Pot-roast pheasant with pearl barley & stuffed onions

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46 Recipes

Special dishes for a sparkling dinner party.

Butternut, chestnut & lentil cake


(1 rating)

This stunning cake is a modern take on the classic nut roast, and the ideal vegan centrepiece, accompanied by all the usual trimmings
  • 2 hours and 30 mins
  • A challenge
  • Healthy

Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb


(0 ratings)

Perfectly marinated meat that melts in the mouth is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Cook this roast for 5 hours, rest, then sprinkle with zesty gremolata
  • 5 hours and 15 mins
  • Easy

Orange-stuffed Christmas duck


(2 ratings)

Duck with an orange glaze is an unbeatable combination, this mouthwatering main course is a festive feast for two
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • More effort

Spinach & ricotta rotolo


(1 rating)

Theo Randall shares his recipe for a classic Italian dish that transforms homemade pasta into something special - our step-by-step instructions make it easy to follow
  • 2 hours and 15 mins
  • A challenge
  • Vegetarian

Spiced aubergine bake


(3 ratings)

This is vegan comfort food at its best - layer up slices of aubergine with a spicy coconut milk and tomato sauce for a hearty, warming meal
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Slow-roast pork shoulder


(6 ratings)

This smoky, melt-in-the-mouth main course is slow-cooked for several hours, making it ideal for a Bonfire Night feast after the fireworks
  • 6 hours and 50 mins
  • More effort

Salt-baked lamb shanks


(0 ratings)

Slow roast lamb shanks in a salt-dough crust and impress your dinner party guests with tender, succulent meat
  • 4 hours and 45 mins
  • A challenge

Butternut chilli


(22 ratings)

This Mexican stew is hearty enough to satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters, with butternut squash, black beans and juicy tomatoes
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Seafood paella


(6 ratings)

This impressive Spanish one pot, with monkfish, king prawns and mussels, is perfect for feeding a crowd at a dinner party
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • More effort

One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage


(40 ratings)

Duck breast is perfect for entertaining - it's easy to cook, readily available, yet not something you eat every day
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Beef bourguignon


(150 ratings)

This sumptuous, step-by-step recipe for slow-cooked stew from Gordon Ramsay makes a great winter supper
  • 3 hours and 35 mins
  • Easy

Fish pie with saffron mash


(35 ratings)

A great dinner party dish. This can be made ahead and frozen so there's always something ready to entertain guests
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort

Braised lamb shanks


(48 ratings)

Lamb shanks are good value, and as each one is a portion, serving is a cinch. You can braise the shanks up to two days ahead
  • 2 hours and 40 mins
  • More effort

Creamy chicken & pumpkin


(29 ratings)

Prepare this delicious chicken and pumpkin dish the day before and just pop in the oven as your guests arrive.
  • 2 hours
  • Easy