Spring is such a joyful and colorful season, which makes it the perfect time to host a fantastic party for all your family and friends. This season brings with it an abundance of delicious ingredients. This makes us foodies desperate to start creating lots of seasonal delights in the kitchen. If you are planning a springtime celebration for your nearest and dearest, here are five foodie must-haves that will ensure your party is a tasty triumph!
Must have no.1: spring vegetables
There are so many beautiful, bright vegetables in season that will create big bursts of color on your dinner table. The specific ingredients that are in season will depend on your location. Typically, though, the list will include asparagus, carrots, cauliflower new potatoes, and radishes. Here are some appetizing ideas for your selection of spring vegetables:
- Crudites with Bagna Cauda;
- Spring vegetable soup (served hot or cold);
- Glazed or roasted (served alongside a main dish).
If you or any of your guests are vegetarian, you could make something more substantial like a spring vegetable casserole or pasta dish.
Must-have no.2: lamb
Lamb is the traditional meat served during the spring. Spring lamb is very tender but because the animals have not had much opportunity to graze, it doesn’t tend to be as flavorsome as the meat you get later in the year. If you can delay your party until the tail end of the season, you’ll get a richer tasting cut of meat. But if this is not practical, there are many ways of cooking spring lamb that will enhance the flavor. For example, you can stuff a leg of lamb with herbs and nuts and serve with a rich gravy, or you could make a spiced or herb-crusted rack of lamb. We would advise that you buy your lamb from a reputable high street store or online butchers. The quality of the meat will play a big role in the taste and texture of the dish.
Must-have no.3: salmon
If you want to include some fish in your menu, salmon is an excellent choice as it is particularly juicy and delicious at this time of year. For your spring party, you might like the idea of salmon, asparagus and dill quiche, miso-glazed roasted salmon with spring vegetables or salmon en croute.
Must-have no.4: chocolate dessert
No Spring menu is complete without a big serving of delectable chocolate to finish it off. There are so many recipes to choose from, just make sure that chocolate is the main ingredient! Some of our favorites include chocolate fondant (difficult to pull off but so worth it if you do), chocolate cheesecake, and chocolate mousse. If you think these are a bit naughty on their own, serve with some spring fruit like apricots, rhubarb, apples, and bananas.
Spring is the perfect time for foodies to get creative in the kitchen and share their fresh and delicious creations with all their family and friends. We hope you have been inspired by this post and that you have a fantastic spring party.