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Dinner Party Recipes for Any Style

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Whether you’re planning a fabulous dressed-up dinner party or a casual gathering all about good friends and great food, we’ve got the recipes you need to make it a memorable meal.


Prosciutto-Wrapped Greens

Appetizers don’t get much easier than this. You can roll these pretty little bundles up five minutes before guests arrive.

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Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

If your party menu involves a grill at any point, throw some thyme sprigs over the fire to coax out the herb’s floral qualities—then make this drink for yourself and your guests.

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Herb-and-Salt-Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Morel Sauce

Described as “luxury on a plate” this roast is the centerpiece of a truly special meal. Serve this at your dinner party, and get ready for raves.

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Garden Lettuces with Garlic Chapons

Especially if your main course is rich, keep your salad simple. Here, the homemade garlic chapons (large, rustic croutons), are a special touch and they take fewer than 15 minutes to make.

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Classic Bananas Foster

Admit it. You want to pull out the kitchen torch and impress your guests with this classic dessert. Go for it.

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Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb with Fresh Mint Sauce

Boneless leg of lamb is the perfect cut for feeding a crowd. It’s large, wonderfully flavorful, easy to prepare, and cooks to varied donesses.

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Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail

These enormous poached shrimp with tangy tomato-based sauce are the perfect beginning to a dinner party, whether your style is fancy or laid-back.

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Green Beans with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

You can’t go wrong serving a big platter of green beans at a dinner party since they pair well with just about any meat. The meyer lemon here gives the dish an herbal, almost floral undertone.

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Dulce de Leche Caramel Cheesecake

This rich cheesecake is a caramel lover's dream and an indulgent way to end any special meal.

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Queen Bee Mojito

The mojito gets a makeover in this version, which uses honey to flavor a combination of three classic cocktails: the Air Mail, the Champagne Cocktail, and the Mojito.

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Asparagus Fries with Smoked Paprika Aïoli

Perfect for a casual grill party, serve these “fries” with burgers or sliders.

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Herb & Lemon Roasted Salmon

This stunning salmon, served on a bed of roasted potatoes and sautéed greens, marinates the night before and is guaranteed to impress the fish lovers at your party.

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Asparagus and Mascarpone Gratin

This simple yet decadent dish is easy enough to make on a weeknight but special enough (and easily doubled) for a weekend dinner party.

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Crispy Smashed Roasted Potatoes

With a simple ingredient list and a mostly make-ahead technique, these delicious potatoes are perfect for parties.

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Roasted Cornish Game Hens with Wildflower Honey & Orange

Cornish game hens work well for entertaining. They’re a nice departure from chicken, and they don’t require any last-minute carving.

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Classic Clams Casino

This iconic-bacon topped appetizer takes only about 30 minutes to make and would be an elegant starter for a dinner party.

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Strawberry-Mint Shortcakes

Minty sugar-crusted biscuits, strawberries, and sweetened sour cream come together for a party-worthy take on a traditional favorite.

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