British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu

February 7, 2017

British-Inspired Dinner Party Menu | Alyssa Pacaut

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

Toast with Lemony Pea Mash
Gin and Tonic

Main Dishes
Vegan Sheperd’s Pie
Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc

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.

For those who are drinking, the main course pairs well with an easy drinking red like the Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc or your favorite pinot noir.

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.

P.S. If you are more of a Francophile than an Anglophile, you’ll love this French Winter Dinner Party Menu or a menu of Vegan French Classics.