If there’s one thing we love more than anything in the world (besides cooking and eating in general), it’s hosting dinner parties. Yes! The type where you invite your closest family and friends to a sophisticated soirée complete with drinks, appetizers, main courses and more. It doesn’t get any better than that now, does it?
we just have Love all the hassle and preparation involved in planning a dinner party, but that doesn’t mean it has to be stressful! You can organize a fantastic evening without breaking a sweat, as long as you prepare simple but delicious dishes. And lucky for you, we’ve got over 40 dinner recipes for you to look through…
From Antipasto Bites to Buffalo Asparagus, Beef Bourguignon to Classic Stuffed Peppers, here are 40 of our favorite dinner party recipes, including appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts.
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Fresh tortellini makes this the savory appetizer of our dreams. If you’re not a fan of olives, pepperoncini peppers are a delicious substitute!
Get the recipe from Antipasto Bites.
Balsamic Steak Roll-Ups
Securing the roll-ups with toothpicks makes them MUCH easier to cook. Don’t forget to remove them when it’s time to serve!
Get the Balsamic Steak Roll-Ups recipe.
Nothing screams summer like bruschetta. Toasted bread is rubbed with garlic (don’t skip it, it’s the best part) and topped with simply marinated tomatoes. The brighter and juicier your tomatoes, the tastier your bruschetta will be.
Get the classic Bruschetta recipe.
Loaded Cheese Balls
Baby bella mushrooms are stuffed with garlic, spicy breadcrumbs, and lots of cheese. They make for an easy appetizer or a simple side dish. Fill them in advance and bake them when you’re done.
Get the recipe for stuffed mushrooms.
Don’t get us wrong: we love baked brie. But it’s not the most exciting party app. Fried brie, on the other hand, is absolutely INSANE.
Get the recipe from Fried Brie Bites
Classic lasagna is one thing, but bite-sized lasagna pieces? That is something completely different!
Get the recipe Lasagna Bites.
Mac & Cheese pizza snacks
Held together by pepperoni, these mac and cheese bites are every pizza lover’s dream. Creamy mac, pepperoni and lots of Parmesan cheese. What’s not to love?
Get the Mac & Cheese Pizza Bites recipe.
Parmesan Cauliflower Bites
Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites
These little guys are scary addictive. Just as the zucchini softens, the cheese becomes floury and delicious.
Get Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites recipe.
Garlicky Steak & Mushroom Bites
The marinade is made with ingredients you probably already have at home. And while the meat does benefit from lingering in the mixture for a while, as long as you give it some time to hang out, it will take the flavor.
Get the recipe for Garlicky Steak & Mushroom Bites.
Artichoke & Pea Risotto
For even better flavor, use grilled artichoke hearts if you can find them. Lemon and basil elevate all the flavors beautifully in this dish.
Get the recipe for artichoke and peas risotto.
By brushing the pork belly slices with the Char Siu sauce and grilling it three times, you not only guarantee plenty of flavor, but the sauce helps re-moisten the pork under the grill between sessions for maximum caramelization and knotty, sticky goodness.
Get the Char Siu Pork Belly recipe.
Couscous And Pomegranate Salad With Orange Dressing
Smoked Haddock Orzotto
We’re not kidding when we say this takes 10 minutes. The fastest “risotto” you’ll ever make thanks to swapping risotto rice for orzo.
Download the recipe of Orzotto with smoked haddock.
BBQ Sriracha Butter Asparagus
Hot sauce butter combined with garlic and lemony goodness makes this one of our favorite ways to cook asparagus.
Get the BBQ Sriracha Butter Asparagus recipe.
If you are someone who is afraid to cook seafood at home, cod is the fish for you. It’s basically impossible to mess up: it cooks quickly, is hard to overcook (unless you really forget), and is easy to flavor however you like.
Get the perfect baked cod recipe.
When done right, homemade beef bourguignon is a labor of love. It’s definitely not a quick weeknight dinner. BUT, that doesn’t mean it’s hard.
Get the recipe for the boeuf bourguignon.
Braised Chicken Thighs
These braised chicken thighs are no joke. They are super flavorful, fall off the bone and luckily you only need ONE pan to make them!
Get the recipe for braised chicken thighs.
Tomatoes cooked in balsamic vinegar are the perfect sweet and sour accompaniment to this cheesy chicken.
Get the recipe for Caprese Chicken.
This easy chicken dinner will be your weeknight go-to.
Download the chicken cacciatore recipe.
If you’re looking for something comforting and low-carb, nothing fits better than a good carbonara. This version adds a little protein through sautéed chicken breasts, making it the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Get the Chicken Carbonara recipe.
Buffalo asparagus with blue cheese dip
This is a brilliant beginner recipe as it requires very few seasonings; garlic and ginger provide the personality and fresh green chillies bring the heat.
Get the Chicken Karahi recipe.
Classic Stuffed Peppers
The paprika is an excellent vessel for filling meat, rice and of course cheese. It’s strong enough to hold its shape in the oven and the flavor is subtle enough to go with just about anything. This is our favorite recipe, but the customization options are: endless†
Get the recipe for classic stuffed peppers.
Chorizo & Cod Traybake
This easy chorizo and cod casserole is so delicious. The added extra step of the spice crumb is crucial in my opinion. Dipped in the chorizo oil, this cod adds an extra layer of deliciousness.
Get the Chorizo & Cod Traybake recipe.
This recipe doubles as a blueprint for your own delicious chicken thigh creation! Switch up the citrus and spices, add your favorite dry herbs, or load it up with tons of garlic, shallots, or onions, if that’s your style.
Get the recipe for baked chicken thighs.
Don’t write off making a tagine if you don’t have a tagine jar. We made ours in a Dutch oven and it comes out perfect! The lamb simmers until it’s completely tender, while your kitchen smells like a chic Moroccan restaurant.
Get the Moroccan lamb tagine recipe.
Lemony Asparagus Pasta
The key to preparing this dish is to cook the asparagus until the tips are crisp and the stems are slightly blistered. The light char adds a whole other dimension to the tantalizing taste of this vegetable.
Get the recipe for Lemony Aspergus Pasta.
Go slow with the eggplant. You don’t want to overcrowd or burn the pan. You want to cook it gently in plenty of oil so that they turn deep golden brown and slightly crispy all over. Just don’t try to eat them all before they’re incorporated into the pasta!
Get the Pasta Alla Norma recipe.
Pork stroganoff is such an easy, flavorful dinner to make. Using pork fillet is perfect because it is so tender and very easy to cook with. Load your stroganoff with mushrooms, mustard and sherry for the most delicious meal.
Get the Pork Stroganoff Recipe.
Slow Cooker Red Wine Beef Stew
Tomato & Anchovy Pasta
Adding anchovies to all kinds of dishes automatically creates a rich, salty taste. And this comforting tomato pasta dish is no exception.
Download the tomato and anchovy pasta recipe.
Here we swapped the meat for lentils to make it an even heartier vegetarian dish. It has a creamy béchamel sauce that goes on top, making this dish the comfort food it is.
Get the Vegetarian Moussaka Recipe.
We love, love, love coffee cake. Coffee gives such great richness to sponge, and this espresso martini cake is no exception. I mean, adding Kahlua to a sponge mixture, what more could you want?
Download the Espresso Martini Cake recipe.
Chocolate covered strawberries
Eton Mess is a classic, not to mention one of our all-time favorite desserts. So we just had to come up with our own recipe, but this time we added a boozy twist.
Get the Pimm’s Eton Mess recipe.
Not only does it take five minutes to make, we’ve also added limoncello for a much-needed boozy boost that pairs perfectly with the sweet tangy flavors in this pie.
Get the recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie.
Espresso Martini ice cream
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