Downton Abbey is back on television in the US this weekend, so get out the good china and polish the silver.
By which I mean have the kitchen staff get out the good china and polish the silver.
I couldn’t decide between a tea party and a dinner in honor of everyone’s favorite classy soap opera, so it ended up somewhere in the middle.
Channeling my inner Mrs. Patmore, I came up with a spread of pretty and dainty things, very loosely inspired by favorite ingredients from the U.K and with a modern twist. Perfect for your Downton Abbey premiere, finale or viewing party.
We invited our own Dowager Countess to preside over the event. I think she approved.
Downton Abbey Party Menu
Oh my stars. The very English cheese, Stilton (or use Gorgonzola or similar), baked into buttery puff pastry and topped with a pear salad.
This super easy play on cucumber sandwiches was a surprise hit.
These tiny, appetizer-sized Yorkshire Puddings filled with rare beef have been haunting my dreams. Just. Make. Them.
Fresh English peas, leeks, and mint make for a fresh-tasting, sophisticated soup.
Much more than a palate cleanser, this sorbet is absolutely bursting with flavor. And color!
My favorite Almond Cake, made dainty for the occasion by baking in a mini tartlet pan (a mini muffin pan will work as well). Cake recipe makes 24 mini-sized cakes, reduce baking time from original recipe.
My favorite scones- packed with luscious chunks of white chocolate, dried apricots, and walnuts and barely enough dough to hold them together. The Brits would be appalled.