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!
It's easier than you might think to make this simple salmon en croute recipe stuffed with spinach and it's an extra special main course to share with friends.
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.
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.
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Delicious Dinner party recipes
Love having friends round for dinner, but always end up feeling a bit frazzled?! This list will help you get organised with fun ideas too
James Martin's melon and honeycomb cheesecake is a beautiful balance of flavours and the perfect dessert to round off a dinner party
James Martin's white chocolate pots with puff pastry fingers, wild strawberries and balsamic glaze look really cheffy and make perfect dinner party desserts
Chocolate truffle torte is so rich that it's more dessert than a cake and you'll only need a small slice. It looks just perfect topped with chocolate curls
Red velvet roulade takes red velvet cake to a new level, covered with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate curls and of course, gold edible glitter
Make the easiest desserts ever with dessert recipes that use three ingredients (or fewer!). They are quick and simple, with no fuss needed
Chorizo-stuffed squid with butter beans brings you a taste of the Mediterranean in a lovely slow cooked dinner that is perfectly tender and delicious
Nothing looks more impressive than this sea bass baked in salt. Plus, it tastes as delicious as it looks!
Curd cheesecake with fruit sauce is light as air and goes served with damson, plum or apricot sauce - whatever you can find that's in season
This strawberry fizz recipe couldn't be simpler made with fresh fruit, sparkling wine and Roses de Reims biscuits
Roast lamb stuffed with peppers and pine nuts is a new take on a classic roast dinner made with roasted red peppers and fragrant herbs and spices
Spiced Indian-style salmon is full of fragrant, punchy spices to make an easy but impressive dinner that serves 8
DIY raspberry Eton mess is one of the simplest desserts, as guests serve themselves to make their own desserts. This is ready in just 5 minutes
This strawberry tart recipe looks and tastes extremely decadent, but in fact the ricotta makes it very light
Make an impressive strawberry meringue tower stacked with 40 meringue kisses and fresh fruit for the ultimate summer dessert that works for a crowd
Dinner party recipe collections
Easy dessert recipes that look impressive including rich, gooey brownies, no bake tarts, banoffee pots and plenty more
Find the best wines in the supermarket with recommendations from wine expert Tim Atkin, as well as those named Great Value Champions by the International Wine Challenge
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
Find champagne for less and more fizz that doesn't cost a fortune with our edit of quality sparkling wines at high street prices
No party is complete without a selection of stunning canapés. Try our canapé recipes this weekend for the perfect party
Starter recipes to impress your guests, including fig and goats' cheese tarte tatin, tear and share bread with baked camembert and easy smoked salmon pate