The 2012 Summer Olympics are almost here! The best part? Having friends over to watch the opening ceremony. To kick off the festivities, we've put together our tastiest recipes for a London-inspired Olympics menu. Let the games begin!

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Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar

Turn your opening ceremony get-together into a hands-on fish fry with this menu, which celebrates all things English. Your main dish, of course, has to be fish and chips. Keep things easy by making the rest of your meal ahead of time, then let your guests help cook up this delicious British favorite. 

Pregame Warm-Up

Barbecue Pasties

Pasties, or meat pies, are an iconic British dish from Cornwall. This clever version uses barbecued pork as a filling and barbecue sauce as a dip. Make the pies beforehand and heat just before serving. Looking to save even more time? Skip the homemade dough and use refrigerated piecrust instead.

Gold Medal Dessert Ideas

Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries & Jam
Credit: Scott Little

This showstopping layer cake wears the colors of the British flag (the American flag, too!) and makes a nod to an English summer favorite, berries and cream. If you're going all out, add our pub-inspired shake for a new take on cake and ice cream.

A Dandy Drink

Ginger Beer Shandy

Drink like the English do and toast your team with an ice-cold shandy. This beer cocktail is typically half beer and half lemonade or ginger ale. For a special party touch, rim your beer glasses with finely chopped crystallized ginger.

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