Menu: Impressive Dinner Party

Whether you're looking for a meal to celebrate a holiday, or just want a sit-down dinner that will impress, you'll love this menu.

The Menu

Recognize momentous occasions with a menu made to match. We'll guide you through the prep work so you can get this spectacular dinner on the table with ease.

-- Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
-- Checkerboard Rolls
-- Herbed Leek Gratin
-- Shiitake Mushroom Tomato Bisque
-- Caramel Nut Tart

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Roast tenderloin is definitely a showcase entree, especially when topped with mushrooms and homemade Horseradish Cream.

Checkerboard Rolls

Please a crowd with these dinner rolls. They can choose between poppy and sesame seed topping or a cheesy cornmeal coating. The next three slides give you the vital how-tos for make these impressive rolls.

Step 1: Coat the Rolls with Butter

Coat each roll of dough with melted butter so seasonings will stick. The next slide demonstrates how to dip the rolls in seasonings.

Step 2: Dip into Seasonings

After coating the rolls with melted butter, dip the rolled dough into the poppy seed-sesame seed or cornmeal-cheese mixture. In Step 3, we'll show you how to form the checkerboard pattern.

Step 3: Forming the Checkerboard Pattern

After seasoning the rolls, place the coated balls of rolled dough in the greased baking pan, alternating to form a checkerboard pattern.

Herbed Leek Gratin

This elegant side dish is surprisingly easy, thanks to a two-ingredient sauce that mingles with herbs while it bakes. The next slide shows how to make this dish easy to serve.

Step 1: Place Leeks in Dish

If you place the leeks in the baking dish so that they are all positioned crosswise in the dish, they will be easier to serve.

Shiitake Mushroom Tomato Bisque

This dish is a rich concoction of cooked vegetables, seafood, or poultry pureed with cream. Serve it as a meal starter or as a light supper. The next four slides walk you through the important steps to this bisque.

Step 1: Cook the Vegetables

Use a wooden spoon to cook and stir the leek, celery, and garlic in the hot butter until tender. Step 2 shows you how to add and cook the shiitake mushrooms.

Step 2: Add Mushrooms

After cooking the vegetables in butter, add the sliced shiitake mushrooms to the saucepan; cook and stir until tender. The next slide shows how to combine all the bisque ingredients.

Step 3: Add Remaining Ingredients

After cooking the mushrooms, add the tomatoes, broth, whipping cream, dill, and pepper to the saucepan. Step 4 shows how to use an immersion blender to blend the soup.

Step 4: Blend Bisque

Once you've combined all the ingredients, use a handheld immersion blender to blend the soup mixture right in the saucepan, which is easier, safer, and less messy.

Caramel Nut Tart

Caramel Nut Tart combines two ingredients almost everyone loves, caramel and nuts, and showcases them in an impressive-looking dessert. The next two slides give the basic steps for forming a tart crust.

Step 1: Put Dough in Pan

Gently ease the 12-inch circle of dough into tart pan. Do not stretch dough. Press it into fluted sides of pan. Step 2 shows how to trim the excess pastry.

Step 2: Trim Excess Pastry

After placing the dough in the pan, trim the excess pastry by pressing through it along the top edges of the pan.

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Anyone Can Cook is an innovative cookbook that encourages those new to the kitchen to make simple yet tasty meals, while providing the tools to move on to more complex recipes.

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