Joe Beef Dinner Party

A new year brings new aspirations. For us, it meant trying to cook at home more often as well as cook for friends.  After eating at Joe Beef in Montreal a year and a half ago, we fell in love.  When our farmer brought us a beautiful rabbit, our first instinct was to dig through the recipes from The Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts.  As soon as we found the recipe for the decadent Lievre a la Royale we knew we had to make it — and we needed to bring friends!  Things escalated quickly from there…

Table is set!

Table is set!

Gin n' Jews cocktail: Gin, Manischewitz, Lemon Juice, Egg White

Gin n’ Jews cocktail: Gin, Manischewitz, Lemon Juice, Egg White

Smelt Mayonnaise

Smelt Mayonnaise

Not pictured: Vijay Singh cocktail: Green tea, Gin, Chartreuse

Oysters #37

Oysters #37

Deviled Kidney and Hanger on Toast

Deviled Kidney and Hanger on Toast

Roman Coke cocktail: Grappa, Fernet, Chinotto

Roman Coke cocktail: Grappa, Fernet, Chinotto

Bagna Cauda (anchovy dipping sauce not pictured)

Bagna Cauda (anchovy dipping sauce not pictured)

Cider Turnips

Cider Turnips

Fancy wine brought by a guest to pair with the rabbit course

Fancy wine brought by a guest to pair with the rabbit course

Unassembled Lievre a la Royale: 2 braised rabbit patties with seared foie gras and black truffle in the middle -- wrapped in caul fat

Unassembled Lievre a la Royale: 2 braised rabbit patties with seared foie gras and black truffle in the middle — wrapped in caul fat

Lievre a la Royale

Lievre a la Royale

Not pictured: Panna Cotta topped with a darjeeling prune sauce

Eclair with pastry cream and chocolate sauce

Eclair with pastry cream and chocolate sauce

Definitely worth the time and effort. Excited to start planning the next dinner party! Thinking possibly the SPQR cookbook or the new April Bloomfield cookbook. Stay tuned!