Whether you're going for a five-course meal or a cocktail-only affair, these star-chef recipes will start the night off on just the right note.Wolfgang Puck's Summer Gazpacho with BasilClaim to fame:
Puck is the owner of Spago
restaurant in Beverly Hills and has catered the post-Academy Awards celebrity banquet for the past 14 years. Ingredients:
14.5oz can Wolfgang Puck Tomato Basil Bisque
1 hothouse cucumber, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 garlic cloves
½ cup red onion, chopped
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp. black pepper, ground
¼ tsp. crushed red chili flakeDirections:1.
Combine the cucumber, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, crushed red pepper flake, black pepper in the blender. Pulse on low speed for 1 minute.2.
Add the soup, olive oil and sherry vinegar, and pulse on low for 2 minutes. (A little more time in the blender may be necessary for a smoother texture.)3.
Serve chilled. Serves 4-6 people.