Renny Darling's

The Rites of Spring Menu

Spring Bacchanal! a la Basque




Mushrooms Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Pine Nuts
(Tapas de Champiñon Piraness)

Provincial Salad with Marinated Tomatoes, Onions & Olives
(Ensalada de Provincia)

Assorted Country-Style Breads

Fresh Linguini with Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
(Pasta de Basile e Tomate
)

Rack of Lamb with Garlic & Mustard Sauce & Roasted Potatoes
Cordero a la Francesca con Papas Roastizadas

or
Chicken in Lemon Saffron Sauce with Roasted Potatoes
(Pollo a la Basque con Papas Roastizadas )

Roasted Vegetable Platter with Eggplant, Onion Rings, Zucchini
(Veregena, Anillos, Calabazitas)

Fantasia Lemon Cheesecake with White Chocolate & Fresh Raspberries

 

This is a grand dining experience and one of the best dinners ever. It is a long dinner, but not heavy. From the very beginning, delicious stuffed mushrooms herald the good things to come. The salad is small, but is an attractive blaze of color (and flavor.) The linguini course can be omitted, but I hope you don't.

Timing is important for the lamb. Place it in the oven 50 minutes before you are planning to serve it and remove it from the oven when it registers 140° (rare). By the time it is carved at the table, it will be medium rare. The chicken requires less attention, can be prepared earlier in the day and reheated at serving time (but please don't overheat it or it will toughen up.)

The potatoes and vegetables are gorgeous when served attractively on a large platter with their beautiful colors and fragrance. Roasted potatoes are enjoyed by all. The Lemon Cheesecake accented with raspberries and white chocolate is the perfect ending to this meal.

 

A Few More Basque Choices

Scampi A la Basque with Spinach & Shallots

Poulet Basquaise with Peppers & Onions and Yellow Rice with Tomatoes

Baked Red Onions with Thyme

 

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