Easy Dinner Party Recipes

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Here, fantastic recipes for an easy and elegant dinner party including creamy soups, juicy roasts and more.

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This dish includes the pickled grapes that helped Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford nab the coveted title. Just make them and you'll see why—they have the perfect balance of heat and sweet, plus they're juicy and very aromatic.

Red Snapper with Sweet and Spicy Pickled Grapes Recipe

This dish includes the pickled grapes that helped Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford nab the coveted title. Just make them and you'll see why—they have the perfect balance of heat and sweet, plus they're juicy and very aromatic.

Spring rhubarb is wonderfully pink and tender, so you can dispense with the poaching step and put it straight into a pastry case (shell) with a little brown sugar before putting it in the oven.

Rhubarb Tart Recipe

Spring rhubarb is wonderfully pink and tender, so you can dispense with the poaching step and put it straight into a pastry case (shell) with a little brown sugar before putting it in the oven.

These green chile-chicken enchiladas are an easy crowd-pleasing weeknight dinner.

Green Chile–Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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These green chile-chicken enchiladas are an easy crowd-pleasing weeknight dinner.

Crispy Vietnamese Crêpes with Shrimp, Pork and Bean Sprouts

Crispy Vietnamese Crêpes with Shrimp, Pork and Bean Sprouts Recipe

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This recipe for lacy thin, crackly crisp Vietnamese crepes—filled with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts—is from Charles Phan of San Francisco's Slanted Door.

Arroz con Pollo (Puerto Rican Rice with Chicken) | This easy Puerto Rican rice recipe with bone-in chicken serves six and is ready in less than an hour.

Arroz con Pollo (Puerto Rican Rice with Chicken) Recipe

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Arroz con Pollo (Puerto Rican Rice with Chicken) | This easy Puerto Rican rice recipe with bone-in chicken serves six and is ready in less than an hour.

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Michael Symon's four-ingredient potatoes get plenty of flavor from browned butter and crème fraîche. Reserve a little browned butter to drizzle on the potatoes just before serving.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes | Michael Symon's four-ingredient potatoes get plenty of flavor from browned butter and crème fraîche. Reserve a little browned butter to drizzle on the potatoes just before serving.

Big Italian Salad | Part green salad part antipasto salad, this recipe combines lettuce, celery, onion, peperoncini, olives and cherry tomatoes—all tossed in a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and a little mayonnaise.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Big Italian Salad | Part green salad part antipasto salad, this recipe combines lettuce, celery, onion, peperoncini, olives and cherry tomatoes—all tossed in a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and a little mayonnaise.

Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale | For this one-pan dish, Grace Parisi roasts chicken legs on a bed of potatoes and kale so the meaty juices keep the vegetables moist.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale | For this one-pan dish, Grace Parisi roasts chicken legs on a bed of potatoes and kale so the meaty juices keep the vegetables moist.

Warm Chocolate Cakes with Apricot-Cognac Sauce | Pair these cakes with a dried-fruit-and-caramel-scented tawny port: Taylor Fladgate 10-Year Reserve.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Warm Chocolate Cakes with Apricot-Cognac Sauce | Pair these cakes with a dried-fruit-and-caramel-scented tawny port: Taylor Fladgate 10-Year Reserve.

Spice Roasted Butternut Squash | Cubes of butternut squash are tossed with a mix of warming spices—including cumin, coriander and cayenne—and roasted.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Spice Roasted Butternut Squash | Cubes of butternut squash are tossed with a mix of warming spices—including cumin, coriander and cayenne—and roasted.

Goat Cheese Cakes with Rosemary and Lavender Honey | Pastry chef Sandra Reinli created this recipe using Provençal goat cheese and herbs.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Goat Cheese Cakes with Rosemary and Lavender Honey | Pastry chef Sandra Reinli created this recipe using Provençal goat cheese and herbs.

Black Pepper-Raspberry Sorbet with Prosecco | Chef James Holmes of Olivia, in Austin, topped raw oysters with this sweet-savory sorbet before deciding it would make an excellent cocktail with Prosecco. A good-quality, store-bought raspberry sorbet is a fine shortcut.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Black Pepper-Raspberry Sorbet with Prosecco | Chef James Holmes of Olivia, in Austin, topped raw oysters with this sweet-savory sorbet before deciding it would make an excellent cocktail with Prosecco. A good-quality, store-bought raspberry sorbet is a fine shortcut.

Sautéed Spring Greens with Bacon and Mustard Seeds | You can use any greens you like in this quick sauté, which gets terrific flavor and texture from smoky bacon, hot chile and the pop of mustard seeds.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Sautéed Spring Greens with Bacon and Mustard Seeds | You can use any greens you like in this quick sauté, which gets terrific flavor and texture from smoky bacon, hot chile and the pop of mustard seeds.

Free-Form Sausage-and-Three-Cheese Lasagna | This rustic and gooey lasagna is packed with cheese and sausage. The style is called free-form because the pasta can be arranged in different ways—for instance, folded over the filling—instead of traditionally layered.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Free-Form Sausage-and-Three-Cheese Lasagna | This rustic and gooey lasagna is packed with cheese and sausage. The style is called free-form because the pasta can be arranged in different ways—for instance, folded over the filling—instead of traditionally layered.

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas | This chicken dish is elegant enough for entertaining and easy enough for a simple weeknight dinner.

Easy Dinner Party Recipes

Vinegar-Braised Chicken with Leeks and Peas | This chicken dish is elegant enough for entertaining and easy enough for a simple weeknight dinner.