Dear Chef Rouler, I am about to spend a week in Cape Cod with my in-laws. I am in charge of making one dinner, for 12 adults. Since we will be at the Cape, I would like to use some fresh local ingredients such as shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, and/or lobster. Any ideas for a tasty meal? Suggestions for side dishes would also be appreciated!Thank you,Caped Cod Crusader
Dear C to the 3,
A lot will depend on your skill in the kitchen and the time you want to spend in the kitchen OR AWAY from your In-Laws! To feed that many, you are probably best with a family style meal. All that seafood brings to mind Paella, the Spanish rice, chicken, sausage and seafood dish, Bouillabaisse – French seafood stew, Cacciucco- Italian seafood stew or Gumbo – Cajun seafood stew. I just recently had a dish in NY that was Shrimp, Lobster, artichoke and mushrooms all in a red sauce over linguine. The Classic Clambake would hit the spot but it takes all day.
If I had the resources of fresh seafoods and knew all attending liked seafood I would probably propose this menu
Appetizer: Clams, oysters, mussels, shrimp – either raw or deep fried
Fettuccine with Seafood, artichokes, mushrooms in a red sauce
Tossed garden salad with locally grown produce
Italian breads, olive oil, olives or olive tapenade.
Fresh Berry Pie ala mode (local) or Triramisu
LOTS of Italian wines: Red and White and
don’t forget the Lemoncello liquor for after dinner.
It ain’t no party until the Lemoncello is gone !!!!