Welcome to another Compass & Fork Dinner Party, this time hailing from the United States. Regular readers will be aware that we generally feature a Dinner Party from each of the countries or regions upon which we focus. So join us for this months American Roadtrip Dinner Party Menu!
For the last 2 months, we have been visiting relatives, friends and some of the magnificent sights and foods on offer in the United States. We have labelled this the Great American Roadtrip and we have had many laughs and good times over the journey.
It has been amazing trip and I must say that with the cheap price of gasoline (when compared with other countries) and an excellent Interstate System, it is easy to travel around the country. If you are interested in our planning tips for enjoying your own Great American Roadtrip, or would like to read more about our American roadtrip then click here.
It was quite a tough decision as to what recipes to include and what not to include but the votes are in and we have gone for foods typical from the American South, and enough of it to be able to feed a crowd, perfect for entertaining.
Please read on for the details of our Great American Roadtrip Dinner Party Menu.
Celebrate the Great American Roadtrip with this Feast for a Crowd
We love the food and drink in the American South sector of our Great American Roadtrip. Our trip started across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Kentucky and winds through Tennesee, North Carolina, South Carolina and into Georgia.
For drinks, we choose to go with Planter’s Punch. This is a great drink for a crowd and looks great in one of those beautiful, old punch bowls. And it must be good for you as it includes juice! This was a tough decision to feature Planter’s Punch over Kentucky Bourbon, especially if the weather is a little on the cool side, but as you see shortly we do feature bourbon in this dinner party.
We make no secret of our love for barbecue, and it features here today. We know barbecue is found throughout the US but history tells us it began in the American South. For best results, we recommend using a smoker. Talking about smokers, we also celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas by smoking a turkey, another great recipe for a dinner party.
For a side, we considered cheesy bacon grits and Southern red rice. But in the end, we have gone for creamy rustic style mashed potatoes. This dish features in our travels from Tasmania, Australia. But they are popular everywhere, go great with beef barbecue brisket and suit feeding a big crowd. Feel free to substitute with the bacon cheesy grits or Southern red rice.
For dessert – Kentucky Bourbon balls. We saw bourbon balls everywhere in Louisville. I never attempted home-made chocolates before, but this recipe is simple and can safely be prepared before your dinner party.
If you are looking for a wine to go with that brisket and accompany your American Roadtrip Dinner Party Menu, I suggest a good Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot.
Compass & Fork Dinner Parties
We love dinner parties for entertaining purposes, rather than meeting friends and family at a restaurant. Old-fashioned? Maybe, but it is much easier to relax at home and it is cheaper.
We love dinner parties so much that we published an article on how to start a supper club, as a way of promoting the need to maintain contact with your friends and family. It’s also a great way to enjoy food from different cultures:
- Australian Dinner Parties. Find out why the food in Australia is so good. We feature a Melbourne Dinner Party as well as a Tasmanian Dinner Party.
- Greek Dinner Party. Everybody’s favorite cuisine. Tasty and healthy, with a slightly naughty dessert.
- Italian Dinner Party. The flavors of Italy. The antipasto platter is a highlight.
- Laos and Cambodia Dinner Party. These 2 little known countries are sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam. Talk about vibrant. What more do we need to say?
- Patagonian Dinner Party. Stunning scenery and food. See what they eat at the “end of the world”.
- Peruvian Dinner Party. Even my Chilean friends say that food from Peru is the best in South America. Find out how they started fusion cuisine.
- Thai Dinner Party. The land of smiles has a well-deserved food reputation. Impress your friends with this banquet!
- Turkish Dinner Party. Colorful and tasty. See what real mezes taste like from a cuisine that has given so much to the world.
- Uruguayan Dinner Party. Lovely people and great food. Another underrated country deserving of your attention. A very easy dinner party.
- Vietnamese Dinner Party. Thai food is rightly popular but Vietnamese food is just as good with an emphasis on fresh herbs.
Great American Roadtrip Dinner Party Menu
Here are the details for our Great American Roadtrip Dinner Party Menu.
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ENTREE (Main Course)
Kentucky Bourbon Balls (not Paleo)