So what if I were French and wanted to do a July Fourth picnic? Well, let’s see, I’d ….
Wait a minute! I am French! And I want to do a Fourth of July Picnic! And I just wrote a book called French Grill!
So, here’s the menu that I have chosen for the Fourth of July, which I will celebrate in Normandy! It was devised because I couldn’t make up my mind.
The first dish I’ll make is “brochettes,” here flavored with a touch of curry. Why? Because brochettes, or what we called “kabobs” when I was growing up, are fun, and delicious. You can eat them right from the skewers they way we used to, or you can be more sophisticated (like the French) and swipe the meat and vegetables off onto your plates.
Then I chose The Best Burger You Ever Ate because, draped with Camembert and laden with apples and onions, it IS the best burger you can hope to eat.
I’ll make Romesco Sauce (p.74) with grilled peppers and almonds, for baby leeks or onions, whichever I find at the market.
Then I’ll grill Tomates Provencale (p.52), because tomatoes are coming into their own, and dusted with breadcrumbs and herbs then drizzled with olive oil, they shout out le Quatre Juillet!
I couldn’t decide for dessert either, so it will be shortcake (p.227) AND the flourless chocolate cake (p.210) everyone is raving about. Cut up a double amount of strawberries and serve those, and the cream, with both. Now, that’s a July Fourth picnic!
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