A Fall Birthday Dinner for Johnny

Johnny’s birthday was this past Saturday and in true form, we were throwing a dinner party. After many weekends out of town or filled with football activities, we decided a night in with friends (and football, of course) was in order.

I looked to a trusty Roast Beef with Horseradish Mustard recipe that I’ve found on Pinterest for the main course. After two successful past experiences, I knew this recipe is great for a crowd, tastes excellent, and is relatively inexpensive. We served it with dinner rolls and pretzel rolls, and you can find the recipe on my Party Party All Day board or at MyRecipes.com (all of the recipes originally come from the site but are also on my Pinterest boards).

I wanted fall vegetables to go with the roast beef and served the Fall Vegetable Hash from the September issue of Southern Living. The colors were beautiful on the stove and guests’ plates, and it was a delicious complement to the main dish. You can find the recipe on my Bon Appetite, Y’all Pinterest board.

For salad, I went with a simple kale salad with roasted beets, crumbled goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. I needed another side to serve, and with the roast occupying the oven and the stove in use for the veggies, we decided to-go mac n’ cheese was the easy route. After a few phone calls, Johnny found a pan from Dickey’s for a reasonable price. He added panko bread crumbs and shredded cheese on top before warming it in the oven and serving it.

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Finally, no birthday party is complete without cake and Johnny had requested a white cake with buttercream icing. I looked to Southern Living again and tried Mrs. Billet’s White Cake and Buttercream Frosting from the December 2012 issue. It was a hit with everyone and exceeded expectations for the birthday boy. You can find the recipe on my Decadent Desserts board.

As an added bonus, our friends Natalie and Major brought Cajun turkey meatballs and fresh deer backstrap stuffed with jalapenos and cream cheese, and wrapped in bacon.

If you’re in need of a feeding a crowd, try any of the recipes mentioned above for a filling meal that is sure to please. The recipes are relatively inexpensive and easy, but taste gourmet. Don’t forget cocktails! Enjoy!

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