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Making a roast dinner extra special for a dinner party

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secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 14:27:38

Am entertaining at the weekend for a group of people that combined have a long list of dietary requirements. Am sorted for starter and dessert. For main I've decided to do a 'spruced up' roast as this will be simpler for me and will help get around a lot of the allergies and dislikes. But would like to make it a bit more special than the roast I'd make for the family. Not decided whether beef or lamb (or maybe pork tenderloin). At it's simplest will make something like a Marsala sauce and lots of sides. Just wondered if you wonderful people had any further ideas? Can't include gluten, mustard, mushrooms, cream. Thanks

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AtleastitsnotMonday Tue 26-Dec-17 14:48:19

If you do pork tenderloin it is delicious roasted with shallots and apples.
This parsnip, spring onion and thyme gratin is something a bit more special.

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 15:10:36

Thank you @AtleastitsnotMonday - am leaning towards the pork and like that Apple suggestion. Also like the gratin recipe - can't include milk or cream or cows cheese for one of the guests but could make an adapted version for them with stock and goats cheese and then the original version for everyone else. Thank you x

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Ricekrispie22 Tue 26-Dec-17 16:27:16

To make it special, I'd cook venison using one of these recipes or

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 16:30:35

Lovely ideas @Ricekrispie22 thank you. Will have to think where I might get venison, not seen it in our usual butchers

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myrtleWilson Tue 26-Dec-17 16:36:03

for a delicious braised pork I can recommend the Moro Pork in Sherry - we serve with either mashed potatoes or roasted and buttered spinach. It doesn't look like a Disney banquet but tastes delicious!

LoniceraJaponica Tue 26-Dec-17 16:36:12

You could ask the butcher to bone a whole chicken if you don't feel you can do it yourself then make a gluten free stuffing to put in it, roast it whole and serve with a marsala sauce, pommes boulangere, and some nice vegetable sides.

myrtleWilson Tue 26-Dec-17 16:38:09

Just to say - I know mash isn't extra special dinner party fare! But Boulanger or Dauphinoise would work too...

LoniceraJaponica Tue 26-Dec-17 16:41:31

Doesn't Dauphinoise contain cream? That's why I suggested Boulangere.

myrtleWilson Tue 26-Dec-17 16:47:13

yes - but you could use a soya cream instead (but I can't vouch for its taste/application in dauphinoise...)

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 16:47:13

More great ideas. Can't make Dauphinois because of the cream but appreciate the idea, Boulangere would be good. Or maybe Duchess potatoes

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LoniceraJaponica Tue 26-Dec-17 16:48:58

Boulangere is easy because you can prepare it in advance and serve it in the dish it was cooked in.

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 16:53:14

Yes I agree, and they are very forgiving so lots of flexibility

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Ricekrispie22 Tue 26-Dec-17 17:31:36

Asda and Waitrose sell venison.

LoniceraJaponica Tue 26-Dec-17 17:39:23

IMO venison is an acquired taste - one that I haven't manged to acquire.

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 17:50:42

Was wondering about that too. I've enjoyed venison when I've had it but know people who don't. Might stay safe with one of the other meats. Really need to keep it simple with some fancier sides/sauces

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AtleastitsnotMonday Tue 26-Dec-17 19:35:56

These potatoes fit the brief and look quite impressive but pretty simple.

LoniceraJaponica Tue 26-Dec-17 21:22:27

Wow, that looks impressive Atleast

secondhoneymoon Tue 26-Dec-17 21:37:23

Oh wow yes perfect thank you @AtleastitsnotMonday

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