I love New Year's Eve—the idea of starting over, starting fresh—but I hate New Year's parties. Waking up with a hangover is, for me, about the worst way to start fresh. So most years I make an extravagant but simple dinner at home with my favorite friends—Mr. English, of course, sometimes some of the girls, sometimes some of the famille—and I always make the same thing: Perrier Jouet champagne, black truffle pasta, and chocolate cake. (Black truffles, by the way, are the French ones.) Everyone goes around and shares their resolution, and there are glittery hats and the ball dropping on the TV. Could anything be better?
I chill the champagne and buy the cake, but I cook the pasta—not such a big deal when all you have to do it boil water. It feels extravagant, but it neither breaks the bank nor your back. With any luck, it is a preview of the riches to come in the new year. I hope, if you're like me and 1 a.m. is your New Year's bedtime, that this will help you toast 2011.
Thanks for another brilliant year with French in a Flash. All the best, and bon app!
About the author: Kerry Saretsky is the creator of French Revolution Food, where she reinvents her family's classic French recipes in a fresh, chic, modern way. She also writes the The Secret Ingredient series for Serious Eats.
- 1 pound angel hair pasta
- Kosher salt
- 3 ounces black truffle butter
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup heavy cream
- Drizzle of black truffle olive oil (optional)
Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente; check it 1 minute shy of package instructions. Do not overcook angel hair, or it will fall apart when tossed with sauce.
Drain pasta, and in the same pan, add butter and cream. Heat over low heat until butter is just melted. Return pasta to pot and toss gently with tongs to distribute the sauce evenly over pasta. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to large serving bowl and drizzle very lightly with black truffle oil (if using). Serve immediately, with lots of champagne.