Keeping with the tradition of great, seasonally appropriate themes, this week's Supper Club, compliments of the hosts C and L:
"In a nod to the coming of winter, an ode to the passing of autumn, a
sigh to the last lingering ray of light, the theme of this season's
Supper Club will be Hibernation.
That's right, it's getting cold and we all need to fatten up and to
help us along the way our dinner will be a veritable cornucopia of
delicious, wintery, fatty, goodness.
So please bring your wintery dish of choice--one that will warm our
hearts and our bodies."
To start our wintery feast, C and L made homemade eggnog with bourbon:
L and A brought veggies with cream cheese dip:
And turkey linguica wrapped in a blanket:
The penguins were so adorable, and the linguica-in-a-blanket were so delicious- a great twist on pigs in a blanket!
Thrilled by the idea of hearty, warm dishes I decided to make sweet potato soup:
I have always wanted to serve soup in little pumpkins, and supper club seemed the perfect opportunity. I cut a large hole and then scooped out all of the goo and let them air dry for a couple of hours before the party. They really looked adorable and the soup was fantastic. Once again, it was a winner from the Simply Recipes recipe archive. The sweet potato flavor was the star, but the celery and leek helped add crispness to the dense flavors of potato and cream. The splash of nutmeg and maple syrup brought a festive taste to the soup that wasn't overpowering or too sweet. I served these pumpkins with sage and honey cornbread muffins, which brought another comforting winter flavor to the side dish.
C and L's take on wintry and fatty was eggplant parmigiana:
This was the perfect entree, because it was a nice contrast to the sweetness of my first course. This was salty and hearty. The eggplant was sliced perfectly thin and so every bite had many layers of eggplant, sauce, cheese, and fresh basil.
For dessert, H and R brought a dish that, at H's house, they call the "chocolate thing":
The chocolate thing was essentially a rich, no-bake, fudge pie, topped with perfect homemade whipping cream. It was quite an end to the feast- I certainly felt like curling up and hibernating for the rest of the winter after all of that food and a couple of glasses of wine!