“Harry Potter” Party Menu: Sunday Roast

Main Courses, Menus / Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Now that we’ve gotten the desserts out of the way, it’s time to talk about a Harry Potter-themed dinner.

I don’t think you could do better than a traditional British Sunday Roast, a family meal generally eaten after church, with roasted meat and all the trimmings.

Think of it as a Hogwarts back-to-school feast on a smaller scale.

In “The River Cottage Meat Book” Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall writes:

“Like the breaking of a loaf of bread or the opening of a bottle of wine, the carving of a roast at the table, to share among family and friends, is as honorable a ritual today as it has been for centuries. It’s hardly surprising that it happens most often on a Sunday. And no wonder, when asked in a survey what their favorite meal was, well over half the country replied ‘roast dinner.'”

So, make some memories with your own family (or friendly) feast.

Here are some suggestions for things you might serve (including Jamie Oliver’s Roast Chicken with Lemon and Bacon-Rosemary Roast Potatoes from the top of this post):

Main Dishes:

Roast Chicken

Easy Roast Chicken. My new go-to chicken. So easy, I can’t believe it works.

Company Pot Roast with carrots, onions, celery and leeks.

All-Sold-Out Chicken Pot Pie. You’ve GOT to make this at least once in your life. Holy whoa, Nelly!

Fennel and Mushroom Pie. A crustless pie with layers of vegetables, herbs and cheese. So, so good.



Mashed Potatoes with Scallions and Lemon Zest

Parmesan Peas. A little cheese really perks up sweet peas.


French String Beans with Roasted Red Onion and Peppers

Creamed Corn. Positively luscious.


Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts. This will really make you crave broccoli. I’m serious!


Cauliflower Gratin. Warm, rich, cheesy, gooey comfort food.


Baked Shells with Fontina and Parmesan Bread Crumbs

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