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.
Effortless entertaining recipes
You can cook the leeks, grate the parmesan and make the toast ahead of time in this starter – making it a go-to recipe for entertaining guests.
Quick and easy paprika crisps and fennel crudités with a mojo verde dip can be ready in 10 minutes, perfect for last-minute entertaining.
Begin your day by enjoying a slice of yogurt sponge topped with a luscious swirl of brown sugar buttercream. The beauty of this cake is that it tastes even better the day after baking. It’s also a treat that extends beyond breakfast – serve as a dessert with a dollop of cream.
If you’re looking for an effortless entertaining platter, look no further. Combine hummus with your favourite flavours and serve with veg, focaccia or savoury biscuits.
These finger food rolls look really impressive but are simple to whip up, thanks to shop-bought prawn cocktail and brioche buns. Serve with thick-cut crisps and dressed lettuce leaves.
All it takes are three ingredients – anchovies, guindilla peppers and olives – to make this effortless Spanish-style snack.
Serve this simple and speedy prawn cocktail alternative on a large platter in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in.
Present a tray of devilled eggs to a hungry crowd: there are three different toppings here, but the possibilities are endless – we've used nori flakes, sesame seeds and spring onion curls; urfa chilli flakes, coriander leaves and chopped toasted almonds; and chives, fish roe and radish slices.
Experiment with your choice of bao fillings in this easy entertaining dish – we stuff ours with fish goujons, breaded chicken and sweet potato and top with sweet and sour slaw.
Ready in under 30 minutes, this summery starter pairs fried stuffed vine leaves with a quick and creamy dill sauce. Serve with plenty of crusty bread for mopping up.
This recipe sees shop-bought lamb kebabs served with a simple sweet, sour and sticky homemade chilli jam, making an impressive but effortless BBQ main.
Recreate this dill butter prawn linguine for an elegant dinner for two – keep some potted shrimp in the freezer and you’ll always have an instant pasta sauce to hand.
Cut corners by using red curry paste in this gluten-free main. With only 20 minutes to prep time, it’s perfect for entertaining guests.
Simply wrap everything in a foil parcel and in a few minutes you’ve got spicy prawns bathed in their own sauce. An easy BBQ starter that's perfect served with focaccia for mopping up the sauce.
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.
Give the oven a break with this effortless, rich lamb casserole recipe, topped with crispy hash browns. Serve with a salad or steamed greens.
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.
Cook your turkey legs and breast in a heady red wine sauce for a Christmassy take on coq au vin. Once it's in the oven, this effortless dish takes care of itself.
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.
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.
Plump prawns in a deliciously garlicky, spicy oil – a simple recipe that’s perfect for entertaining.
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.
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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.
This crudité dish requires minimal effort, but the results are impressive – perfect for bringing out at dinner parties over the summer.
Using just four ingredients, this go-to recipe is easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes.
Turn a few picnic favourites like cheese, chutney, pâté and salami into a no-cook dinner party centrepiece, and finish it off with some quick and easy pickles.
Three types of baked cheese, served with plenty of crackers, crudités and chutneys for the ultimate sharing starter.
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.
Christmas lunch doesn't have to be complicated: cook everything on oven trays – the turkey, golden roasties, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings – in just two hours.
Try our fuss-free cream cheese pies for a spot of weekend baking – simply cut into six squares or 12 fingers to serve.
Sharing boards are perfect for easy entertaining. Make the choc pots and white russians ahead of time and buy a few extras to feed a crowd.
Check out our cheat’s version of rum baba. It’s winningly simple, and you can use your favourite rum to make it more special.
Fill a shop-bought tart case with brandy-soaked dried fruit and two types of almond for an effortless festive dessert, best eaten with brandy butter.
These sweet pancakes cut corners with shop-bought ingredients, making entertaining completely fuss-free.
A dessert with wow factor without any of the effort – this zingy tart is unbelievably quick to make thanks to a few ready-made ingredients. It's easy to prepare ahead of time, too.
Use shop-bought crêpes and curd to make this speedy yet impressive blood orange layer cake.
Dinner party guests will never guess this refreshing strawberry pud takes just five minutes to whip up.
Use a shop-bought block of shortcrust pastry to make this impressive frangipane tart, featuring squidgy plums and crunchy pistachios.
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.
Be the host with the most with our epic brunch board, featuring overnight oats, sausage sarnies, pancake bites and enough bloody marys for you and five friends.
Our cheat’s version of cardamom buns uses bread mix as a genius shortcut – just add butter and spices for the ultimate swirl bun.
Fill shop-bought brioche buns with velvety ice cream for an easy yet crowd-pleasing sweet treat.
This super-easy dessert is made with floral rosé wine and sharp, refreshing grapefruit – it may take just 10 minutes to make but will end your dinner on a high note.
Pomegranate molasses adds a fruity, sweet-and-sour smack of flavour to this creamy no-churn ice cream.
It might look impressive but you can whip up this berry tiramisu, made with tart raspberries, rosé wine and creamy mascarpone, in just 15 minutes.
This dessert was made for easy entertaining, whipped up in just 10 minutes. And it’s not just limited to frozen berries – try mango and passion fruit (fresh or frozen) or apple or pear purée.
Cut corners on this warming dessert by using a ready-made rice pudding, which is topped with cinnamon, cardamom and a little orange zest, plus halva and extra cream.
Ready-made meringue nests and custard make this an effortless dessert that's brilliant for entertaining.
Ready in just 15 minutes, round off a BBQ feast with this simple dessert of grilled peaches, pancakes and ricotta.
Tinto de verano means ‘summer red wine’ – sangria-like but much easier to make. Here it’s frozen into a granita or slushie and doubles as a post-lunch drink