Rectangular dish with two chicken legs and potato gratin

Dinner party main recipes

63 Recipes

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

7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 25 mins
Easy
15 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 30 mins
More effort
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159 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Ever-versatile salmon is as popular on our shopping lists as chicken. Make the most of it with this impressive recipe

15 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cook goose glazed in honey and spices for an alternative to turkey this Christmas. Serve with herby confit potatoes

4 hrs
More effort
Gluten-free
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Impress dinner guests with these lightly spiced lamb chops served on a bed of broad bean pesto. Serve with fennel fronds, a drizzle of olive oil and lemon

1 hr
More effort
Gluten-free
459 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This French bistro classic is easy to make at home and fabulous with creamy mash or crusty bread

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
4 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Get the spiced lamb and new potatoes cooking straight away while you do the rest of the prep. This speedy dinner is delicious with a salted tomato salad

25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

The Spanish-style stuffing in this roast chicken dish is packed with flavour and even more so if you make it ahead of time

2 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Blue cheese and chicory is a classic combination that defines this Tatin-style tart, with hazelnuts added for extra crunch. Perfect for entertaining

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
67 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

1 hr
Easy
24 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Perfectly marinated meat that melts in the mouth is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Cook this roast for five hours, rest, then sprinkle with zesty gremolata

5 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

If you're cooking to impress, up your game with Tom's perfect poultry dish for a sensational, seasonal supper for two

2 hrs and 40 mins
More effort
5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
591 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

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
6 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Duck with an orange glaze is an unbeatable combination, this mouthwatering main course is a festive feast for two

1 hr and 50 mins
More effort
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star 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 hrs and 15 mins
A challenge
Vegetarian
31 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 10 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
21 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs and 50 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
235 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Small whole fish like lemon or Dover sole make perfect individual portions in this special seafood supper for two

25 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
89 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This Mexican stew is hearty enough to satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters, with butternut squash, black beans and juicy tomatoes

1 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
66 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

This elegant, gluten-free main is special enough for a dinner party, yet simple and quick to make for no fuss entertaining

20 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
30 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Glaze succulent salmon fillets, then serve on a bed of noodles and beansprouts for an easy and quick dinner party main

35 mins
Easy
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