Special Event Meals: Details Make the Difference

Special Event Meals: Details Make the Difference

March 29th, 2016

Have you ever had a dish at a restaurant that just blew you away? Then you try to recreate the same dish at home and it’s just not the same. You may have all of the same components, but there’s just something… different. Chances are that you left out a few small details that really made that dish so special.

Let’s say you wanted to make our Tuscan chicken. Here’s the recipe (don’t tell anyone):

• 2 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
• ½ cup Chicken Stock
• 1 cup Heavy cream
• ½ cup white wine
• 1 tbsp flour
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 tsp garlic
• 1 roasted red pepper
• ½ cup artichoke hearts
• ½ red onion
• 1 tsp creole seasoning
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 1 tsp basil, chiffonade
Details Make The Difference 2

Nothing wrong with that at all, but let’s say next time instead of just baking the chicken, you sear it on the stove first, and before you put it in the oven you add some butter, garlic and rosemary in the pan. When it comes out you have some pure deliciousness in the bottom of that pan, and you put it back on the stove and baste, baste, baste. Now you’ve taken a plain chicken breast and made something really special.

Details Make The Difference 3

Now to make the sauce. This time we are going to start by charring our vegetables. Don’t be scared of burning these guys a little. It will go a long way in adding some deep earthy flavors to your sauce.

Details Make The Difference 4

The last, and perhaps one of the most important steps – GARNISH!!! This is a step most home cooks often overlook. It’s that last little extra step that ties a dish together. A little greenery on top works magic, or maybe a little spice blend on the plate. There are literally thousands of possibilities, and using this trick will really make your dish stand out.

Details Make The Difference 5

So with a little bit of extra effort you’ve taken a perfectly good dish and made it something really special. It’s those little touches that can turn a Tuesday night dinner into something you’ll remember for a long time to come – and so will your guests.

Details Make The Difference 1

So you start off with the chicken. You season it perfectly and throw it into the oven and cook it until it’s nice and juicy. You make your sauce, add in your vegetables and there you go, Tuscan chicken.

• 2 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
• ½ cup Chicken Stock
• 1 cup Heavy cream
• ½ cup white wine
• 1 tbsp flour
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 tsp garlic
• 1 roasted red pepper
• ½ cup artichoke hearts
• ½ red onion
• 1 tsp creole seasoning
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 1 tsp basil, chiffonade
Details Make The Difference 1

So you start off with the chicken. You season it perfectly and throw it into the oven and cook it until it’s nice and juicy. You make your sauce, add in your vegetables and there you go, Tuscan chicken.

Details Make The Difference 2

Nothing wrong with that at all, but let’s say next time instead of just baking the chicken, you sear it on the stove first, and before you put it in the oven you add some butter, garlic and rosemary in the pan. When it comes out you have some pure deliciousness in the bottom of that pan, and you put it back on the stove and baste, baste, baste. Now you’ve taken a plain chicken breast and made something really special.

Details Make The Difference 3

Now to make the sauce. This time we are going to start by charring our vegetables. Don’t be scared of burning these guys a little. It will go a long way in adding some deep earthy flavors to your sauce.

Details Make The Difference 4

The last, and perhaps one of the most important steps – GARNISH!!! This is a step most home cooks often overlook. It’s that last little extra step that ties a dish together. A little greenery on top works magic, or maybe a little spice blend on the plate. There are literally thousands of possibilities, and using this trick will really make your dish stand out.

Details Make The Difference 5

So with a little bit of extra effort you’ve taken a perfectly good dish and made it something really special. It’s those little touches that can turn a Tuesday night dinner into something you’ll remember for a long time to come – and so will your guests.

• 2 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
• ½ cup Chicken Stock
• 1 cup Heavy cream
• ½ cup white wine
• 1 tbsp flour
• 2 tbsp butter
• 1 tsp garlic
• 1 roasted red pepper
• ½ cup artichoke hearts
• ½ red onion
• 1 tsp creole seasoning
• ½ lemon, juiced
• 1 tsp basil, chiffonade
Details Make The Difference 1

So you start off with the chicken. You season it perfectly and throw it into the oven and cook it until it’s nice and juicy. You make your sauce, add in your vegetables and there you go, Tuscan chicken.

Details Make The Difference 2

Nothing wrong with that at all, but let’s say next time instead of just baking the chicken, you sear it on the stove first, and before you put it in the oven you add some butter, garlic and rosemary in the pan. When it comes out you have some pure deliciousness in the bottom of that pan, and you put it back on the stove and baste, baste, baste. Now you’ve taken a plain chicken breast and made something really special.

Details Make The Difference 3

Now to make the sauce. This time we are going to start by charring our vegetables. Don’t be scared of burning these guys a little. It will go a long way in adding some deep earthy flavors to your sauce.

Details Make The Difference 4

The last, and perhaps one of the most important steps – GARNISH!!! This is a step most home cooks often overlook. It’s that last little extra step that ties a dish together. A little greenery on top works magic, or maybe a little spice blend on the plate. There are literally thousands of possibilities, and using this trick will really make your dish stand out.

Details Make The Difference 5

So with a little bit of extra effort you’ve taken a perfectly good dish and made it something really special. It’s those little touches that can turn a Tuesday night dinner into something you’ll remember for a long time to come – and so will your guests.