12 effortless entertaining recipes
Check out our lighter, nourishing recipes for easy yet impressive entertaining, from roast spatchcock chicken and steamed sea bass to herby chimichurri salad
Looking for easy, effortless recipes fit for entertaining? Try our nourishing dishes including roast spatchcock chicken, whole steamed sea bass or celeriac chimichurri salad. Tuck into a cosy dessert with one of our easy dessert recipes and pair your feast with one of our dessert cocktail recipes.
For more easy entertaining recipes, check out our effortless summer dinner party ideas.
Effortless entertaining recipes
Baked feta with roasted grapes and rosemary
With zero prep time required on the day, this simple starter of baked feta with roasted grapes and rosemary makes a fail-safe dinner party starter.
Hot smoked salmon, gnocchi and spinach bake
This impressive main cuts corners with ready-made gnocchi and frozen spinach – simply prep the day before then slide into the oven when you're ready to eat.
Spatchcock chicken traybake
Harissa-coated roast chicken meets with crispy chorizo and caramelised orange to make a winning one-tin dinner. Stir the wholegrain basmati rice and spinach through the resting chicken juices and oil from the tray, and tuck in.
Spring chicken pie
Use a few cheat’s ingredients to make this comforting chicken and leek pie – perfect if you’re after a filling meal to make ahead of time.
Prawns pil pil
Plump prawns in a deliciously garlicky, spicy oil – a simple recipe that’s perfect for entertaining.
Our cheat’s version of cardamom buns uses bread mix as a genius shortcut – just add butter and spices for the ultimate swirl bun.
Steamed sea bass with soy
Entertain the easy way by serving this steamed sea bass whole, meaning less prep yet offering impressive results. Cooking en papillote means the fish delicately steams to perfection and you don’t have to stand over it fussing.
Celeriac chimichurri salad
This herby salad cuts corners by using pre-cooked puy lentils and chucking a handful of ingredients into a processor to make a piquant chimichurri dressing.
Crudités with chipotle aïoli
This crudité dish requires minimal effort, but the results are impressive – perfect for bringing out at dinner parties over the summer.
Burrata and tomato salad
This salad requires minimal effort, but looks impressive – simply pair creamy burrata and sweet, ripe tomatoes with a punchy dressing of olive brine, lemon and black pepper.
Raspberry chocolate pots
Double cream, raspberries and dark chocolate are all you need to make this silky and decadent pud – a restaurant-level dessert with minimal prep required.
Brioche ice cream sandwiches
Fill shop-bought brioche buns with velvety ice cream for an easy yet crowd-pleasing sweet treat.
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