03 January 2013

Dinner Party - A Roundup of Recipes for a Winter Menu


You are cordially invited to my winter dinner party. Once all the holiday hubbub dies down, don't you get in the mood for a nice sedate little dinner party for six to eight people?

Maybe get the party started with some Sausage Pinwheels (above), or Gougeres, and your favorite beverage. Gougeres (pronounced goo-ZHAIR) are these gorgeous little savory French puffs that are so easy to make and never fail to impress.


Then invite everyone to sit down at the table for a hearty winter meal. Start with a first course of soup, maybe Roasted Tomato Soup, and save the salad for after the main course.


It's a bit of a production, but everyone needs to make Boeuf Bourguignon once every winter.


And Boeuf Bourguignon calls for Perfect Mashed Potatoes.


Of course, you'll want some Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls with that.


Here's the perfect salad for a winter dinner party. Winter Salad. You make it, and dress it, the day before. So that's one more thing you don't have to do right before the party.


A hearty menu like this calls for a light dessert, like Angel Food Cake with Custard Sauce--Creme Anglaise, if you want to carry through on the French theme.


Hope you enjoyed the party!

19 comments:

Abigail Rogers said...

Oh, heavens! You are making my mouth water. I've wanted to try Boeuf Bourguignon for a very long time, but never worked up the nerve.

Those sausage pinwheels look scrumptious! I can just imagine the flaky pastry....

-Abigail
www.PictureBritain.com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Abby, thank you! When you get ready to try Boeuf Bourguignon, I think you'll find my directions very clear and easy to follow. Do let me know how it turns out for you.

Vera said...

Yummmm!!! I'm hungry now, and must try some if not all of these recipes. Now I'm inspired to throw my own little get-together!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thank you, Vera! I was hoping it would inspire someone!

Mary said...

What a lovely party! I'd contribute, but you offered such a feast that there's no need ... :)

Mary
http://foodfloozie.blogspot.com

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Mary! You're not off the hook that easy - you can bring a bottle of wine!

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

Thank you, for the fine dinner, Jeani! Yes, I’ll have another plate of those sausage pinwheels. Didn’t take me long to eat all 17 of them. What, there’s more? Oh you mean the TomTom soup! Yeah, yeah…I drank that off in one slurp. 17 pinwheels, I mean…I was a little dry. What, more still? Do you have doggie bags? Ah, it’s going to take me a few tries to get the hang of this “dining” thing as opposed to – you know – eating. Ah, well, if you tamed Cap’n what’s-his-name, I won’t be that much worse… Thanks for starting the New Year’s offer right!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

You're so welcome. Virtual dinners are no trouble at all! And they are the perfect way for you to ease into "dining" rather than simply "eating"!

Yenta Mary said...

What a lovely party! I'd contribute, but you offered such a feast that there's no need ... :)

LANA said...

Wow - everything is mouth-watering. You just made me so hungry!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thank you, Lana! Winter cooking is so much more fun than summer cooking, I think. So cozy!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

you bet I enjoyed the party!! what a wonderful feast - everything looks SOOO delicious! (I found those pretty little cupcake liners in England when I visited my mum - in her local supermarket!)
Mary x
ps so happy to follow you

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Mary, thank you so much! About those cupcake liners - I had a feeling you picked them up in England! (As I learned early in life from my grandmother, everything is better in England!)

Grandbabycakes said...

That entire meal looks unreal!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks, Jocelyn! Doesn't food blogging make you hungry!

Jenn said...

I would gladly come to your dinner party, Jean!! YUM! Everything looks wonderful!

P.s.. I'm making your fire roasted tomato soup tonight :)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Jenn, thanks so much! And do let me know how the soup turns out for you!

A_Boleyn said...

I want to come to your winter party, though the roast duck I made for New Year's day was great. :) I've never tried sausage pinwheels but they look tasty as does that tray of pull apart buns.

I have to check out your gougere recipe though mine are decent.

http://a-boleyn.livejournal.com/80704.html

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Thanks so much! Let me know how they turn out for you.

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