Feeding crowd is always much more of a harder for me than feeding a small group. When I know that I will be cooking for numbers, I hear a voice inside my head.
It’s Sandman Simms who has a tap-off with Bill Cosby on an episode of the Cosby Show,
“CHALLLLUUUNGE” he says in a low, serious voice.
It’s Me vs. The Menu.
I had this come up the other day when planning a baby shower for my dear friend Megan with some other friends. I eagerly volunteered to cook. The challenge was on!
How can I cook and make sure that everyone is satisfied.
Can it all be hot at once?
Since there will be no tables, will they be able to pick it up with their hands?
Will it be too outlandish for a baby shower?
These are the things that I worry about.
I changed the menu at least six times, and even made some last minute changes at the grocery store.
In the end, I was pleased. The big hit of the day were these sandwiches. Much of the prep work for these was done the night before, so it made it a perfect, yet fancy party sandwich.
Croissants with Ham, Brie, Roasted Asparagus and Balsamic Glazed Red Onion
recipe serves 8
8 oz Brie, sliced into small cubes
8 large croissants
1 bunch asparagus
16 slices honey ham
2 Tb Olive Oil
1 red onion, sliced
3 Tb Balsamic Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
Preheat oven to 450F. Clean and trim asparagus by snapping off the bottoms.
Lay asparagus on a cookie sheet and toss with 1 Tb Olive Oil. Spread asparagus evenly in one layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cook for about 15 minutes until asparagus is nicely browned, shaking pan every 5 minutes or so.
Set aside and let cool.
Once cool, cut each asparagus in half.
Meanwhile, heat 1 Tb Olive oil in a large pan. Cook onions on medium-low for about 10 minutes, until nicely caramelized. Turn heat to medium, and add Balsamic Vinegar and cook for an additional 5 minutes, so vinegar reduces.
Turn Broiler on low in oven.
Slice croissants and assemble sandwich as follows:
2 pieces ham
4 pieces asparagus
3-4 cubes of brie
spoonful of onion
Place sandwiches open-faced in the oven.
Cook for about 2-3 minutes, watching closely. You want them to cook just long enough that the brie melts and gets a light browning to it.
Remove from oven and serve hot.