Jacques Pepin's Easter Celebration
Jacques Pepin's Easter Celebration is a very nice Easter menu!
The meal begins with Caviar served with Buckwheat Blini and Frozen Vodka - the perfect adult answer to Easter eggs.
Salmon Steaks with a tangy, fresh Sorrel Sauce and delicate little cucumber balls make an easy first course.
Then the must have for Easter - there's lamb - in this case, spring Lamb Loins in Ambush, coated with a ground lamb and vegetable mousse, served over fresh fava beans.
Jacques' Leek-and-Mushroom Pie brings just the right earthy flavors to go with the lamb.
And on the side, there are Eggplant "Cushions" garnished with lightly stewed tomatoes; and Artichoke Bottoms stuffed with brown-butter spinach, topped with a golden-brown gratin sauce.
The meal ends as it began, with more grown-up Easter eggs: fluffy Caramel Snow Eggs floating in custard cream.
In a classic Pépin pairing, this ethereal dessert is served with Jacques down-to-earth, old-fashioned Oatmeal Cookies dipped in sumptuous chocolate.