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Salt-baked lamb shanks

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(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 minutes
For the keen cook

Butternut chilli

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(5 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 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Baked sea bass with lemon caper dressing

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(3 ratings)
This elegant, gluten-free main is special enough for a dinner party, yet simple and quick to make for no fuss entertaining
20 minutes
Easy

Seafood paella

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(2 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 minutes
Moderately easy

Grilled miso salmon with rice noodles

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(4 ratings)
Glaze succulent salmon fillets, then serve on a bed of noodles and beansprouts for an easy and quick dinner party main
35 minutes
Easy

One-pan duck with Savoy cabbage

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(37 ratings)
Duck breast is perfect for entertaining - it's easy to cook, readily available, yet not something you eat every day
40 minutes
Easy

Greek lamb with potatoes & olives

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(28 ratings)
Entertain the easy way with this quick-to-prepare rustic one-pot - just serve with crusty bread
1 hour and 30 minutes
Easy

Beef bourguignon

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(145 ratings)
This sumptuous, step-by-step recipe for slow-cooked stew from Gordon Ramsay makes a great winter supper
3 hours and 35 minutes
Easy

Fish pie with saffron mash

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(32 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 minutes
Moderately easy

Braised lamb shanks

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(39 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 minutes
Moderately easy

Flambéed chicken with asparagus

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(98 ratings)
An elegant spring dinner party dish that looks and tastes very special. Perfect with new potatoes
50 minutes
For the keen cook

Creamy chicken & pumpkin

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

Salmon coulibiac

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(18 ratings)
This majestic fish pie makes a brilliant dinner party centrepiece which can be prepared ahead
3 hours
Moderately easy

Parmesan-roasted potatoes

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(42 ratings)
These are a great addition to Christmas dinner, and perfect for Boxing Day bubble and squeak... if you have any left over
1 hour
Easy
Vegetarian

Squash, ricotta & sage pasta bake

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(31 ratings)
An impressive but simple veggie main course - perfect with a green salad on the side
1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Mustard-stuffed chicken

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(425 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 minutes
Easy

One-pan salmon with roast asparagus

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(211 ratings)
For an easy side dish to complement a spring roast, just cook this recipe without the salmon
1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy

Pan-fried chicken in mushroom sauce

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(196 ratings)
Creamy chicken and mushroom dish - a fabulous French seasonal recipe
1 hour and 45 minutes
Moderately easy

Goat's cheese & thyme stuffed chicken

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(103 ratings)
The chicken, goat’s cheese and bacon combo is totally delicious, and the veg adds a welcome sweetness. Serve with a few steamed Jersey Royals
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy

Roast duck legs with red wine sauce

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(66 ratings)
It's almost impossible to overcook duck legs - so try this rich, slow-roasted dish
1 hour and 20 minutes
Easy

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