Anniversary Party Ideas – Brits’ beloved recipes from Coronation Chicken to Battenberg Cake

Anniversary Party Ideas - Brits' beloved recipes from Coronation Chicken to Battenberg Cake

Thousands of Brits are planning to gather with family and friends this weekend to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – and no celebration is complete with a spread of food fit for a Royal.

Whether you’re organizing a street party with all the neighbors, a barbecue in the garden or even a stylish dinner with fizz and nibbles, you’re probably looking for inspiration. And as we celebrate our monarch’s incredible 70-year reign, it only seems right to bring out the Great British classics.

Shrimp Cocktail, Coronation Chicken, and Sausage Rolls are some of the savory treats you might want to whip up for a Jubilee-themed bash. For dessert, we found recipes for two of the country’s favorites: Battenberg and Jam Tart.


So put on your tie, put on your apron and off you go to the kitchen – here are five British party food ideas to get inspired for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Anniversary Kip

Coronation Chicken is a classic dish to serve at royal-themed events, as a sandwich filling or as your own dish. It is believed that Constance Spry, an English food writer, came up with the recipe and prepared it for the Queen’s coronation banquet in 1953.

It only seems fitting that the classic curry-flavored chicken dish is being re-served nearly 70 years later to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. BBC Good Food has come up with a recipe for Jubilee Chicken, a variation on Coronation Chicken, with the addition of apple, walnuts and pomegranate.

In addition to chicken, yogurt, and mayonnaise, you’ll need a variety of spices for this dish, including turmeric, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Your chicken should be roasted in the oven for about 2 hours before mixing together the rest of your salad ingredients.

A full list of ingredients and how to prepare Jubilee Chicken can be found here.

Cheddar and Pickled Onion Sausage Sandwiches

A good British party dish just isn’t complete without sausage rolls. While it can be tempting to hit the shops to fill up your stomach, nothing beats homemade — especially when served hot fresh from the oven.

Sainsbury’s Magazine has a sausage roll recipe that combines all the flavors of a Great British Plowman’s, making it perfect for the Queen’s Jubilee. In addition, the puff pastry can be bought ready-made, which saves time in the kitchen.

Other ingredients you’ll need are some Cumberland pork sausage, matured cheddar cheese, pickled onions, some brown sauce, and an egg. Once cooked, the buns will be golden brown in color and deliciously flaky.

You can find Angela Boggiano’s recipe for sausage rolls with cheddar and picked onions here.

Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Cups

Shrimp cocktail is another classic aperitif loved by Brits. These elegant salad bowls would make the perfect canape for an anniversary celebration.

Iceland has an easy recipe that you put together in no time – but that adds a pop of color to your Royal spread. Iceberg lettuce, king prawns and a simple Marie Rose sauce consisting of mayo, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice are the main ingredients.

The addition of avocado, red onion, pepper and a little smoked paprika completes the dish.

The full method can be found here.

Battenberg Cake

If you really want to impress your friends and family, making a classic Battenberg cake is definitely the way to go. The checkerboard effect makes the sweet treat look almost too pretty to eat.

While the recipe is simple enough to follow, it takes patience and precision to get your squares lined up perfectly. But it’s worth it for the final product.

Delicious Magazine has a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process. After you’ve baked your two different colored sponges, assemble your cake with layers of apricot jam in between before finally wrapping it in the traditional marzipan coating.

This recipe may not be for beginners, but if you can pull it off, you’ll be the talk of the party.

You can find the full recipe here.

Giant Jam Pie

An easier dessert option would be a Giant Jam Tart – a super-sized version of the classic British bake. Waitrose’s offerings even have a Union Flag design on it, making it perfect for a pudding piece.

Mini jam tarts are a popular afternoon tea offering, but with such a big party to celebrate this weekend, it makes perfect sense to give the traditional tart a patriotic makeover.

You are encouraged to make your own pastries and jams for these, but store-bought options can be used for anyone short on time. Served hot or cold with a dollop of crème frache, this dessert will have all your guests licking their lips.

Get the full recipe here.

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