I find Oscar night to be such a great escape, and we all need to escape and create as much pleasure in our lives as possible. What better way than by cooking and sharing a wonderful meal with good friends. This is what life is all about!
When I was trying to come up with an award-winning menu, the first thing that popped in my mind was the movie Julie and Julia. I thought it would be apropos to make Julia’s Beef Bourguignonne because it was featured so prominently.
On Sunday, I spent the day so incredibly happy prepping and cooking in my kitchen!
A Meal for Oscar Night
We started out with some Rose champagne and smoked salmon blinis. This was followed by an amazing salad that one of my guests, John Gottfried, brought, consisting of Brussels sprouts leaves, parmesan and pecorino cheese, ginger, and garlic. Delicious!
This was followed by the main event, Beef Bourguignonne, roasted potatoes, greens with grapefruit, beets, and roquefort cheese, and of course lots of red wine! I even made Julia’s Apple Tarte Tatin for dessert!
The Main Event!
Beef Bourguignonne is one of those French peasant dishes that was adopted by the upper classes and quickly became a staple of fine dining. Beef is braised in red wine for hours, then garnished with sautéed pearl onions and mushrooms. For my Oscar party, I used Julia’s classic recipe, Bon Appetit!
If you don’t have one already, I strongly urge you to get yourself a Le Creuset French (Dutch) Oven for these types of dishes.
*The original blog was called Flavors in Love. All material has been transferred and some has been edited for easier reading, and archiving.