Monday, October 3, 2011

Can Wedding Food Taste Good?

(View the recipe for these Smoked Salmon Beggar's Purses from the Food Network)

For the longest time we thought wedding food could never be good and for the longest time no one was able to prove us wrong. Thinking back to all the weddings we've attended we remember dry chicken, overcooked steaks, oversized appetizers and soggy vegetables. Enough said.

But everything changed for good this past weekend when a member of the FoodPair team ate his way through a wedding in the Napa Valley (with perfect table manners, of course). Simply put, the food was delicious! Now, we're obsessed with replicating some of the dishes at home. Luckily, FoodPair has access to nearly a million recipes from the top food sites on the Web.

So, how was the food at this wedding so good? Let's start with the Beggar's Purse, a small pasta bundle stuffed with tender lamb and tied with a chive ribbon. There was also creamy Truffled Mac & Cheese served on a white ceramic spoon. Then, we got our hands on mini cones of Sashimi-Grade Ahi Tuna with wasabi cream and tobiko. And finally, there were bite-sized Polenta Cakes topped with diced veggies and tangy cheese.

If all that sounds good to you, and we know it will, take this opportunity to use the FoodPair Recipe Search Engine to find your favorite versions of the best wedding hors d'oeuvres on the planet.

Smoked Salmon Beggar's Purses
Fill this elegant appetizer with your favorite ingredients and enjoy!
Ingredients: crepe batter, chives, smoked salmon, cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, red onion, capers, dill, olive oil, salt & pepper, lemon zest

White Truffle Mac and Cheese
White truffle oil is the perfect complement to mac & cheese.
Ingredients: butter, red onion, garlic, all-purpose flour, whole milk, pasta, fresh herbs, white truffle oil, Parmesan, panko, salt & pepper

Ahi Poke-tini
We love the idea of serving rare ahi in mini cones or martini glasses.
Ingredients: sashimi-grade ahi tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, green onion, seaweed salad, onion, fresh ginger, chiles, avocado salsa, kaffir lime syrup

Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Vegetables
Form the polenta into cakes and top with diced veggies.
Ingredients: cooking spray, eggplant, bell peppers, zucchini, salt & pepper, chicken broth, instant polenta, goat cheese, Parmesan, fresh basil

Korean BBQ Beef on a Crispy Wonton Chip
If you haven't tried delicious Korean BBQ Beef, here's your chance!
Ingredients: green onion, garlic, pear, sesame seeds, soy sauce, mirin, sesame oil, cornstarch, flank steak, wonton wrappers, oil, apricot marmalade

Now it's time to start cooking!

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