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We’ve been invited to a “pink party” for Valentine’s Day: All the food and drink are in shades of pink, with some touches of deeper rose and red. If you want to hold your own party, menu options are below.
There’s also a National Pink Day on June 23rd, so we’ve included some summery dishes.
You can make anything more pink with beet juice, red food color or rosy accents like pomegranate arils, raspberries and strawberries. You can make sauces and soups pinker with a touch of crème fraîche, mascarpone, sour cream, or plain yogurt.
You are encouraged to wear something pink to the party. Owning nothing pink, we’re donning pink nail polish.
PINK PARTY MENU
PINK & RED COCKTAILS
Champagne cocktail with pink sparkling wine
Pink Champagne and strawberry punch
Pink sparkling wine (Yellowtail and Martini are great values)
Cranberry or pomegranate juice spritzers (with white wine) or mocktails
Vodka and pink lemonade
PINK & RED WINES
There are scores and scores of other pink cocktails—just search online.
 Lobster bisque. You can serve soup shooters on a buffet (photo © Mackenzie Ltd).
 Pink crudités (photo © Sid Wainer & Son).
RED & PINK APPETIZERS
Bruschetta with strawberry-basil or tomato topping
Crudités: red bell peppers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, red Belgian endive, etc., with spicy pink dip (recipe below); you can include some celery, fennel or other pale vegetables for variety
Goat cheese log rolled in pink peppercorns
Hot dogs in jelly-mustard dip
Pink deviled eggs (soak peeled whole eggs in beet juice or food color)
Poached shrimp with cocktail sauce
Red pepper dip
Shrimp spread with crackers
Shrimp tea sandwiches
Smoked salmon or gravlax platter
Smoked salmon pinwheels or tea sandwiches
Smoked salmon rillettes
Strawberry bruschetta (recipe)
Taramasalata (Greek caviar dip) with crackers or party breads
Tuna sushi and spicy tuna rolls
 Think pink with poached salmon (photo © Pom Wonderful).
PINK & RED BUFFET
PROTEINS & OTHER MAINS
Pasta in pink sauce
Rare beef (we’re poaching a filet mignon)
Shrimp & strawberry salad (recipe in footnote* below)
Steak tartare or tuna tartare
Beet salad or pickled beets
Cherry tomato salad
Radicchio and radish salad with pickled red onions
PINK & RED SIDES
*Combine 3 cups cooked rice, 1/2 pound cooked, sliced shrimp and 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery in a large bowl. Make dressing with 2/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup strawberry yogurt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and salt to taste. Dress the salad and then fold in 1-1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries. Chill and serve on a bed of greens.
PINK & RED SOUPS
Borscht (you can turn it from red to pink with sour cream)
Cream of tomato soup
Lobster or shrimp bisque
Red bell pepper purée
Tomato or watermelon gazpacho
Fresh strawberries and raspberries
Pears poached in red wine
Pink frosted cake or cake pops
Pink ice pops (freeze your own from cherry or pomegranate juice)
Raspberry or strawberry mousse
Red velvet cake, cupcakes, donuts, ice cream
Strawberry ice cream/cupcakes
Strawberry milkshake shooters
Watermelon: granita or fruit salad
PINK & RED DESSERTS
RECIPE: SPICY PINK DRESSING OR DIP
2 cups mayonnaise (full fat)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup sherry wine (not cooking sherry)
1 tablespoon dried tarragon, finely crushed or 1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce sauce, or to taste
2-3 drops red food coloring or beet juice
1. MIX mayonnaise, sour cream, sherry, tarragon, garlic powder and hot sauce until well blended.
2. ADD a few drops of food coloring to desired shade of pink. If the dressing is too thick, you can thin it with a small amount of milk. Chill well before serving.
Recipe courtesy Food.com.
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