Dinner Party Recipes

Hosting a get-together is simple with recipes that will impress your guests without keeping you in the kitchen. From easy-to-serve fondue to make-ahead mains, these dishes were made for special occasions.

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Easy Cheesy Fondue with Fingerling Potatoes, French Bread and Select Vegetables

Serve Rachael Ray's super-easy, super-cheesy fondue with an assortment of your favorite dippers —crudites, baguette, baby potatoes and pickles.

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Pimento-Cheese Cakes

Instead of cupcakes, serve these savory hand-held treats that feature a moist cornbread topped with Gina Neely's homemade pimento cheese spread.

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Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

Frozen puff pastry shells and frozen chopped spinach are quick shortcuts to Giada De Laurentiis' elegant finger food.

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Soft Polenta with Mascarpone

A large spoonful of creamy mascarpone cheese makes polenta extra rich.

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

With just five ingredients and 20 minutes' prep time, Claire Robinson's easy cookies will be ready to serve even for a last-minute celebration.

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Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Giada's easy-to-make banana muffins are a great way to end a meal or start your day; they're equally fantastic for dessert or breakfast.

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Standing Rib Roast with Cabernet au Jus

Tyler Florence allows the beef to rest on a carving board for 20 minutes to let the juices settle. The internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 10 degrees to achieve perfectly cooked results.

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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Alton Brown's six-ingredient pound cake can be made in advance. Store the cake on a rack covered with a tea towel for up to 3 days.

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Lemon-Pepper Roast Chicken

Perfectly portion this roast chicken dinner for any special occasion. It'll look like you spent hours prepping in the kitchen, but the recipe is actually quite easy.

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Mini Turkey Meatballs

A simple homemade tomato sauce (that can be prepared in advance) coats mini turkey meatballs that are perfect for serving with toothpicks.

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Real Margaritas

This is Ina Garten's essential margarita recipe. Lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila and ice are pureed in a blender, then shaken with ice.

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Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Giada uses store-bought tortellini to save time, then smothers the pasta with cheese and sauce before baking in the oven.

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Individual Fruit Pizzas

Ree Drummond tops homemade cookie crusts with a creamy mixture and displays them with a platter of fruit. Let everyone build their own pizza with as much fruit as desired for a treat that's perfect for a sleepover or any kid-friendly event.

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Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli

Jeff Mauro swaps in butter crackers for breadcrumbs in this crab cake appetizer. The crackers will help the cake bind together and will infuse the crab with delicious butter flavor.

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Best Tomato Soup Ever

You can use flavored tomato juice, but Ree prefers plain so the tomato flavor really shines through. A few tablespoons of sugar will offset the acidity of the overall mixture.

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"Fauxrizo" Taco Filling

Damaris Phillips makes a vegetarian-friendly taco spread where guests can add their own fixings.

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Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala

Serve Indian takeout at home for your party with Aarti Sequeira's easy recipe for this classic dinner.

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Vanilla Panna Cotta

Make this vanilla-flecked dessert the night before so that day-of prep is quick and simple.

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Sesame Toasts

Pieces of chicken make these toasts surprisingly hearty.

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Spicy Muffin-Tin Tacos

Whip out your muffin tin to make taco cups for a crowd. Baking the tortillas easily crisps up the entire package simultaneously and makes for a fun party presentation. 

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Grilled Shrimp, Watermelon and Feta Salad

This refreshing dish — complete with summery watermelon, tangy cheese and plump shrimp — looks absolutely gorgeous served over charred baguette slices. 

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Wedge Salad Burgers

Skip the buns and serve burgers (topped with just enough bacon for a little extra flavor) on crunchy lettuce wedges instead.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprints

These bites have all the components of your favorite full-size cheesecake, but you don't have to turn on the oven to make them.

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Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

This salad boasts the best of summer produce (juicy peaches and crisp, sweet corn), and bumps up the flavor even more by charring the ingredients on the grill. Piled on a bed of peppery arugula, the dish is unexpected but certainly crowd-pleasing.

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Stewed Escarole with Feta

This unusual, Greek-inspired side dish is surprisingly simple to prepare.

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Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls

Slathering frozen, unbaked dinner rolls in butter that's infused with 16 cloves of garlic is the quickest, easiest way to fill your breadbasket.

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Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Doll up classic mashed potatoes with a homemade Cajun seasoning mix made of paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. 

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Coq au Vin

Make the French classic Ina's way: Braise chicken, mushrooms and pancetta with cognac, Burgundy and chicken stock until it's ultra-tender and rich in flavor.

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Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Reinvent the classic pasta dish in pizza form. Top pizza dough with tender shrimp, two cheeses and a lemony, garlic-infused butter sauce. Sprinkle with an extra pinch of crushed red pepper for an added kick of heat.

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Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Featuring a buttery cookie-pecan crust, a smooth, tangy cream cheese filling and a sweetened topping made with fresh blackberries, there's no shortage of comforting flavors in Ree's potluck-ready dessert.

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Blackened Fish Tacos with Taco-Spiced Slaw and Charred Scallion Salsa

 

Chef James Briscione's spicy fish tacos with slaw are perfect served alongside sweet and juicy watermelon. 

 

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Taco-Spiced Margarita

Rimming margarita glasses with taco seasoning gives this refreshing cocktail just the right amount of heat.

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