Rectangular dish with two chicken legs and potato gratin

Dinner party main recipes

62 Recipes

From easy crowd-pleasing recipes to more impressive dishes for special occasions, try our dinner party main course ideas for fuss-free entertaining.

Truffle chicken & potato gratin


(4 ratings)

Introduce a little luxury to a creamy chicken and potato gratin by adding truffle. A great comfort dish to serve in winter, or when you want something special
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Next level paella


(11 ratings)

Choose the freshest ingredients for a world-class paella with our ultimate recipe. Serve this classic Spanish seafood dish in the pan to impress your guests
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort

One-pot chicken chasseur


(397 ratings)

This French bistro classic is easy to make at home and fabulous with creamy mash or crusty bread
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • Easy

Roast cauliflower with caper dressing


(3 ratings)

Cooking cauliflower this way gives it a richness that's balanced by the dressing. A great side dish for a roast dinner and it also works as a vegetarian main...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lamb biryani


(33 ratings)

Make this classic Indian dish and ensure deliciously moist lamb with paneer, rice and spinach, all spiced to perfection. Great for casual entertaining
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Slow-roasted shoulder of lamb


(15 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

Hake with paprika oil potatoes


(2 ratings)

Let the subtle flavour and meaty texture of hake be the star of the show with just a little paprika oil to lift it. Ideal for an easy, light, romantic meal
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Mustard-stuffed chicken


(529 ratings)

This is so good we'd be surprised if this chicken fillet recipe doesn't become a firm favourite. Save it to your My Good Food collection and enjoy...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Orange-stuffed Christmas duck


(5 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


(19 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


(13 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

Smoked salmon & lemon risotto


(191 ratings)

Inspired by a risotto from London restaurant Ooze, smoked salmon may sound expensive for a midweek meal, but is no more costly than cooking with red meat
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Butternut chilli


(67 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

One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage


(49 ratings)

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


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