Sometimes all you need in winter is a warm hug. An embrace is a great way to greet your dinner party guests but you can also extend a hug by serving a dish that almost seems to give you a hug from the inside. The Brit’s certainly know a thing or two about bone-chilling winters so it’s no surprise that their world-famous Sheperd’s Pie is the perfect antidote for a dreary evening.
Dinner Party Menu
Earl Grey Panna Cotta
Dinner Party Tips and Tricks
Start your British-inspired night off with two UK classics: 1) pea mash with a kick thanks to lemon and hit of red pepper flakes and 2) gin and tonics garnished with sliced lime or cucumber rounds.
Though Sheperd’s Pie is traditionally made with lamb or ground beef, lentils are a healthy option for those still keeping their new year’s resolutions. It’s also nice and hearty, which will satisfy the appetite of meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans alike. As usual, I like to combine heavier dishes with a lighter salad like an arugula lettuce dressed in a crisp balsamic vinaigrette.
Finish off the meal with a creamy panna cotta infused with Earl Grey tea. Make your life easier by making this dessert a day ahead and storing in the fridge. Don’t have time to make dessert? Make life even easier by subbing the panna cotta for a some tea and a packet or two of Walker’s Shortbread Cookies at Cost Plus World Market.