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Let's Dish: What Did You Serve at Your Last Dinner Party?

Let's Dish: What Did You Serve at Your Last Dinner Party?

Dinner parties are my favorite kind of party. Creating a meal for loved ones is highly satisfying, and when I'm prepping for a dinner, I'm always in the best mood. Whether it's a meal I've been planning for months or a last-minute affair, I always write down the menu.

The last dinner party I hosted was two weeks ago for 10 friends. To start I served grilled pancetta-wrapped peaches and chili con queso with tortilla chips. The appetizers were washed down with a watermelon mint lemonade cocktail. For the main course we enjoyed steak, grilled vegetables, mixed green salad with avocados and nectarines, and a tomato tart.

The memory is still fresh in my mind, but I'm already planning my next dinner and I need inspiration. So do tell: what was on the menu at your last dinner party?

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misslilad misslilad 6 years
my last dinner party was a bit of a potluck. i made most of the food but my friend brought a salad with greens from her garden and my friend travis made a pumpkin cheesecake from a pumpkin from his garden. surprisingly it was really light, not at all like the pumpkin cheesecake normally served at thanksgiving. i made a five bean salad, grilled portobello mushrooms stuffed with goat cheese & spinach and a bulgur risotto all in all, it was pretty casual since there were 15 people and we dined al fresco
smorzalli smorzalli 6 years
Last week I had people over for a meal that's a family (and Navy) tradition- 21 Boy Curry. Everyone starts with rice and a mild curry base. I had laid out 21 toppings for people to then add to their liking- everything from hardboiled eggs, cheese and bacon to grapes, apples and coconut. It sounds crazy and maybe even a little gross, but somehow the mixture of flavors and textures is delicious and makes for a really fun meal.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 6 years
I made Pioneer Womans bacon wrapped jalepenos http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/07/bacon-wrapped_j/
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
we :bbq: steak and i made stuffed baked potatoes and we had a big salad and fresh baked bread. i was just thinking today that we haven't had anyone over in weeks. need to do this again.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
My last dinner party was really informal...we had Porterhouse steaks, grilled onions stuffed with bacon bleu cheese butter, steamed zucchini with lemon butter, and strawberry shortcake.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
As usual.......bacon wrapped dogs with ice cold Pabst.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Casual as usual - and always new recipes. Our friends are all foodies and we love experimenting so it's never the same thing twice. New cocktails also a must. If you want specifics - fish/seafood/meat :drool: and lots of sides.
26rosebud 26rosebud 6 years
Kia, I LOVE chocolate stout cake! I always have a Guinness in the fridge in case an occasion arises to make one.
26rosebud 26rosebud 6 years
I made a traditional (or so says Wikipedia) Southern Australian fare as one of my guests was an Aussie. I served pie floaters, which is a meat pie floating in a bowl of green pea soup along with roasted sweet potato sticks. It was total comfort food and the two pared really well together to our amazement. For dessert we had vanilla slice, which I guess is a common dish over there but none of the other guests had heard about. It was a huge smash!
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
My last was a very casual type dinner, no real theme, just good food. Steak salad (just greens with some awesome rib eye's sliced up) Antipasto Pizza and stromboli BBQ chicken Shrimp cocktail and bacon-wrapped shrimp Fried Rice Zeppoles Frittelle di Mele (Apple Fritters) Mint chocolate pudding pie I obviously love to cook tons of food. I do stuff like this all the time. There's a lot of Italian-esque stuff, considering I am Italian...but then fried rice and bbq chicken -- just good food.
kia kia 6 years
Local apple whiskey or fruit spritzer Olive and pepper tapenade w/ artisan bread and crudite beer, wine, juice or bubbly water lasagna salad with a variety of stuff from the garden chocolate stout cupcakes (based on the guinness stout cake recipe here) w/ whipped cream
PinkUnicorn PinkUnicorn 6 years
I started with a selection of cured Italian meats and Italian cheeses with crostini, then I started with a caprese salad, next was butternut squash ravioli in sage butter, then veal saltimbocca with roasted zucchini and potatoes, and we finished with lemon gelato and Italian cookies.
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