1. Japanese Fondue (Shabu-Shabu)
Fondue is the first on our list when it comes to the pleasures of eating slow. This homemade, Japanese-style broth includes soy sauce, ginger and nori seaweed.
2. Creamy Ravioli Raclette
When enjoying a raclette dinner, time stretches...as does the cheese! Prepare this mini pasta au gratin by placing store-bought ravioli in a tiny skillet and then topping it with mushrooms, dried sausage, crème fraiche and raclette cheese.
3. Family-Style Appetizer Platter
When the table conversation is so animated that you don’t notice the hours going by, be sure to plop down this appetizer platter consisting of pantry ingredients. Marinate the onions for a few minutes, then place them along with sardines, artichoke hearts and roasted red bell peppers on a large plate, and garnish with parsley and lemon zest. There’s no cooking required for when you want to munch with good company.
4. Lentil and Beef Tacos
Kids and adults alike can build their tacos as they choose. A bit of sour cream for the children, some cilantro for the grown-ups. Everyone can customize to their heart’s content when all the ingredients are placed directly on the table.
5. Oysters with Pomegranate and Pink Pepper Mignonette
6. Mussel and Potato Casserole
Mussels are way easier to work with than you may think. Simply dump all your ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil until the molluscs pop open. Then spend the evening happily shelling them at the table.
7. Mezze-Style Tofu with Onion Confit
Mezze is a combination of various small dishes served together on a plate. This vegetarian version is composed of grilled tofu, hummus, tabbouleh and store-bought antipasti.
8. Warm Brie with Strawberries, Figs and Almonds
Warm brie becomes even more decadent when you top it with strawberries lightly soaked in raspberry vinegar. Dig in with bread slices and enjoy the rest of the night.
9. Duck Confit Crepes
Reinvent and simplify the traditional Peking duck by using duck confit thighs instead. Simply combine them with hoisin sauce. Place the shredded duck, julienne veggies and mint on the table so that everyone can customize their crepes as they wish.
10. Maple and Ginger Fondue
To extend your meal even further, cap off the evening with a dessert fondue that includes cream, maple syrup and ginger. (It’s a change of pace from the usual chocolate!) Dunk chunks of fruit or cubed pieces of pound cake.