Mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar

Best ever crowd pleaser recipes

Pleasing a crowd is easy with our delicious dishes that serve ten or can be doubled to serve a room full of people. Easy to whip up, put on the table and let everyone dig in

Cheesy garlic dough balls

Give our tear-and-share gooey cheese-filled dough balls a go at home with step-by-step help from the olive test kitchen. They’d make a great starter for the kids or something to kick off a laid back dinner party. See our platter recipe ideas for a dinner party spread.

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Cheesy garlic dough balls

Baked sweet mustard gammon with deli potato salad

A baked gammon or ham is one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd and this maple-glazed one can be eaten cold for days after.

Baked sweet mustard gammon with deli potato salad

Vincisgrassi (pasta baked with parma ham)

Vincisgrassi, a type of baked pasta, comes from the region of Le Marche in Italy. It’s attributed to both General Windischgrätz (who fought Napoleon at Ancona), and to princisgrassi (meaning fat for the prince). In either case it’s very rich – some versions being even richer with the addition of sweetbreads and a pasta dough made with vin santo or marsala.


Beef shin rendang

A great excuse for some Saturday night feasting between friends, this aromatic, slow-cooked beef curry makes enough to serve 12. If you find yourself with some leftovers then waste not want not because it’s freezable too

Beef shin rendang

Barbacoa lamb carnitas

These gluten free, slow-cooked lamb tortillas are great for a feast between friends. It’s easy to make and everyone can get stuck in and make their own.

Barbacoa lamb carnitas

Melanzane parmigiana

Make a batch of this Italian veggie classic to feed a crowd, or make two smaller dishes and freeze one for later. Plus, it’s gluten free


Classic cottage pie

This is our take on a classic cottage pie. With rich beef and creamy mash, it’s a long-standing family favourite and a good one to have in the freezer for emergencies!


Smoked aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Sabrina Ghayour’s recipe for sweet and smokey aubergine salad would make the perfect addition to a generous sharing spread. Infused with the flavours of Persia, it’s a little bit of middle-Eastern magic for you and your friends to enjoy

Smoked Aubergine and pepper salad with pomegranate molasses

Hot and smoky beef chilli

Best beef chilli fit for a crowd. Made with chipotle chilli and fresh green chilli this is both warming and with a kick. Serve with guacamole and rice.


Mix and match mac ‘n’ cheese bar

Put the mac ‘n’ cheese out with a serving spoon then put the toppings in little bowls and let everyone add their own. You’ll need to use your biggest baking dish for this or split it between 2 smaller ones

Mix and match mac 'n' cheese bar

Winter fish pie

A comforting white fish, smoked haddock, prawns and leek pie, topped with fluffy mash, that you can make in advance and freeze. A classic family dish special enough to serve to guests too.


Fall-apart vindaloo with red onion mint chutney

If you love curry, you’ll love this vindaloo. Originating from Goa, our version is easy, made with pork and full of authentic spices. Serve with rice and homemade mint chutney at a dinner party for friends.


Milk chocolate and malt mousse cake

Satisfyingly smooth and indulgent, this chocolatey malt mousse cake topped with crunchy salted pretzels is a perfect pudding to make for the holidays

Milk chocolate and malt mousse cake

Tres leches cake with rum and toasted coconut

Tres leches cake, translated from the Spanish as ‘three milks cake’, is a speciality of central and south America. Sponge is soaked in a mix of cream, condensed milk and evaporated milk. Although it may sound unusual, the soaked-sponge method is similar to a British trifle or Italian tiramisu. This cake keeps well, chilled in the fridge, for 2-3 days.

Tres leches cake

Baked raspberry cheesecake

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! A classic and really indulgent dessert, baked cheesecake is a crowd pleaser. The fresh raspberries on top cut through the rich body of the cheesecake.

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Banoffee pie

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it’s been one of our most popular recipes for years! Banoffee pie is a much loved family-favourite. This delicious dish is packed with banana, cream and an oaty-biscuit base, decorated with a drizzle of dark chocolate.