My Mother spent her whole birthday cooking and hosting her Thanksgiving feast. When my sister, Emily, posed the idea of us hosting a dinner at her house to celebrate my Mom's birthday in style, I was immediately game. She suggested 3 course prefix include personal pot pies as the main course. We knew Mom, being very thrifty by nature, wouldn't want us to go to any expense, so we decided to go to the store and prepare whatever we found on sale.
Fresh small scallops were on special so we decided a scallop pot pie with a white wine cream sauce would do just nicely. A sale on red potatoes was enough to settle our side dish. One look at the teeny acorn squash on sale at the farmers market and we knew we'd found the bowls for our pot pies. Armed with our produce we headed for home.
Here is the 3 course prefix we served to celebrate our Mom's Birthday!
Starter: A salad of fresh greens with shaved fennel, apple, walnuts and Danish Bleu cheese with an apple cranberry vinaigrette.
Main Course: Scallop Pot Pies served in an acorn squash bowl with a Swiss cheese biscuit pastry, sided with New England boiled red potatoes with butter, parsley, sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
Dessert: 3 Lemon Cheesecake
Our pot pies turned out very well, and my sister's cheesecake recipe is literally the best cheesecake I have ever eaten.
While eating dinner, we sat around and played a little game our family likes to call "How Much Would You Pay", where we all sit around a guess at the price we would pay for our meal at a fancy restaurant. For all three courses, guesses ranged from $50 to $75 including alcohol per plate. In truth, our meals cost the hosts about $10 per plate including alcohol. Score!