10 Easy Dinner Party Recipes October 4, 2016

by Trisha Our Cooking tools

I chose these easy dinner party recipes recipes because whether you’re having a casual gathering or  a swanky dinner party, these dishes are easy, impressive and quick to make. Oh and did I mention delicious? With dishes from around the world to vegetarian feasts, there’s something for everyone and you’ll be able to make these without getting the least bit flustered! If you like these, then you should try our dinner party starters, too.


1. Spiced Pork with Creamy Lentils and Nigella Chapatis

Takes 35 minutes

André has whipped up this great winter warmer to get you through the darkest of evenings. The fiery Malay spiced pork is tempered with creamy, filling lentils. He has even topped it off with super quick nigella seed flavoured chapatis – a taste sensation!
Healthy Noodle Broth

2. Pan-Fried Limey Chicken with Healthy Noodle Broth

Takes 30 mins

This broth is both full of delicious flavours and also pretty damn healthy. Cooking the chicken in a pan on high heat before popping it in the oven caramelises the outside to make it extra yummy – something that will leave your guests speechless. It’s a great recipe for Autumn and Winter dinner parties!

orzotto recipe

3. Courgette, Broad Bean and Feta Orzotto with Pork Meatballs

Takes 30 minutes

Your guests may have had risotto before, but have they had orzotto? We doubt it! This is one of our favourite easy dinner party recipes and if you need a helping hand, our chef Mimi cooked this live on Facebook with lots of helpful tips and you can watch the video here to get some tips before you cook it! This is the perfect hearty meal for an autumn dinner party.

Greek Ragu with Almond, Aubergine and Basil Couscous

4. Greek Ragu with Almond, Aubergine and Basil Couscous (v)

Takes 35 minutes

The ancient Greeks are famed for their spectacular mythology, their gods and goddesses and their epic storytelling. But we think their ragu is one of their lesser known treasures. The gentle, warm tang of our tomatoes blends like a charm with ground almonds and aubergines. And when you add the herby basil couscous into the mix … well – take our word for it, your guests will be blown away!

Chicken Dosa Pancake with Sticky Mango Chutney and Cooling Raita

5. Chicken Dosa Pancake with Sticky Mango Chutney and Cooling Raita

Takes 40 minutes

There’s nothing like a bit of South Indian cuisines to get those tastebuds tingling. A dinner party is all about giving your guests a new experience. At most, they may have tried a chicken dosa from their local Indian restaurant, but we doubt they’d have made it at home. Show them what you’re made of with our easy chicken dosa recipe. This easy dinner party recipe is served with sweet sticky mango chutney and lovely yoghurt raita.

Balsamic Steak with Red Cabbage and Potato Wedges

6. Balsamic Steak with Red Cabbage and Potato Wedges

Takes 35 Minutes

In chef Mimi’s house, steak is worth its weight in gold along with horse racing and chocolate. The thing is her whole family loves their steak super rare, or blue as the French say. So much so, that her mum doesn’t even really know how to cook a steak well done! But don’t worry, if you want to cook steak for your dinner party guests and they all like it cooked in a different way – check out our Chef Andre’s video tutorial on how to cook steak and you’ll be a pro in no time.

easy dinner party recipes

7. Roasted Curried Parsnips with Cumin Quinoa Pilaf and Pomegranate Seeds (v)

Takes 35 minutes

This vegetarian parsnip delight is not only layered with different textures – crunchy, soft and juicy – it’s also jam packed with different flavours from tangy pomegranate to rich cumin. Impress your vegetarian dinner guests with something much more exciting than the normal mac and cheese! If you want a bit of help, our lovely nutritional chef Victoria cooked this live on our Facebook page a couple of weeks ago – so why not have a watch before you start  cooking? Enjoy!


Moroccan Spiced Cod Parcel with Fragrant Couscous and Orange Dressing

8. Moroccan Spiced Cod Parcel with Fragrant Couscous and Orange Dressing

Takes 45 minutes

Moroccan food from Tagine to tabbouleh has been growing in popularity in the UK. So, now it’s time for you to give it a go at home. The aromatic flavours of this dish work so well together… you’re guests will be asking you what’s in it until the cows come home.

Tuscan Pappardelle with Rich Fennel Pork Ragu recipe

9. Tuscan Pappardelle with Rich Fennel Pork Ragu

Takes 30 minutes

If you’re hosting a more relaxed dinner party but you still want to impress with something more than your normal spag bol – why not try pappardelle instead of spaghetti and a rich, herby pork rag? Our chef Patrick cooked this for our customers on Facebook a couple of weeks ago. You can watch him cook it  here before you do and get all the tricks!

Freddy’s Roasted Duck with Spiced Lentils and Caramelised Apples recipe

10. Freddy’s Roasted Duck with Spiced Lentils and Caramelised Apples

Takes 30 minutes

Duck is one of those meats  that people think of as a little bit fancy. But not only is it mighty easy to cook – and absolutely delightful with our caramelised apples – it will have that “oooh la la” effect on your guests.

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1 comment

Clare says:

I’m cooking for friends in a month so this post is perfect timing for me. 🙂 Not sure of numbers yet but about 4-8 people. My first choice is the Roasted Chicken with Pancetta and Herbed Lentils as I’ve cooked it before so I’ll be more confident. Two or three are vegetarians and comfortable with the rest of us eating meat.

Can you suggest an alternative to the chicken and pancetta for them? I was wondering about Halloumi but thought it would be a bit plain if I just grilled some or popped it in the oven, even with some thyme to mirror the chicken. Especially as we meat-eaters will have the pop of the pancetta as well.

If there’s not a straightforward alternative, I’ll probably go for the Greek Ragu with Almond, Aubergine and Basil Couscous. But I’m not so confident as I haven’t cooked it before and also seem to have variable results with aubergine: sometimes bitter.


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