We love a winter wedding not only because snow can add such a dreamy, romantic background, but also because you can get a little more creative. Since it’s not wedding high season, you can push the boundaries of what’s expected or more traditional at weddings (think sleigh rides instead of lawn games) and really have some fun with it. One of the most delicious ways to get your creative juices flowing is planning an indulgent seasonal winter menu.
Even though all of the bright fruits and vegetables of summer aren’t in season right now, there are so many other hearty and heart-warming ingredients that are available as we were piecing together our ideal winter menu, our stomachs were seriously growling. We took a hint from everyone’s favorite comfort foods as inspiration for this menu, but turned it up a notch with indulgent ingredients, like truffles and red wine, while also keeping it classy (none of mom’s casserole here). Get ready to take some notes and work up a serious appetite…
Signature Cocktail: Sparkling Pear & Ginger Cocktail
Trade in the traditional champagne and cranberry combo for this wintery cocktail. Sweet pear, spicy ginger, and earthy sage liquor – we could not think of a better combination to get your guests warmed up.
Small Bites: Crispy Prosciutto Baked Brie Bites, Truffle Fries, and Croque Monsieur Crostini
If anyone knows how to mix classy and indulgent, it’s the French. These brie bites with prosciutto, pear, and walnuts are the perfect balance of sweet and salty (and would pair wonderfully with the above cocktail). The only thing better than a croque monsieur is a mini croque monsieur – it’s basically an adult grilled cheese that will keep your guests going back for more. And truffle fries…do they really need an explanation as to why they made the cut?
Soups: Roasted Garlic Potato Soup with Chili Oil and Maple Cream Sweet Potato Soup
We’re taking advantage of the colder temps and trading in the usual salad for a rich and creamy soup. We love these two different riffs on potato soup. The first is for those who love bold flavors: roasted garlic, spicy chili oil, and crispy brussels sprouts. The latter will satisfy the sweet-lovers: maple syrup, cinnamon, apple cider, and cream (obviously) make this the comforting soup of our dreams.
Entrees: Red Wine Braised Short Ribs and Coq au Riesling
What better a way to dress up comfort food than with wine. Beef short ribs so tender they fall apart are made only better with rich red wine. Since we’ve got red wine covered, we’re trading in the traditional red in coq au vin for sweet riesling. We love this rustic, homey classic, but the white wine keeps it unexpected and is a nice surprise for your guests.
Desserts: Hot Cocoa Bar and Donuts
Guests will love this DIY dessert. Think beyond the traditional marshmallow and whipped cream toppings here: salted caramel sauce, peppermints, dark chocolate chunks, crushed toffee bits, Bailey’s. Mini donuts add a nostalgic (and delicious) note to rich, dressed up hot chocolate.
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