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Dining Al Fresco No. 3: American Dinner Party

I must admit, I had a bit of trouble putting this dinner party together. So much in the way of classic American fare revolves around rather casual food like hot dogs and burgers. But those foods are for barbecues, not for dinner parties. So while this meal might seem a bit more casual that some of the past dinner parties, I’ve attempted to make things more eat-at-the-table friendly. No fold up camp chairs permitted.

Beer Battered Cheese Curds: I was just introduced to these this year and I’m obsessed. Fried cheese curds are apparently a midwestern food so it seems only appropriate that you would have a bowl or two of these for snacking while waiting for people to arrive.

Cucumber and Tomato Salad: While you can certainly serve a leafy salad, creamy salads seem to go better with American summers. A salad like this with all those cucumbers and tomatoes will be both light and delicious.

Lobster Rolls: Seafood just seems fancier than beef or chicken. This seaside dish will be a welcome course no matter how many miles from the ocean you are.

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail: No American outdoor party is complete without lemonade. Here’s a recipe that can be made with or without the alcohol.

Mason Jar Banana Split: Banana splits seem a bit messy and childish, but serving them in mason jars makes them seem much more grown up and summery. You’ll get all the flavor without the mess.

Top Image via Camille Styles

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