Presentation helps build an appetite.
So maybe you forgot to go shopping or make a dinner plan. You’ve worked all day and now you have the dreaded task of figuring out what’s for dinner.
You hate to spend money on take-out again: a pizza, subs, chinese food, etc. But you’re pressed for time and what else can you do? Here’s an idea: stop by your local deli or supermarket on the way home and pick up the ingredients for a quick and easy “soup and sandwich” night, only this time take it to a higher level by buying the best ingredients available. They’ll think you’ve been planning this for weeks.
- Soup (Pick up a couple of cans of your favorite)
- Salami (1/2 pound of imported genoa salami or “Oldani” if it’s available. My favorite deli in Boston’s North End carries it and it’s better than the imported. Hard to believe, but true.)
- Cheese (1/4 pound of a soft Pecorino cheese; or fontina)
- Bread (The best Italian bread you can find. It should have a hard flaky crust and soft middle with lots of holes.)
- Olives (Get a mixture of the large green, and small black)
- Shrimp (1/2 pound of the frozen, cooked shrimp.)
- Cocktail Sauce (1 bottle)
- Pickles (Cut up some large dill pickles and put in a side dish)
- Tomatoes (This time of year, the best tomatoes are usually the grape tomatoes. Slice them in half and put in a side dish)
- Wine (A good red wine)
What I did:
Slice the Italian bread into thick sandwich slices.
Put bread, side dishes of tomatoes and pickles, the salami, and the cheese on a large platter.
Thaw the shrimp and place around the rim of martini glasses.
Put cocktail sauce in a side dish.
Put olives in an olive tray or bowl.
Heat up the soup and serve.
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