It’s fall (finally!) and the leaves around Boise are turning a spectacular shade of orange and yellow. The wind has a little bite to it and the nights leave morning frost instead of dew. This is the perfect time to put another log on the fire and invite friends and family over for a delicious home cooked dinner. We have put together a perfect menu for your next dinner party this fall.
Drinks: Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Bar
Let’s start with the apps and the drinks. We want everything to be on-theme so your guests will be sipping on homemade pumpkin spice lattes that you can serve iced or hot. Yes, there are many jokes and snide Twitter comments about pumpkin spiced lattes and the people who enjoy them, but they are popular for a reason: they are delicious! Here’s how you can make a huge batch of them for the party with ease. You’ll have a full pumpkin spiced latte bar up and running in no time! Just make sure to save some for yourself as they will go fast.
Appetizers: Rosemary and Sea Salt Chips With Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
For the appetizer, we are going for a mix of a classic with a new twist. Potatoes are all the rage these days and making your own artisanal chips at home has never been easier. You’ll be serving handmade rosemary and sea salt chips with a warm spinach-artichoke dip. With this one-two flavor punch, your guests will never know what hit them. The hearty chips are perfect for dipping and the hint of rosemary, a fall staple, will take the whole affair to the next level. Here is the recipe for the chips and the recipe for the dip can be found here, courtesy of Alton Brown.
Main Course Drink: Warm Spiced Mulled Wine
Staying on brand for our fall dinner party, we are going to be serving hot spiced mulled wine. You can make this ahead and just keep it simmering on low until dinner is ready to serve. The beautiful thing about mulled wine is that it is a great pallet for experimentation. Try a few dashes and pinches of your favorite fall flavors like pear, cocoa, mango, or ginger. The final flavor is up to you but it is always delicious. Here’s a great recipe from Ina Garten’s kitchen. How bad can that be?
Main Course Dish: Oktoberfest Beer Holiday Chili
The great thing about chili besides how it tastes is that it is deceptively easy to make. For this dinner party we are going to be serving crock pot “Oktoberfest” beer chili that you can make hours ahead of the party and let simmer all day filling the house with warmth and sumptuous smells. What’s special about this chili is that it has its flavor backbone supplied by the year’s most flavor-packed beer: Oktoberfest. No summer or spring beer comes close to the depth and richness of flavor that the average Oktoberfest beer has. They are typically darker and malt driven and have complex notes of citrus and spice. All of which makes for the perfect chili! We recommend using Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest as it is a top shelf quality beer that is widely available. For the chili recipe, we recommend this one, which is a slow cooker beef chili with beer.
Dessert: Homemade Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
Going “traditional” has been the officially “non-traditional” thing to do lately. So, we are rounding out this fall themed dinner party meal with a very traditional dessert with a small twist. We are serving a homemade pumpkin pie ice cream instead of just plain old pumpkin pie that can be made in your freezer without expensive and cumbersome ice cream making equipment. Find the recipe here! This can be made a day or two ahead of time as well. Simply mix, stir, pour, and freeze!
We hope you enjoyed this festive fall menu. Feel free to use it for your next fall or even Christmas get together to help you take a little pressure off of the planning stage of things. Fall is a time for contemplation, relaxation, and spending time with valued friends and family. May this menu help you enjoy your next fall party a little bit more. If you don’t currently have the perfect home to host your next dinner party, then please give us a call and we will help you find the home of your dreams in the Treasure Valley and beyond! Contact us today to get started.