What to serve your boss at a dinner party
As much fun as it might be to serve your boss corn dogs and Natural Light beer at a dinner party (just to show her what you really think about your last raise), it’s probably not advisable.
Instead, try pampering your boss with quality ingredients such as the suggestions below. Who knows, maybe the way to your boss’ heart is through her stomach -- and your next raise just might show it.
Appetizer: Shrimp scampi
- 2 sticks butter
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 pound (21-25 count) shrimp
- Put both sticks of butter and the garlic in a skillet with high sides or a saucepan. Melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once it is melted, add the white wine and stir to mix.
- When the wine just starts to boil, add the shrimp and cook them until they turn pink, about five minutes. Serve.
Main course: Steak with mashed potatoes and red wine cream sauce
- 6 large potatoes, peeled and cut into eight pieces
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 white mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 steak filet per person
- 2 cups red wine
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put the potatoes into a pot of well-salted water. Bring the water to a boil and cook the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 15 minutes. When they are done, add the butter and one cup of cream. Mash with a fork.
- While the potatoes are cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and garlic and sauté until the mushrooms are brown and reduced in size. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper on the steaks and place them in the skillet. Sauté the steaks two minutes per side and then put the steaks (in the skillet) into the stove for eight minutes or until they have reached your desired level of doneness.
- When the steaks are done, take them out of the skillet to let them rest. Pour the red wine into the skillet. Use a spatula to loosen any bits of beef that stuck to the pan and let the red wine boil down for two minutes. Add the mushroom and cream to the skillet and bring it to a boil.
- When the sauce starts to thicken, it’s ready.
Dessert: Puff pastry-wrapped brownie
- 4 store-bought brownies
- 8 sheets puff pastry
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place each brownie on top of one sheet of puff pastry. Use a fork to dock (poke holes into) the sheet. Cover the brownie with a second layer of puff pastry. Pinch the two sheets together and trim off any excess puff pastry. Dock the top layer. Repeat for all brownies.
- Brush the top of the brownies with butter and sprinkle sugar on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the puff pastry is fully cooked.