Moroccan Grilled Lamb Chops with Tahini Mint Pesto. Nothing screams dinner party like a succulent grilled rack of lamb. These Grilled Lamb Chops cut straight off the rack.
I love dinner parties. What fun it is to relax with close friends and enjoy an impeccable meal and a glass, or two, of wine in the comfort of your own home.
People often want to host a dinner party, but have a fearful aversion because they think they can’t pull it off. I’d like to put you at ease on three main concerns.
“I don’t have fancy tableware.”
First off, a dinner party doesn’t have to be fancy. It can look and feel as casual as you like.
Believe it or not, even with an abundance of food photography props, I don’t have a “fancy” set of anything, other than my grandma’s china. So that’s what I use.
Here, I went with an eclectic spring feel using: my grandmother’s dishes, plain white table clothes, a linen table runner, a scrap of burlap for cloth napkins, my everyday silverware, white serving platters, a glass pitcher for a vase, and fresh peonies cut from my backyard.
I did not run out and buy anything for my table setting; I just made it work. I also decided to pull my dining table out on our screened-in porch so everyone could enjoy the warm spring weather. That definitely added to the ambiance!
“Throwing a dinner party is way too much work.”
It can be. Yet if you plan ahead, a dinner party doesn’t have to take more time than an average mid-week meal.
I always set my table in the afternoon. Then I select dishes, with lots of flair, that aren’t very time consuming. If you are thoughtful about your menu, you should be able to make a multi-course meal with appetizers and dessert, in about an hour.
It’s all about creating a meal with intrigue, that doesn’t take all day to prepare.
High quality does not equal hard to make.
“I don’t know what I would serve.”
Ahem… please, let me help you with that!
When throwing a dinner party, I like to consider what produce is in season. Every dish tastes better when the produce used is at it’s peak.
Last week I hosted a McCormick Gourmet Dinner Party for a few of my friends. We had an elegant meal including a Grilled Romaine and Orange Salad with Creole Buttermilk Dressing, Smoky Leek Risotto, and Moroccan Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto. It was utterly divine, and not a lot of effort.
After our appetizer in the kitchen, we headed to the table for a salad course with charred romaine, blistering grilled oranges, avocado and bacon. The salad was dressed with a rich and zesty Creole Buttermilk Dressing made with McCormick Creole Jambalaya Seasoning Mix. Even with grilled oranges and bacon on the plate, the dressing was the highlight of the dish!
Click here for the Grilled Romaine Salad with Creole Buttermilk Dressing Recipe.
We followed our salad course with Smoky Leek Risotto and Moroccan-style grilled rack of lamb.
The risotto was ultra creamy with fresh leek, sauteed to release it’s flavor, and McCormick Roasted Ground Cumin and Cuban Seasoning. The bright and earthy flavors made a perfect platform for the star of the show, Grilled Lamb Chops.
You can get the Smoky Leek Risotto Recipe here.
And finally, our main course was a spicy grilled rack of lamb, cut into lamb chops for quick cooking. These juicy little chops only take two minutes to grill (for medium-rare) and look utterly opulent sitting high on your plate.
The combination of the spicy grilled lamb chops and the cooling mint pesto was divine.
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