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going against everything I thought I was going to do, here is my menu for a dinner party this weekend. There will be 6 of us, but 2 will be potentially late (I will have a heads up when they are 3 hours from town), so I need to be able to hold starter/dinner for them, have hearty enough nibbles to tie over our other guests without ruining dinner. I found prime rib on sale 2 for 1, so opted for this over my original pork roast.

nibbles: brie/bacon jam crostini, pancetta wrapped shrimp
starter: celeriac/apple soup
main: roast prime rib, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, gravy, braised spring onion, peas & lettuce
dessert: cherry clafouti

too much? too heavy? just right?

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  1. I would lose either the potatoes or the Yorkshire pudding. I would also use at least one vegetable which is in season, but then I don't know where in the world you are...

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    1. re: ZoeLouise

      We always had roasted potatoes and Yorkshire growing up. I think you need a very light veg with all te starch.

    2. I would want a fresh green salad with some acid based dressing to revive the palate before the main, so I would drop the soup.

      Agree that that you either need potatoes or Yorkshire pudding not both.

      Also agree about the vegetables - both of yours are spring time choices so they seem a little out of place.

      Gravy??? - Did you mean Au Jus, that would be preferable with Prime Rib also serve some horse radish (or horseradish sauce) but not gravy.

      NOTE: If you served me this meal I would be very grateful and I am sure very full in a good way.

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      1. re: RetiredChef

        In Vermont the gravy would be for the potatoes and those eating the well done beef.

        1. re: melpy

          Yep, same in MT where I live. Unfortunatly there will be no wonder bread this year.

      2. Nice classical menu.

        Make the nibbles lighter!

        I'd serve some smoked/marinated fish instead what you have.

        1. I always serve roasted potatoes and Yorkshire pudding with gravy. This is a very British menu. My MIL also serves peas, but I draw the line there.

          Personally, I would add one lighter nibble. I also like to offer foods in groups of threes. I do like the idea of smoked fish. Maybe that could be your third.

          1. I think it sounds like a good menu.

            There is nothing wrong with both roasted potatoes and yorkshire pudding. It is common in my family and I think it is nice to give people options. I think for a nice dinner, it is always nice to have extras. Yorkshire pudding and gravy work nicely together.

            I also think soups are really nice to have at this time of year.

            One small quibble would be the nibbles. Bacon and pancetta are similiar, so to give a bit of variety, I might also offer an onion jam or bell pepper jam with the crostini.