Menu for a posh dinner party on a budget

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Caroline Stronkhorst in Food & Drink

Last updated: 26 January 2020, 04:04 GMT

Throwing a dinner party is a great way to catch up with friends and enjoying a nice meal. If you love to host but don’t want to spend too much cash, there are many dishes you can make that are fairly cheap. Here are our top recipes for a fancy dinner party that doesn’t break the bank.

Starter

Asparagus tart
From LoveFood.com

It can’t get much easier and cheaper than this three ingredient tart! All you need: a rolled out sheet of puffed pasty, a bunch of trimmed asparagus and some grated Gruyere cheese. Simply cover the pastry sheet with the asparagus and cheese, brush with some oil and bake in the oven at 200C for 25 minutes.

The total cost of the ingredients are only £6.30, which comes to about £1.50 if you’re making the dish for four people! You can cut down the cost even more by using Italian hard cheese or a mature cheddar.

Display the asparagus on the puff pastry sheet in a nice circle or in lines next to each other to make the tart look extra posh. Serve with a small side salad or a piece of garlic bread.

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Main

Confit of salmon with new potato & crab crush & dill drizzle
From BBC Good Food

Salmon always works well at a dinner party! Accompanied with crab, potatoes and dill and you’ve got a winning main course for your posh dinner party. Although the ingredient list might seem a bit more daunting, remember that you will have most items in your cupboard already, or you can buy them for a couple of pennies.

For the full ingredient list and recipe, click here. The cost for the ingredients for your main course should total about £20. Divided by 4 this still makes a cheap main course for £5 per person. You can check your local supermarkets or fish mongers for offers on salmon and crabmeat to reduce the price!

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Dessert

Affogato
From Jamie Oliver

A winning dessert at posh dinner parties! After dinner it is a popular choice to have a coffee with your dessert, so why not combine the two! Affogato is a budget-friendly dessert as it only requires a couple of ingredients, and you can make it your own. For the base, use something like a chocolate mousse, cake, pie or any leftovers you may have. Top this with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a short of hot espresso and an amaretti biscuit.

Easy peasy and is sure to win over your dinner party guests. Ingredients should not cost you more than a couple of pounds in total. I think you will struggle finding a cheaper, better dessert!

With this menu you are guaranteed to impress your dinner party guests, while staying on a tight budget. It doesn’t have to cost the world to eat well! Of course you can personalise the dishes as you wish and make them even more budget friendly. Make sure to check different supermarkets for offers!

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