Dinner party Recipes
To host the perfect dinner party, pick from our dinner party ideas collection and you'll impress family and friends.
Start your dinner party off in style with one of our fabulous starter recipes. Mozzarella and anchovy bruschette are really easy to make but full of flavour or something smarter, scallops on pea puree with parmesan crumbs is a really impressive way to start your meal.
Once you've picked your starter, we've got plenty of mains for you to choose from. Whether you're looking for meat, fish or a vegetarian main, we've got something to suit you. For a special occasion, give our fillet steak with bubble and squeak cakes a go. It's an absolute delight of a main course - tender steak with and indulgent blue cheese butter!
If you're expecting a vegetarian or prefer to go meat-free at your dinner party, try our spinach and mushroom filo tart or vegetarian moussaka, both full of flavour and with ingredients that sing.
And let's not forget the dessert. If you want to serve your dessert in individual portions, then our chocolate melting moments with clotted cream are ideal, plus they're a failsafe option as everyone loves chocolate. For a real showstopper, then try our passion fruit and mango meringue roulade - it's stunningly delicate and tastes exquisite too.
Find everything you'll need to host the perfect dinner party, whether it's a relaxed gathering for friends or a more formal meal for a special occasion. Of course, we all want to impress when it comes to creating a delicious dinner party menu but there's no shame in looking for easy dinner party recipes to mean you spend less time in the kitchen - and more time with your guests! These recipes, picked by our food team, have interesting twists and flavours to help you give your guests something they might not have tried before... and a dinner they'll remember!
To start, you could serve chilled avocado, cucumber and lime soup in pretty tea cups, make a glossy red onion tarte tartin to cut at the table or make a selection of homemade dips for a more informal approach, such as white bean and garlic served with salty tortilla chips.
And for dessert? We've selected easy make ahead recipes such as marsala and mascarpone syllabub, individual rhubarb and orange crumbles served in jam jars or a show-stopping chocolate and honeycomb torte. This impressive coffee panna cotta recipe has a flavour pairing that really works and is ready in just 25 minutes.
Our vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are clearly labeled in case you have anyone with a special diet coming round. There's something for everyone in our easy dinner party recipe collection, which we update regularly with brand new recipes and to reflect the new season.
Click through to see our easy dinner party recipes...
Delicious Dinner party recipes
Sweet potato rösti with goats' cheese makes a satisfying lunch, light supper or even a dinner party starter like you've never tried before
Does it get any better than an ice cold G&T to round off the week? We did a little research (selfless, we know) and found 5 ways to take a G&T to the next level
Chocolate truffles with espresso and sea salt are a really grown-up treat. They make a fab gift and can keep for up to 5 days in the fridge
Stuffed shoulder of lamb goes perfectly with heritage carrots and tarragon and the lemon zest and parsley give it a lovely fresh flavour. A lovely spring roast
Polenta, tomato and goats' cheese tartlets transform simple polenta into something magical. Make as a dinner party starter or simply as a snack
Jason Atherton's Bakewell tart is inspired by his early years in Sheffield, not far from Bakewell. This has a traditional raspberry jam filling, but you could also try gooseberry or damson jams
Mary Berry's chocolate marquise is a rich pudding that's perfect for a special occasion and it's handy as you can make it ahead and it can sit in the freezer ready to go
No bake white chocolate, lime and passion fruit cheesecake uses ricotta, which is a lighter option and gives a real creaminess to this delicious dessert
Beef stroganoff is a retro dish but a real favourite. Creamy and fragrant, it's ready in just 30 minutes and you even freeze a whole batch
Duck confit with pancetta lentils looks cheffy but it's super easy and just cooks itself. A real French classic that’s slow cooked to perfection
Try pot-roast guinea fowl instead of chicken for your Sunday roast. This dish will happily cook in the oven while you relax or get on with something else
Creamy, fragrant chicken massaman curry is a real crowd-pleaser. Really filling, it makes for a great midweek meal, or just as nice when you're entertaining
James Martin's spiced duck is perfectly complemented by umeboshi plums, which cut through the fat in the duck. An impressive dish for when you're entertaining
James Martin's glazed doughnut and homemade malted milk ice cream takes a bit of extra effort but is well worth the results for a perfectly spongy doughnut
James Martin's St Emilion macarons recipe is something a little different with macarons, combining chocolate and good red wine so make a gorgeous dinner party dessert
Dinner party recipe collections
Spanish tapas recipes to make at home, including Omar Allibhoy's spicy pork skewers, roasted pepper tortilla and chorizo patatas bravas
Easy dessert recipes that look impressive including rich, gooey brownies, no bake tarts, banoffee pots and plenty more
No party is complete without a selection of stunning canapés. Try our canapé recipes this weekend for the perfect party
Vegetarian starters that everyone can enjoy, including stuffed artichokes, a kirsch cheese fondue ti share and pea and apsragus open ravioli
Smoked salmon starter recipes are ideal for a dinner party or even for Christmas dinner, including smoked salmon on rye with caviar, mini smoked salmon pancakes and a smoked salmon tart
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Find low alcohol wines so you can enjoy a glass or two without a fuzzy head in the morning and as a way of keeping how much you're drinking in check
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