How To Experience Fine Dining at Home

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Whether you want to plan a memorable date night or you're hosting your office Christmas party, there are times when you want to create an unforgettable fine dining experience in the comfort of your own home. 

Fine dining can make even the most mundane night at home feel memorable; however, it can take people years to master. In fact, even a pre-prepared dish like a laksa meal kit can be tough to assemble. Forgo the meal kit and try these recipes to hone your cooking skills. Your skills might not be Michelin star worthy, but practicing is still fun.

For any occasion, or when you don't feel like cooking, you can hire an INTUEAT personal chef.

Fine Dining at Home Recipes

These easy-to-follow recipes can help you practice fine dining in the comfort of your own home. Look here for more recipes like making a fragrant broth from sweet vermouth and detailed instructions on preparing the finest ingredients.

Quail Egg and Ricotta Ravioli

This rich and fancy meal requires tools many amateur cooks don't have at home, including a fluted pastry cutter and a pasta maker. It also requires skills best earned with a culinary degree. However, with practice and the right materials, you'll impress guests with this luxurious recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 16 quail eggs
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 80 g grated parmesan; grate extra to serve
  • 750 g drained firm ricotta
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • Preferred locally sourced produce
Pasta Dough
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 g all-purpose flour
  • 80 g coarse semolina
Garlic and Marjoram Burnt Butter
  • 2 Tbsp marjoram leaves
  • 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
  • 80 g chilled and cubed unsalted butter

Instructions

Make pasta dough: Mix semolina and flour in a large bowl. Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture and add 2 (non-beaten) eggs plus 2–3 tablespoons of ice water. Using a fork, stir the mixture until it begins to come together. Move the dough ball onto a gently floured surface and knead for two to three minutes until the dough is smooth. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for one hour. 

Make filling: While the dough is resting, add half of the beaten eggs, garlic, grated parmesan, and ricotta to a food processor and blend. Add salt and pepper to taste. Store in the refrigerator. 

Roll pasta: Divide pasta into four pieces. Run each quarter through a pasta machine on the widest setting. Slowly work the dough through the pasta rollers, fold in half the long way, and run it through again. Continue this process, decreasing the width of the machine setting until the pasta is translucent, smooth, and roughly 3/4 inch thick. Once the pasta has reached the desired thickness, cover it with a dry towel. Place a damp towel on top and set it aside.

Assemble pasta: Place your first pasta sheet on a clean work surface and, using a fluted pastry cutter, cut into 10-cm squares. Place 2–3 teaspoons of the ricotta filling in the middle of each square, pressing slightly on top to make an indentation in the filling. Crack one quail egg and separate the yolk and white. Place the yolk onto the indentation. Using a pastry brush, coat the ravioli edges with the egg white and place another pasta square on the top. Apply gentle pressure on the edges to seal the ravioli's two sides together. Repeat this process until you have used all of the filling, pasta, and eggs. 

Cook pasta: In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a gentle boil and reduce heat to simmer. Add ravioli in small batches and cook until the pasta floats to the top (one to two minutes). Remove pasta from the pot using a slotted spoon. 

While the pasta cooks, melt the butter on medium-high heat and add garlic. Cook the garlic butter for four to five minutes, until brown, then gently stir in the marjoram. Add salt and pepper to taste and top the ravioli. Sprinkle it with the remaining parmesan. Add fresh herbs if desired.

Grilled Lobster with Burnt Butter and Mustard

Preparing this classic recipe at home will make you feel like a master chef. You won't need home kits after this. Not only will you learn valuable cooking tricks, but the meal's flavor is far more complex than the simple recipe may suggest. 

Ingredients

  • 1 lobster
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil; additional oil for brushing
  • 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 100 g chopped unsalted butter
  • Grated rind and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of brown mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp chives, thinly sliced

Instructions

Remove the lobster head and reserve the tomalley. Cut the lobster tail in half lengthwise. Preheat your grill on high heat; brush the lobster tail with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the lobster tail on a baking tray and grill for 8 to 10 minutes until just cooked.

While the main event is grilling, melt the olive oil and butter over low heat and add the mustard seeds, lemon rind, and garlic. Simmer for 20 to 30 seconds until the mustard seeds begin to pop, then remove from heat. Whisk in the lemon juice, herbs, Dijon, and reserved tomalley. Season with salt and pepper. 

Pour the mustard butter over the lobster tails and serve with your favorite side dish.

Factors of Fine Dining at Home To Consider

From lamb chops to sushi rice to scouring wild mushrooms - fine dining can be utterly delicious and altogether complex. Consider the following benefits of utilizing our personal chef services. 

Event Hosting

Hosting is hard enough without spending hours in the kitchen. To avoid the pressure of cooking the perfect meal, hire a private chef through INTUEAT and offer your guests an incredible meal they won't soon forget. 

Our chefs are highly trained professionals qualified to offer delicious meals and events such as private cooking classes. 

Culinary Expertise

Fine dining requires talent, dedication, and years of training to master, and even those with the skillset have difficulty crafting the perfect meals without the right equipment. Looking for a dish highlighting green olives or sea bass? Our chefs have the experience to recommend and deliver all types of beautifully presented meals.

INTUEAT chefs take care of every aspect of in-home fine dining, including bringing their own specialized tools so you can experience the luxury of restaurant-quality dining in your home.

Hiring a Personal Chef

Hiring a personal chef is an experience you and your guests will remember forever. Our personal chefs must undergo a rigorous screening process, so we feel confident they can assist you in curating whatever experience you have in mind. 

When cooking sounds more stressful than fun, or you want to enjoy spending time with your guests instead of sweating over your stove, INTUEAT chefs are available in a range of experience levels, cuisine styles, and expertise.

Excellent Personal Chefs at INTUEAT

Whether you want to make this date-night one to remember or want to curate a unique experience, INTUEAT is designed to be easy and luxurious. 

Book 24 hours in advance, and our insured personal chefs will arrive with a planned menu, all required ingredients, and cookware, leaving your evening free for entertaining and your kitchen spotless.

Hire an INTUEAT personal chef to create the at-home fine dining experience you've been dreaming of. 

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