If the thought of throwing a dinner party breaks you into a cold sweat, you’re not alone. It’s right up there with public speaking as one of those big, scary things that turns fully-functioning people to mush. Not that I’m judging you. I’m not a big fan of public speaking and I have been known to have the odd freak-out attack at the prospect of hosting a dinner party. Performance anxiety often sets in and I draw a blank at what to cook.
Sound familiar? Food Crush has put together the ultimate fuss-free dinner party menu to take all the fretting out of your next soiree.
1. The ice breaker:
Jamie Oliver’s Charlotta champagne cocktail
Charlotta champagne cocktail | Jamie Oliver recipes.
Serve a welcome cocktail on arrival. It’s a nice touch that gets people talking and makes you look like a bit of a legend. Easy peasy. Grab some cocktail glasses (or champagne glasses will do), place a sugar cube in each one and sprinkle a few drops of Angostura bitters into each glass. Fill with bubbles and a splash of brandy, and finish it off with some finely-sliced orange rind. Tres chic!
2. The starter:
My cooking hero, Nigella Lawson believes entrees make everything too complicated. Talk about taking the pressure off! Instead, take the less formal approach of serving an Italian-style antipasti plate which your guests can graze on whilst sipping on their cocktails. Jamie Oliver serves his antipasti plate with ciabatta bread, but in the interests of being gluten-free, you can serve yours without bread or with gluten-free soda bread.