What is the best food to serve at a dinner party? Hot food. But the second best kind is: tasty. Gather your friends and take your dinner party game to the next level with these crowd-pleasing, easy dinner party mains. Impress without the stress with our collection of simple yet stunning dinner party recipes designed to cater to a group of friends, family, and everyone in between. These casual dinner party menu ideas will have you feeling hungry. And hopefully inspired. We're here to help you unlock the key to a memorable dinner party by focusing on the star of the show – the food. Duh. If you're seeking inspiration and stuck for dinner party ideas, look no further. Our delicious dinner party recipes and make-ahead dinner party main course recipes are here to spark creativity and make your next gathering one to remember. Or, with enough booze, one to forget apart from a few fond memories of the chicken piccata. Discover how to master the art of hosting with these delicious dinner party recipes that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests.
Mob's Easy Dinner Party Recipes
Salt-Baked Sea Bass
One for a special occasion. Perfectly tender, flaky fish with delicious caramelised potatoes and garlicky kale.
Roasted Peppers with Spinach Yoghurt, Fried Onions and Walnuts
A delicious and wholesome centrepiece, perfect for a dinner party if you wanna wow your guests. All the flavours, this one really hits the spot. Xien x
Prawn & 'Nduja Risotto
This risotto is super indulgent and a perfect dinner party dish. Cirio passata is the stage for the prawns and 'nduja to shine. It's a ripper.
Duck Ragu with Zesty Breadcrumbs
This recipe is inspired by an old Venetian style duck ragu, flavoured with cinnamon and topped with crunchy orange breadcrumbs.
Grilled Cucumber Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Lemon Dressing
Grilling cucumber makes it smoky and juicy. A zingy preserved lemon dressing, sweet roasted peppers and some salty feta rounds it all out. Jordon x
Smoky Aubergine with Pistachio Ricotta
Use the Weber Crafted Roasting Basket to get the aubergines soft and smoky. Top with creamy pistachio ricotta and crunchy breadcrumbs for a veggie BBQ staple.
Harissa Chicken Skewers & Zesty Yoghurt Slaw
The key to perfectly tender, flavourful chicken skewers? Yeo Valley Organic Natural Yogurt. Marinated in the yog and teamed with a cucumber slaw. Delicious.
Sausage And Green Olive Paccheri
Like a white pizza? Then you’ll love this pasta. Sausage and green olive paccheri. Bosh.
Chocolate Fondant Cake
For a classic chocolate fondant, you need ramekins. We took the recipe for the perfect melt-in-the-middle dessert and made it in a roasting tin. You're welcome.
Basil Chicken Skewers with Mango Salad
A lovely summer BBQ recipe. Tender chicken skewers marinated in a few key ingredients served with a fresh mint mango salad that'll make your mouth water. Xien x
Spicy Feta Dip With Crispy Herbs
This might be the easiest recipe I’ve written, just lob 5 things in a blender. You can top with fresh herbs, but frying them is a nice, and very pretty, touch.
Cavolo Nero & Wild Mushroom Risotto
We’ve added some extra greens to this risotto by throwing in cavolo nero – high in fibre and calcium – and finished it with garlicky mushrooms and Parmesan.
Sharing Steak With Black Pepper & Parmesan Butter
A big piece of meat to share is a great way to tackle cooking for a crowd. You could serve this with any flavoured butter, I love this one! B x
Teriyaki Aubergine with Whipped Tofu
The softest aubergines served with not one, but TWO delicious sauces. Silky whipped tofu for creaminess, glossy teriyaki for a sweet umami hit.
Hainanese e Olio Pasta
Aglio e olio with a twist. We've coated spaghetti in the ginger spring onion sauce that comes with Hainanese chicken. The result: Hainanese e olio pasta.
Iraqi Lamb Dolma
A one-pot wonder from Philip Juma. Stuffed onion shells, stuffed peppers, and vines leaves slow cooked in lemon juice, garlic and pomegranate molasses.
Sticky Sumac Lamb Kofte
Lamb kofte spiced with a delicious cumin seasoning and matched up with tahini yog, charred onions and a sticky sumac glaze. Summer, let's have ya.
Pan Roasted Courgettes With Anchovies, Capers & Lemons
We've crosshatched our courgettes here for optimum surface area caramelisation. Paired with anchovies, capers, and lemons? Out of bounds.
Tomato & Feta Gnocchi
Remember that feta pasta trend that went lockdown? We've made a riff on it using gnocchi, instead. An easy one-pan meal.
Lemony Olive Braised Chicken
A super-simple and super lemony chicken that’s based on one of our favourite dishes ever: preserved lemon and olive tagine.
Sticky Short Ribs With Herb & Peanut Rice
Unctuous and sticky short ribs with a fresh salad and the most addictive peanut dusting. This one's special, folks.
Harissa Cod & Chickpeas
You only need six ingredients to make this easy recipe for harissa cod and chickpeas. It's spicy and incredibly satisfying.
Sticky Harissa Onion Linguine With Dukkah Breadcrumbs
This vegetarian pasta recipe is sticky, spicy and silky. Oh, and it's jammy, carby and crispy, too. This is an all-timer.
A classic beef stroganoff recipe. This family favourite will have everyone happy at the dinner table. Rich, luxurious, and the right level of hearty.
Creamy Cauliflower & Coconutty Lentils
This creamy sauce is almost a dal that’s blended until smooth, then layered up with roasted cauliflower and its crispy leaves, pickled onions, almonds and chilli. It’s a high protein, high fibre meal with big flavours and textures.
Loaded Veggie Quesadillas
The perfect dinner party dish. Cheesy. Veggie. Crunchy. The whole 9 yards.
Espresso and Chocolate Mousse
This dreamy espresso and chocolate mousse is easy enough for a weeknight treat but decadent enough for any dinner party.
Puttanesca-Style Focaccia Pizza
A dead simple focaccia pizza that we've topped with a puttanesca-inspired topping, perfect for a dinner party with Spotify.
Baklava Cheesecake Pots
An easy, baklava-inspired dessert that's perfect for your next dinner party. Prep them ahead of time for minimal faff.
Sticky Pork Noodle Bowls
An Asian twist on the classic. Tangy, fragrant meatballs on a bed of soft rice noodles. A real winner at a dinner party.
Homemade Labneh With Spicy Olive Butter
This spicy and olive-heavy labneh is the perfect dinner party dip. Never made homemade labneh before? Your life is about to change.
Leek, Tulum & Caraway Börek
This börek recipe was created by Sertaç Dirik, head chef of Mangal 2. It's a wizard dish to make at your next dinner party.
Garlicky Beans & Quorn Sausages With Salmoriglio
This veggie dish screams comfort. Creamy beans topped with the fantastic Quorn Vegetarian Sausages and a tangy salmoriglio to cut through all the richness.
Sticky Soy Maple Ribs with Lime Cashew Slaw
Weeknight ribs done right. Using the Russell Hobbs SatisFry Air & Grill cuts your time in half with this simple, sticky recipe. Easy air fryer ribs.
Chicken Legs With Burnt Courgette & Tomato Salad
Marinated, grilled chicken legs served with a beautiful salad of burnt courgettes, juicy summer tomatoes, cucumbers and red onion. Clean, summer cooking.
Slow Roast Lamb With Giant Couscous & Zhoug
A gently spiced, slow roasted shoulder of lamb with charred tomatoes, giant couscous and zhoug. A perfect dish to share around a table with friends.
Jalapeño & Coconut Chicken Thighs
This is sort of what you'd get if a coconut chutney and a chicken traybake had a baby. It’s deceptively simple to make and incredibly delicious.
Cavolo Nero & Za’atar Orzo With Marinated Feta
This is our take on the super vivid green pasta using cavolo nero or black Italian kale. Full of iron and vitamins, it makes a great change from pesto and we’ve added some marinated feta and za’atar for a flavour hit. Save the stalks and finely slice to use in a minestrone.
Gilda Fried Olives
Taking the iconic Gilda pintxo and turning it into the perfect sharing plate. Anchovy-stuffed olives, breaded and fried until crispy. Served with a mustard mayo and a chilled glass of dry Fino Sherry. Salty, briny and creamy.
One of the most loved winter dish in France, this simple tartiflette recipe is the ultimate comfort food. A classic French recipe.
Spicy Coconut Mussels
This is the best way of pimping those mussels you get in cardboard boxes from the supermarket. Cook them up with a spicy curry paste and coconut milk, and you’ll have an affordable yet bougie meal on your hands.
Hainanese Spatchcock Chicken
If you’ve tried this Hainanese ginger spring onion sauce, you already know why I have made an entire roast chicken recipe around it.
Garlic Pizza Bread
Ever thought of topping a pizza bread with a whole bulb of garlic? No? Well, let us introduce you to our garlic pizza bread recipe. Slow cooking the garlic in olive oil, makes them super soft and caramelised, without any of the bitterness or spice that you find in raw garlic, making them the perfect thing to cover a pizza with.