A Decadent Winter Dinner

Alex bought a prime rib roast to smoke over the holiday season. We ended up being so busy, we had to freeze it. This weekend, we invited a few friends over for dinner and decided it was the perfect time to thaw it out and throw it in the smoker.

Alex was in charge of smoking a perfectly medium rare prime rib roast on our Green Mountain out in the shop, and I was in charge of the sides. The menu I planned turned out great and I thought I would share it with you.

Pomegranate Grapefruit Mules

https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/pomegranate-champagne-mule/

Pomegranate season is sadly coming to an end. I found the recipe for this amazing mule on Half-Baked Harvest last year. Most people who try it say it’s one of the best drinks they’ve ever had, and I would agree. I made a huge batch and set up a little garnish station next to it.

These garnishes made the drinks so beautiful and taste even more refreshing.

Winter Salad

https://cookieandkate.com/pomegranate-pear-green-salad-with-ginger-dressing/

Since we had pomegranates on hand, pairing the leftover arils with a winter salad of fresh greens, feta cheese, toasted pecans, apples, and a homemade ginger dressing was an easy choice.

I made this salad ahead of time, popped it out of the refrigerator, and dressed it right on the table.

Lobster Bisque:

https://cafedelites.com/lobster-bisque/

There’s not much more you have to say. This is about one of the best dishes I’ve made. It was a hit, and I would highly recommend you try it out! I made it early and put it in the refrigerator. When all the guests arrived, I put it back on the stove and added the lobster.

Because I was making it for a crowd, I cut down the cayenne quite a bit. I reheated this bowl later and sprinkled some over it to give it the kick I like.

Cravings (Chrissy Teigen’s) Mac and Cheese

https://www.browneyedbaker.com/chrissy-teigen-mac-and-cheese/

This one is a little more laborious than other sides I’ve done, but always such a hit with a crowd.

Homemade Honey Butter

Since I took a shortcut and bought frozen dinner rolls, I wanted to jazz them up a little bit with this homemade honey butter. I just softened a stick of butter and used a hand-mixer to combine 3 Tablespoons of honey, 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar, and a dash of sea salt. So easy.

Chocolate Mousse Pie and Dinosaur Cookies

For me, the best thing about baking is nothing. Kidding, but it really isn’t a strength for me. I love the idea of it, but when I read an instruction that says, “bake 10-35 minutes,” my brain shuts down.

In the cute little town where I teach, there is this incredible baker named Tessa Petersen. She runs her own baking business called Tessa’s Treats. I reached out to her, and had her make the boys cookies and the adults a chocolate mousse pie.

I dressed up the pie a little bit with chocolate sauce and fresh raspberries.
The boys loved these dinosaur cookies.

If you’re hosting a dinner party soon, it can be stressful to put a menu together. I thought this came together well, was easy to manage, and delicious. Happy hosting!

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