It’s no secret that the Park sisters love Harry Potter. We’ve dressed up, stood in line for midnight movies and book releases, and read all the books and watched the movies several times. Since several of my friends and I were a bit too lazy to stand in line for the midnight showing, I decided to host a Harry Potter themed dinner the next day with food mentioned from the book. (If you know me, you know I’ll find any excuse to host a party or celebrate an occasion.)
Playing with Food
I’m horrible with plating dishes and making it look pretty. I always leave it to someone else, but somehow I was stuck with it this time. As you can see, I got bored and wanted to stick the rosemary in the prime rib and give it antlers. Haha.
Roast Chicken w/ Vegetables, Creamed Spinach & Creamed Corn
I used a simple roast chicken recipe (here) and loved the results. The chicken was very moist and I loved that I didn’t need to do extra work with the vegetables since I cooked it all together. I got a bit lazy with the jus since I had other stuff to cook, but I’ll definitely be making this recipe again and including the jus.
I’ve made yorkshire pudding a bunch of times, but used a different recipe this time that required a bit more work. Of course, I ended up forgetting to butter/put fat on the muffin tins so it was interesting trying to remove each one. Needless to say, I need new muffin tins.
Mini Butterscotch Eclairs
I ordered these from Andrea from The Best for Last. Even though it sounds like the desserts would be overly sweet, the flavors were great and the butterscotch wasn’t overpowering.
Harry Potter Candy & Chocolate
There’s a great place in Los Angeles called Whimsic Alley that sells all sorts of Harry Potter goodies. They have wands, robes, books, candy, and almost anything Harry Potter relate. (They also carry Twilight stuff, but that makes me cringe.) It’s a cute little store located on Mid-Wilshire and even though the Harry Potter movies are done now, it’s still a great place to check out.
Homemade Butter Beer
I used a very simple Butter Beer recipe that I found online (here). There’s a lot of different recipes online, but I found this to be the easiest and quickest to make. I haven’t gone to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter so I really can’t compare the J.K. Rowling approved drink to the recipe I found.
Made by my friend, Janet of Iced: Cupcakes and Cookies. I loved the nuts and slight saltiness to it. I found these cute popcorn boxes at Target in the candy aisle. They have bigger plastic ones in the dollar section, but these are smaller and cheaper.
Overall, I think it was a successful dinner! Everyone had a good time and even though we were all supposed to be watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 we were all busy trying different flavors of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans.
Thanks to all my friends that helped out and brought goodies!