Today, for some strange reason, we can’t stop thinking about layering stuff in a tall, clear glass. Maybe there’s a new Shrek movie coming out or something (“You know what everybody likes? Parfait!”) Or maybe it’s just Fun Food Saturday (Parfait Edition) here at Jolly Tomato.
Parfait is pretty simple when you get down to it. All you really need to do is layer different foods with interesting colors and textures so that it looks cool. And most likely you can get the kids to eat it too. A classic parfait would look something like this yummy granola yogurt parfait from Paula Deen at Food Network. Yogurt, fruit, granola – simple enough, right?
But if you think parfait is all about sweet stuff, it’s time to expand your horizons a little bit. For instance, we love this inspired and tasty-looking Layered Fiesta Rice Salad from The Family Kitchen (a Babble blog), and it’s a great example of how just about any course can be rendered in an attractive, layered form. For instance:
Appetizers: Try making a bean dip (layers of refried beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa, green onions, sour cream) in individual parfait glasses with chips on the side. Or layer hummus with yogurt sauce and thin cucumber slices and serve with pita bread or long pretzel sticks.
Lunch: Create a Salade Niçoise parfait, layering chopped lettuce tossed in Dijon dressing, chunks of tuna, olives, sliced hard-boiled eggs, green beans, and thinly sliced (boiled or steamed) potatoes.
Dinner: Try a spaghetti and meatball parfait with layers of pasta, sauce, chopped meatballs, and grated cheese.
See how easy it is to get carried away once you get started? All you really need is a decent supply of tall clear glasses, preferably sturdy enough to stand up to your kids and their tendency to drop and break stuff (ahem, not that we know anything about that).
Going back to Shrek, we just came across this Vidalia onion parfait (“Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. You get it? We both have layers.”) by Chef Todd Fisher. You might need to have an open-minded kid to go after this one, but then again, who cares? Save it for yourself and your friends. You can enjoy it while the kids watch a movie (and eat popcorn/raisin/nut parfaits).
Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.