You will love this three-course dinner party menu. It’s easy on the cook. It’s easy on the wallet. And yes — it’s easy on the eyes! The first-course Red Bell Pepper Soup, the main-course Sage Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, and the grand finale Pink Champagne Cake can all be made well ahead of time. You can relax and enjoy a cocktail when your guests arrive. Here’s the video how-to plus links to printable recipes:
Easy Dinner Party: The Video
Click the “play” arrow above to watch me prepare this meal. As a bonus for watching, I’ll set the table and make a budget-friendly floral centerpiece for you! And to be the first kid on the block to see my videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel.
Easy Dinner Party Recipes
Red Bell Pepper Soup is a healthful puree of ripe, Vitamin C-rich bell peppers, plus zingy garlic, fragrant thyme, and creamy russet potatoes. And Lawd A-Mighty — it’s delicious! You can make the soup three (or even four) days ahead of time. Reheat over a low flame shortly before guests arrive. Here’s the printable recipe:
Whole sage leaves infuse these Sage Chicken Thighs a delicious perfume. For the best flavor, first brown the chicken (skin-side only) in a hot skillet for 30 seconds. Then transfer the chicken to a sheet pan along with halved Brussels sprouts (or with shredded cabbage and sweet potato medallions). Cover the baking sheet with cling film and refrigerate. Pop the sheet pan into the oven approximately 25 minutes before serving time (or while guests are enjoying their first-course soup). Here’s the printable recipe:
Pink Champagne Cake was popular during the 1960s. “Champagne” is a misnomer here, as the cake is made with inexpensive blush Prosecco or sparkling wine. A little strawberry extract gives the cake a strawberry-champagne scent that no one I’ve ever met can resist. You can make the cake up to three days ahead of serving time. As if you can wait that long. Here’s the printable:
I hope this menu will encourage you to host a small dinner party soon. xKevin