lunch" Luncheon 121
Green Bean Salad with Hazelnuts 121
Chicken Crepes with Sauce Royale 122
Frozen Fruit Salad 123
Snapper a la Veracruzana 125
Duck Breast with Fresh Figs and Port 126
Menu: Indian Feast 129
Tandoori Chicken 129
Shrimp Vindaloo 130
Spicy Eggplant 131
Sesame Rice 132
Cucumber Raita 132
Kalan 133
Pappadums 133
Spring Mushroom Risotto 134
Big Platter Summer 135
Fried Green Tomatoes with Shrimp Remoulade 136
Lamb Kabobs 138
Heartland Grain Salad 139
Steak with Salsa Verde 140
Summer's End Ratatouille, Two Ways 142
Menu: All-American Barbecue 144
New Potato Salad with Grapes and Almonds 144
Brookville Hotel-Style Coleslaw 145
Island Coleslaw 145
No-Fail Barbecue Beef Brisket with Spicy Chili Rub 146
Best-Ever Barbecue Ribs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce 148
BLT Salad 151
Feijoada a la Calistoga 152
Lulu's Lamb Ribs 154
Menu: Summer Street Food Party 155
Lamb Burgers with Mint Yogurt Dressing 155
Fish Tacos with Mexican Cabbage Salad 156
Iowa Corn Dogs 157
Curried Chicken Salad 159
Scallops and Corn 160
Swiss Chard and Goat Cheese Tart 161
Three Melon Salad 162
Figs, Nectarines, and Prosciutto 165
Salade Nicoise with Swordfish and Black Rice 165
Menu: Southeast Asian Party by the Pool 167
Cold Asian Noodles with Peanut Sauce 167
Marinated Cucumbers 168
Viet-Caramelized Chicken Wings 168
Chicken Livers with Wilted Spinach 170
Big Platter Desserts 171
Peach Crisp 172
The Mother of All Chocolate Chip Cookies 173
Plum Clafouti 174
Menu: Sweet Birthday Party 176
Flourless Chocolate Torte 176
Black-Bottom Cupcakes 177
Two Twisted Trifles 178
Baked Pears with Mascarpone and Amaretti 180
Pumpkin Flan with Sweet Tortilla Chips 181
Aunt Mayme's Date Pudding 182
Viola's Fruitcake 183
Bread Pudding with Pears and Pine Nuts 184
Big Platter Ingredients 185
Big Platter Pots, Pans, and Platters 186
Acknowledgments 187
Metric Conversion Chart 188
Index 189
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