We had people over for a casual supper and game watching Saturday for the Tennessee/Ole Miss game.
Now, this menu is amazing, because it's all do-ahead. I made everything Friday night, and was completely relaxed when people arrived- even with Dell Harper running around the "grown-up party".
Classic, upscale comfort food? Of course a Barefoot Contessa recipe will hit the spot. Make it the night before. Simmer all day long. Your house will smell divine.
I served the beef bourguignon over creamy stone ground grits (recipe here- cook for 15 minutes, not 75). To eliminate any extra work, just serve both directly from the stove. I had two big Dutch ovens full of grits and beef stew, and our guests served themselves. I usually appreciate the function of my well-used Le Creuset dutch ovens, but parties are a lovely time to show off their good looks as well.
I doubled the beef recipe, and had a couple servings left over. Judging by the bowls in the dishwasher, about 15 people ate supper. It was a lovely, cozy and casual dinner- perfect for football and fall. If only the game had been so satisfying. . .at least Georgia won.
Okay, running out the door- take kiddos to school, volunteer garden cleanup, birthday lunch for friend, work, and take dinner to a friend. This post is rife with typos I am sure, but I am going to post it regardless. Apologies!!