Every Fall, to honor the return of television's most exciting shows, I like to host an informal premiere party. Two years ago I was all about Ugly Betty and last year I celebrated Heroes. This week I'm turning my attention to one of the CW's hottest shows: Gossip Girl. The third season debuts next Monday and I'm having my sister and best friends over for a dinner/watching party.
Since it's a weeknight, the menu is fairly simple. However, the recipes I plan on using are created by acclaimed chefs from New York City. When the girls arrive, I'll have Daniel Boulud's warm Camembert with wild mushroom fricassee ready and waiting.
For the main course, I'll throw together Mario Batali's spaghetti with shrimp and chiles. On the side, I'll serve a simple mixed green salad. For these scrumptious recipes, read more.
From Daniel Boulud Ingredients 1/2 cup walnut pieces Directions Serves 4. From Mario Batali Ingredients 2 tablespoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning Directions Serves 4.
Warm Camembert With Wild Mushroom Fricassee
One 8-ounce wheel of ripe Camembert in its wooden box, at room temperature
1 tablespoon walnut oil
3/4 pound wild mushrooms, trimmed, caps thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 shallot, minced
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 large sage leaves, minced
Sourdough toasts, for serving
Spaghettini With Shrimp
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 fresh Anaheim chiles, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
2 cups dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound bay or small gulf shrimp, peeled and deveined
10 ounces spaghettini
1 bunch arugula, washed, spun dry, and chopped into ribbons (2 cups)
From Daniel Boulud
1/2 cup walnut pieces
From Mario Batali
2 tablespoons coarse salt, plus more for seasoning