Menu for Downton Abbey Inspired Dinner
This week I made a presentation at a book club (I love doing this—one of my fav things to do). The ladies told me that they threw a Downton Abbey party for one of their meetings. Showed me photos—they dressed up and everything. Very fun! Inspired, I decided to revisit the DA dinner party. We’ve already outlined the elements of the party and taken an in-depth look at the cocktail hour. Let’s now focus on the meal.
A formal dinner during Downton’s heyday could have featured up to 22 courses! Lacking a household staff that includes Mrs. Patmore, Daisy, Mr. Carson, and assorted footmen, me thinks we must simplify a bit. And even taking tiny bites, how could anyone eat their way through 22 courses? Plus the women wore corsets. Impossible.
This would be followed by the fish course. Ms. Knutson suggests Pamela Foster’s Poached Salmon with Mousseline Sauce (her recipe follows a fascinating article featuring a menu from the Titanic):
We’re now at the point where we do the continental thing and serve a palate-cleansing sorbet. Has everyone saved room for their veggies? The salad course is next. If there’s one thing we Americans do well, it’s salad. Open a pre-chopped bag of salad and dress it up, or make your own using a vintage cookbook.
Finally, dessert. A truffle or pudding would be traditional. Ms. Knutsen suggests Raspberry Meringue Pudding:
And, if all this isn’t enough, you could follow with assorted cheeses and fruit, coffee, and cigars.