37 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 fuss-free entertaining, check out our our no-oven effortless entertaining ideas and effortless summer dinner party ideas.
Effortless entertaining recipes
Effortless leek fondue toasts
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.
Paprika crisps and fennel crudités
Quick and easy paprika crisps and fennel crudités with a mojo verde dip can be ready in 10 minutes, perfect for last-minute entertaining.
Crab and prawn cocktail rolls
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.
Bloody mary prawn lettuce scoops
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.
Bao bun fillings
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.
Pomegranate glazed lamb kebabs
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.
Effortless dill butter prawn linguine with chilli crisp fried eggs
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.
Baked baby pumpkin with red curry prawns
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.
'Nduja prawns with focaccia
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.
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.
Lamb casserole with hash brown top
Give the oven a break with this effortless, rich lamb casserole recipe, topped with crispy hash browns. Serve with a salad or steamed greens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two-tray Christmas dinner
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.
Effortless madeleine 'baba'
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.
Espresso martini pancakes
These sweet pancakes cut corners with shop-bought ingredients, making entertaining completely fuss-free.
Double chocolate and passion fruit tart
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.
Blood orange curd crêpe cake
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.
Plum and pistachio frangipane tart
Use a shop-bought block of shortcrust pastry to make this impressive frangipane tart, featuring squidgy plums and crunchy pistachios.
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.
Our cheat’s version of cardamom buns uses bread mix as a genius shortcut – just add butter and spices for the ultimate swirl bun.
Brioche ice cream sandwiches
Fill shop-bought brioche buns with velvety ice cream for an easy yet crowd-pleasing sweet treat.
Grapefruit and mint syllabub
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 ice cream
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.
Halva topped rice pudding
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.
Peach melba smashed pavlova
Ready-made meringue nests and custard make this an effortless dessert that's brilliant for entertaining.
Grilled peaches, pancakes and ricotta
Ready in just 15 minutes, round off a BBQ feast with this simple dessert of grilled peaches, pancakes and ricotta.
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