When they called us, Cuoche in Vacanza, to cook for a 60th birthday Party in Tuscany, we were thrilled to satisfy our guests!
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They often request our cooking services for parties like bachelorette, weddings or birthdays; well a 60th birthday party in Tuscany seems to be very popular and requested from tourists coming here in Tuscany.
Many people, most of all from North Europe or the USA, love celebrating their family with an intimate party. And having fun at their holiday villa (not in a restaurant), it’s one of the best ideas.
So, as we’re talking about families, children can play without fear of being scolded and adults can drink without fear of being stopped by the police.
They decided on a fish-based 6 courses Tuscan menu: 3 starters, 1 typical first course, 1 main course, and 1 dessert.
A 60th Birthday Party in Tuscany: 15 people from Norway (family and friends) ready to feast.
The private dinner was directly at their holiday home in the countryside near Terricciola. A beautiful villa (as many that you can find over there) surrounded by vineyards and olive trees.
We’re mad for fresh pasta, that’s exactly what we thought as the first course. But when I saw some beautiful spider crabs on the fisherman desk in Viareggio, I immediately realized that we had to prepare one of my fav soups: jumbo crab (granseola in Italian) pot pie covered with a pizza dough crust. It’s one of my battle horses and it was one of the dishes that I prepared for the exam as Professional Chef to the Chef Academy in Florence.
My friends love this soup so much and I prepared it for dinner on the last day of the year! If you’re a Facebook account, you can see some pictures HERE.
Moreover, it’s not possible to find fresh jumbo crabs every day and a 60th Birthday party in Tuscany it’s a special occasion!
This typical soup comes from the South of Tuscany, the land of Maremma (where I come from).
Not only with pizza dough.
My Granny cooked this typical dish not just like a pot pie, but just a soup, leaving some crispy bread apart, to deep in.
Well, added to this, many times she made this soup with canned crab and I’ve to say. It’s delicious and elegant, but you can eat this soup every day, not only for a 60th birthday party in Tuscany.
Anyway, a few years ago I knew a chef from San Francisco who tasted my dish and was delighted, and it was he who suggested me to put the soup in a baking cup and cover it with puff pastry.
I tried puff pastry but it was too “fat” in my opinion, so I tried the pizza dough (its fat comes just from some extra virgin olive oil) and it turned out amazing, right what I was looking for.
Canned crab it’s perfect!
This spider crab pot pie is not in our Cooking Classes Menu because of its different steps to respect; it’s any way in our Private Dinners in Tuscany Menu. But you know, fresh crab is expensive and usually, we prepare it just for special occasions: a wedding dinner, a bachelorette party… a birthday party in Tuscany, such as our 60th birthday party.
No problem if you have not fresh crab, you can use the canned one.
In fact, I can assure you that is a delicious dish as well. Just be sure that your bisque is very good, cause the taste of the dish depends in large part on this.
Here’s the recipe for this fantastic and tasteful dish, incredibly loved by children too (my daughters often ask for it).
And you? I guess if there’s a similar pot pie in America, North Europe, or anywhere else in the world.
Please comment below, I’m so curious to know different “ways” to cook and to publish some new recipes from all over the world.