I am a big fan of braising, as it makes any cut of meat super tender, and is probably better if you make the dish in advance and let the flavors come together. When making a special meal like this, I most often order the meat from the butcher. That way I can be assured it is the exact cut I want, it's trimmed the way I want it, and I know it's good quality. Enjoy the menu and if you have any questions, please leave it in the comment section!
New Year's Eve Dinner for Two
- Spinach Ravioli with Butter and Sage - I bought 9 ounces of fresh ravioli at the supermarket instead of making my own, but otherwise made the sauce as directed, just halving it and omitting the pecans.
- Mixed Greens with Goat Cheese Toasts - I halved the recipe and followed as directed except for the edible flowers.
- Braised Lamb Shanks with Roasted Potatoes - I used 2 lamb shanks and halved the rest of the recipe. Otherwise I pretty much followed the directions except for not pureeing the sauce at the end. (If you don't have Parmesan oil, just drizzle some oil in the serving bowl, add the cheese, and let sit while you are preparing the potatoes.)
- Sauteed Green Beans and Shallots - Steam a few handfuls or trimmed green beans for 2-3 minutes until bright greens. Meanwhile, saute a chopped shallot in olive oil in a large skillet. Add green beans to skillet immediately and saute a few minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.
- Molten Lava Cakes with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup
I wish you a very happy and healthy 2011!