Chocolate hazelnut ice cream cheesecake slices topped with chopped hazelnuts

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45 Recipes

Impress your guests with our deceptively simple showstoppers and sharing platters, so you spend less time in the kitchen and more with the party!

Lamb with warm potato & olive salad

0

(0 ratings)

This restaurant-standard dish is simple to make but worthy of any dinner party. Cooking the lamb this way stops it drying out and gives it a subtle flavour
  • 55 mins
  • Easy

Nettle spanakopita

5

(2 ratings)

Using nettles instead of spinach gives the classic spanakopita a spring time twist. Young nettles are a sweet, nutritious and free alternative to spinach
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Cocktail blinis

5

(2 ratings)

These dainty little Eastern European pancakes have a distinctive flavour and are party perfect. Finish with two toppings - beetroot and quail's egg, and smoked salmon pâté - for a creative canapé...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Lime semifreddo cheesecake

5

(8 ratings)

This attractive frozen dessert can be made ahead and frozen for up to 3 months - perfect to get ahead for a Christmas dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Spiced roast side of salmon

4.64706

(17 ratings)

Serve salmon with paprika, ginger and honey mustard glaze for an Indian-inspired, original roast
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Raspberry brûlée

5

(1 rating)

Celebrate raspberry season with this take on crème brûlée. The sharp tang of this red fruit cuts through a rich custard base for the perfect summer dessert
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Feed-a-crowd chunky beef chilli

3.5

(5 ratings)

The ultimate make-ahead dish, this chilli con carne can be frozen for up to 2 months - simply add more chillies to turn up the heat
  • 3 hours
  • Easy

Cauliflower croquettes

5

(1 rating)

Upgrade a comfort classic into a modern snack to nibble during drinks with friends. These delicious deep-fried cauliflower croquettes are seriously addictive
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rhubarb and ricotta bread & butter pudding

4.583335

(3 ratings)

This indulgent spring bread and butter pudding is full of seasonal rhubarb and rich ricotta, perfect for entertaining a crowd with a sweet tooth
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Pineapple & ginger Pavlova

5

(4 ratings)

Pile whipped cream and charred pineapple on a meringue base to create a stunning dinner party dessert which you can make ahead
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad

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(0 ratings)

A light salmon starter with a crisp salad and honey and mustard dressing. No cooking required, just gravadlax or smoked salmon plus fresh seasonal produce
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Salted caramel choc pots

3.604165

(24 ratings)

Combining sweet and salty flavours really works when chocolate and toffee is involved - best served in individual portions
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Courgette fritters

4.134615

(13 ratings)

Grate your courgette and add to a pancake batter then fry up these mini veggie patties with chilli dip
  • 16 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lychee & rosewater ice cream

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(0 ratings)

This refreshing lychee ice cream with a delicate rosewater flavour is the perfect showstopping dinner party dessert, with popping candy for added theatre
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Whey chocolate mousse

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This delectable chocolate mousse is made with protein-rich whey and double cream for a simple, decadent dessert you can make with just four ingredients
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Lemon meringue fridge cake

4.6875

(4 ratings)

This tangy dessert looks impressive but takes very little effort – most of the ingredients are ready-made, so it is simply a matter of construction...
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

5

(4 ratings)

Quality produce makes this dish, Charentais melon, heirloom tomatoes and salty prosciutto marry beautifully. Ideal as a sharing platter starter for a summer dinner party
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Dark chocolate & cherry bar

5

(2 ratings)

This impressive looking dessert is a chocolate lover's dream and no one will guess it uses just four ingredients...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Sausage & bean casserole

4.565215

(115 ratings)

A comforting and hearty one-pot sausage stew with chorizo, smoked paprika and plenty of vegetables
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • Easy

Triple cheese & bacon Dauphinoise

5

(2 ratings)

Smoked bacon and a triple hit of gooey, melted cheese takes this classic dish of layered potatoes and double cream to the next level of indulgence - a showstopping side for a dinner party
  • 2 hours and 5 mins
  • Easy

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