Dinner party in a hot apartment
I need suggestions for a vegetarian or poultry dish to make for a foodie dinner party on Saturday. I have a galley kitchen and sub-par air conditioning, so I need something that I can make mostly in advance or that can sit without a lot of attention - the idea is to keep me out of the kitchen when guests arrive so I don't have to sweat!
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The salmon nicoise above also intrigues me, and I can't wait to try the Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with buttermilk dressing. The trouble with these is that they are salad entrees, so an extra course, to me, suggests soup. I like this http://www.food52.com/recipes/354_cold_corn_soup_with_basilchili_oil, even without the bacon (though without bacon I like to add crema/sour cream/creme fraiche). Or, if tomatoes are ripe enough in your area a cold buttermilk tomato soup http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/no-cook-tomato-buttermilk-soup
serves more or less 6
3 pounds boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups whole fat yogurt
1/2 cup mayonnaise or creme fraiche
2 celery ribs, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup shelled walnuts or hazelnuts, roasted and chopped
3 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper and cover with 1 cup of the yogurt in a snug roasting dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Whisk together remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Shred cooked chicken while still warm and mix into the dressing. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
http://www.food52.com/recipes/4765_haricots_verts_la_dijonnaise, you could also make a roasted chicken ahead of time and slice and have on the table there are some incredible recipes here on food52 also creamtea's wonderful Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with buttermilk dressing would be great also.