Simple but elegant recipes for Mom's Weekend
March 29, 2016
Avoiding the restaurant crowds on Mom’s Weekend does not mean sacrificing the quality or flavor of your dinner with Mom. With only three steps needed to complete each recipe, cooking a fancy dinner at home is manageable for every college student.
The meal starts with an appetizer of a balsamic bruschetta, has a main entree of salmon with a creamy pesto sauce and a side of brussels sprouts, and finishes with a light and flaky Nutella croissant.
Easy Balsamic Bruschetta
Adapted from All Recipes
4 Roma tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c. chopped basil leaves
Chop tomatoes, garlic, and basil leaves. Mix in a bowl and add parmesan cheese, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar
Lightly brush baguette slices and toast in the oven until edges are brown
Serve bruschetta mixture on the baguette slices
Salmon with Pesto Sauce
2 salmon fillets
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1/4 c. milk
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. pesto sauce
Sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon fillets. Heat olive oil in a skillet and add salmon. Cook for approximately four minutes on each side, or until the salmon is golden brown and feels firm to the touch
Melt the cream cheese in a pan with the milk. Add pesto sauce
Take pesto sauce off the heat and drizzle over salmon fillets
Cranberry Almond Brussels Sprouts
1 lb. brussels sprouts
1 c. dried cranberries
Salt and pepper
1/2 c. slivered almonds
2 tbsp. honey
Place brussels sprouts in a jelly roll pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes
Mix cranberries, almonds. and honey in a small bowl
Take the brussels sprouts out of the oven and stir in cranberry mixtures before serving
1 package puff pastry
1 c. Nutella
1 tbsp. water
Cut sheet of puff pastry into thirds. Roll the rectangular strip of puff pastry out until the dough is 1/4 inch thick. Cut the rectangle into two triangles.
Drop a small scoop of Nutella at the wide end of the triangle. Spread down the length of the triangle, leaving 1/2 inch border from the edge so that it does not leak out in the oven. Roll up the croissant, starting at the wide edge of the triangle. Repeat with remaining dough.
Beat egg and water to create an egg wash. Brush egg wash over the croissants and bake at 350° for 25 minutes.