I bet that you know an Italian or two. I do. And if they’re like the Italians I know, they’re warm and friendly, but they are particular about their food. After all, the Italians have a long history of great food, so who can blame them for wanting food that stands out from the rest.
So over the next couple of days, we’ll put together a great meal that any Italian would be happy with. A meal that you’ll be happy with, too. Because it’ll come together so easy, and yet, you and I, will have scratched almost every part of the meal.
Our menu will probably look like this:
Caesar saladSalad with Balsamic vinaigrette
- Homemade linguine with hand-crushed tomato basil sauce
- Homemade dinner rolls
- Ice cream filled popovers with chocolate sauce
Not too elaborate, but certainly impressive.
Q: So how did it turn out? A: Great! We had to quick switch to a Balsamic-based dressing at the last minute when we realized that we had only one egg left in the house. The other choice would have been to give up on the popovers.
Q: What was the timeline like to get this all together for dinner? A: We put together the pasta dough around 8:30am, so it could rest in the fridge, brought it out around noon, and rolled and cut it around 2pm. Around 4:30pm, we crushed up the tomato sauce, took the dinner rolls out of the freezer (had them from this week’s baking). Around 5:30 it was time to wash the lettuce, make the vinaigrette, and plate the salad. 5:45 water went on for boiling the pasta, and the sauce went in the microwave. Just a little after 6, drained and plated the pasta and we sat down to dinner. Around 7:45pm started the popovers, just in time for dessert at 8:30pm. I know it sounds like we were busy all day, but not so! Most steps only took a few minutes and the timing was all adjusted to fit our schedule.
Q: Anything you’d do different next time? No, not really. It made a really good meal.