What Is a Good Menu for an at-Home Dinner Party?


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A flavorful roast chicken or pork shoulder, a green salad and potato gratin is a crowd-pleasing and easy dinner party menu. Alternatively, serve a vegetarian menu of hearty vegetable lasagna, roasted veggies and garlic bread. Serve a berry pie or chocolate cake for dessert.

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Season the chicken or pork with garlic and rosemary. Serve the green salad with a light lemon vinaigrette to complement the heaviness of the other dishes. Make a creamy and cheesy potato gratin, or opt for a simple dish of roasted fingerling potatoes or mashed potatoes.

Fill the lasagna with spinach and roasted eggplant or red peppers. Use a traditional red sauce, or flavor the dish with pesto or creamy white sauce. Serve steamed carrots with a lemon sauce or roasted cubes of butternut squash.

Wine and beer are sufficient for dinner party cocktails. Alternatively, make a signature drink like a big batch of red wine sangria.

In warmer weather, a lighter menu may be appropriate. Make a pasta salad with fresh veggies, cubed cheese and red wine vinaigrette. Serve grilled salmon separately, along with a side dish of roasted corn and black bean salad or grilled vegetable kebabs. Set up a make-your-own-sundae bar for dessert.

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