You may love treating yourself to a fine dining experience for special occasions like wedding anniversaries, milestone birthdays, retirements, graduations, and other special events. Many of us enjoy visiting fine dining establishments, where the food is consistently delicious no matter how many times we go.
The nice thing is that in most big cities, there is no shortage of fine dining restaurants. Even if you do go a lot, you won’t run out of options for a long time. Maybe you’re getting a little fancy and you’re going to try making a gourmet fine dining meal for you and your loved ones. We’ve rounded up eight fine dining gourmet recipes to get you started on your fine dining journey.
1. Cheese Tuiles
Have you ever heard of cheese tuiles before? Mainly cooked up and served in France, this stunning dish is comprised of delicate gruyere tuiles with deep cheese flavour and a pair of delicious puff pastry fingers. This is all topped with black olive and parmesan. Talk about fine dining! Do we have your mouth watering yet?
2. Seared Scallops with Brown Butter and Lemon Pan Sauce
Scallops always make a statement, so try making a gourmet version, like these seared scallops with brown butter and lemon pan sauce. Fine dining doesn’t need to be complicated; this recipe is actually quite simple to make.
All you need to do is juice the lemons, spoon out the capers, cook the scallops, make the sauce in the pan and serve! There’s also little mess with this dish since you’re using so few pans.
3. Bacon and Beer Cheese Stuffed Brussel Sprouts
What else could elevate Brussels sprouts better than bacon, beer, and cheese?! For this mouth-water recipe, blend cheese, cornstarch, beer, sour cream, garlic powder, and salt. Then stir in the chopped bacon (yum!).
Cook the brussels sprouts in boiling water then remove and plunge them into ice-cold water. Next up is cutting the brussels sprouts in half and removing the middle. Add the sprouts (hole side up) to a baking sheet. Fill the holes with that yummy beer and cheese sauce then sprinkle with breadcrumbs, and bake. Who’s making this for dinner tonight?
4. Tangy Turkey Pizza
These fine dining gourmet recipes can elevate your typical pizza. It’s made with turkey, cranberry sauce, fried onions, goat cheese and ricotta. The preparation time is minimal since you’re just pulling apart pieces of turkey, spreading cranberry sauce, frying up a few pieces of onion and sprinkling the cheese. Gourmet and easy!
5. Mustard-Crusted Boneless Prime Rib with Cream Sauce
Yum! We can’t wait to try this dish. The boneless prime rib is made using the reverse sear method, making the meat super tender, with an interior that is evenly cooked and an extra crispy crust. For this recipe, you’ll need a boneless prime rib, trimmed and tied, steak seasoning, sour cream, horseradish, mustard, butter, salt and pepper. Once the steak-spice is on the roast, you can cook it in the oven.
While it’s cooking, combine your other ingredients and set aside. Once the roast is out, cut off the strings, and glaze with ¼ cup of mustard and butter sauce. Coat the roast with the remaining two teaspoons of steak-sauce. Then roast the beef until you have a brown crust. Talk about a fabulous meal!
6. Decadent Duck Burger
This peppercorn encrusted duck breast is topped with heirloom tomatoes, beet greens and shaved summer truffle. On top of these layers is a layer of rich foie gras covered in cognac cream sauce. The creamy taste of the cognac sauce blends well with the foie gras and duck meat.
7. Caramelized Tofu
Tofu is delicious for its fine dining qualities, as well as its extraordinary flavours and nutritional value. To make this recipe, take peanut oil, minced garlic, toasted pecans and brown sugar and sauté your tofu. That’s all there is to it. Fast and gourmet!
8. Roasted Pumpkin, Marjoram, and Blue Cheese Frittata
Even frittatas can be made gourmet. This frittata is perfect for fall. This recipe calls for 300g of butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes, six eggs, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, one cup of half-and-half, grated parmesan, butter, marjoram leaves, grated cheddar and blue cheese. To make this recipe, place the butternut squash, oil, salt and pepper into a bowl and toss. Then add it to a baking tray.
While it’s roasting, combine the eggs, half-and-half, parmesan, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add the remaining oil and butter to a frying pan and add the egg mixture. Top the butternut squash with marjoram, cheddar, and blue cheese and cook for 15 minutes. Then into the oven it goes until the frittata is set.
These eight fine dining gourmet recipe ideas will help give you some ideas of where to start on your fine dining cooking journey. Whatever you make, we’re sure it’ll be great!