Best ever platter recipes for an impressive dinner party spread

Mix and match from our best ever delicious platter recipes to create your very own (and very tasty) impressive dinner party spread. Don't be afraid to increase the quantities, all these recipes can be customised to suit the number of guests you're hosting


Gravadlax is a real show-stopping centrepiece for any occasion. Making this Scandi classic is easier than you think with this step-by-step video from olive’s test kitchen.


Beer cheese

The addictive dish from Montreal restaurant, Joe Beef, works both as a snack to go with beer or as a starter. It’s super fun to make (we’ve even made an video to show you how), and can be prepared in just 20 minutes! Stock up on blue cheese, quark, soft cheese, pilsner beer and garlic for this recipe.

Pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

Incorporate a taste of the orient into your dinner party spread with these easy pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce.

kale hush puppies with lemon aïoli

Hush puppies are little American savoury doughnuts in a polenta batter. A classic side dish for seafood, they are also great for parties. These vegetarian kale ones are eaten with an aioli dip.

Gruyere and cider fondue

A twist on the classic Swiss fondue which uses dry cider instead of wine. Great for a party or as an easy sharing starter for friends. Not sure how to make the perfect fondue? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered (plus more recipe suggestions)…

Fig with gorgonzola and walnut

An absolute classic flavour combination, these figgy gorgonzola bites are just the ticket for a Christmas party or New Year’s nibble. One of our favourite vegetarian canapés, and great with a good glass of red.

Oysters with ginger Japanese dressing

Hosting a very classy get together? Then this oyster recipe is for you. Salmon roe is available in fishmongers and supermarkets, or look for tobiko (smaller eggs) in Japanese shops and from japancentre.com.

Venison carpaccio with pickled red cabbage

A lovely restaurant-standard winter sharing platter idea of paper-thin slices of venison marinated with herbs and served with a red cabbage salad and a Parmesan, olive oil and lemon dressing. A wonderful way to kick off to a posh dinner!

Warm olives with pickled lemon and fennel

This recipe makes a quick but impressive snack to serve with drinks. Heating the olives makes them absorb more flavour without having to marinade them for ages.

Grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle

These sticky grilled padron peppers and chorizo skewers with honey drizzle make the perfect starter or finger food to serve with drinks. What’s more, they’re super quick and easy to make.

Tomato and pesto tart

Cut this super simple tomato and pesto tart into bitesize slices to turn it into the ultimate sharing food. Using ready-rolled puff pastry makes the cooking even easier.

Fried aubergine sticks with sumac and honey

Easy aubergine sticks: designed to impress your friends and family as a quick dinner-party starter, or as part of a dinner party spread. With a minty yogurt dip, this Mediterranean-inspired recipe with sumac and za’atar just needs a drizzle of honey to finish it off.

Fig and goat’s cheese puffs

The easiest party finger food, ready in half an hour – ready made puff pastry topped with goat’s cheese and pretty figs makes perfect nibbles.

Tsukune with Japanese-style quinoa

Peruvian/Japanese fusion food is called Nikkei and this recipe for tsukune with Japanese-style quinoa is a great, easy way to try it at home. Leave out the quinoa to make these into a portable easy-to-mingle-with snack.

Smoked salmon pancakes with lemon and caper crème fraîche

Looking for a tasty appetiser to hand round at your next gathering? Chive pancakes are topped with smoked salmon, lemon, nonpareil capers and dill crème fraîche in this easy recipe.

Spiralized summer rolls

Spiralized veg takes the place of noodles in these super-healthy, Vietnamese-style vegan rolls. They’ll add a spot of lively colour to your posh table spread.


Got 10 minutes to spare? Ditch the jar and make your own Provençal tapenade instead. Spread over mini toasted baguette slices to serve them to your hungry guests.

Quails’ eggs with pink peppercorn salt

These quail’s eggs with pink peppercorn salt make for stylish-looking canapés for your next party. Leave a bit of the speckled shell on to serve for a more interesting look.

Griddled nectarines with frozen yogurt and honeyed pistachios

This low calorie recipe for griddled nectarines with frozen yogurt and honeyed pistachios makes for an easy, speedy and sweet nibble. Increase the recipe quantities to suit the number of guests attending your soirée.

Bermondsey bombs

Pork mince wrapped in mash makes an easy nibble that’s coated in breadcrumbs and served with spicy tomato sauce and aïoli. It’s the creation of genius Spanish chef Jose Pizarro who has a tapas bar and restaurant on Bermondsey Street, London.

Posh hummus

This poshed-up hummus with tomatoes and spring onion tastes so much better than shop-bought. Serve as a dip with some hot pita bread or freshly sliced crunchy veg.

Crab crostini

Light and delicate crab crostini make perfect canapés for drinks parties. Make the crab mix and toast the baguette ahead, but don’t assemble until ready to eat as the bread will become soggy.

Vegan quinoa sushi

Cut the costs and impress your guests with these homemade sushi rolls. No one will even realise that they’re vegan – unless you tell them of course! We’ve stuff these full of avocado, carrot and pepper but if you’re feeling adventurous, go freestyle and mix it up.

Bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade

This recipe for bacon-wrapped dates with quince marmalade comes from Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle and makes for a great festive canapé when you have guests over. They look really impressive but are actually very easy to make.

Ibérico, manchego and rocket bites

A super sophisticated party nibble, or canapé for a dinner party. We all know how well Ibérico ham and manchego ham go together – add rocket for extra punch, and serve alongside a glass (or two) of fizz.

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