An Asian-inflected dinner party that's full of big flavors and easy to pull together
When it comes to planning a party menu, I like delicious—it just has to taste good. And if the food’s as much fun to make as it is to eat, guests will be happy helping out in the kitchen. That’s my kind of party.
This is my kind of food, too—a modern mix of simple, fresh dishes with an Asian bent. The watermelon lemonade gets spiked with shochu, a Japanese (or sometimes Korean) spirit, while the pasta salad takes a new turn with snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, and sesame oil. A tasty twist on shrimp cocktail includes spicy mayo and crisp garlic breadcrumbs, and crunchy panko-breaded pork cutlets are topped with a Thai-inspired herb salad. Dessert is do-ahead (because your guests deserve a break by then): pineapple parfaits with mint, strawberries, and lychees. Like I said, easy and just a little exotic.