18 Party-Ready Recipes That Will Convince Your Friends You're a Pro Cook

Impress even the most-demanding guests with Geoffrey Zakarian's wow-worthy recipes.

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Baked Brie Spanakopita

Not only does this impressive appetizer boast a centerpiece of gooey Brie cheese, but there's also plenty of tangy feta and creamy ricotta going on, as a nod to classic spanakopita. The Brie surrounds a spinach filling featuring the other cheeses, and the decadent mashup is baked inside a phyllo dough purse for a striking presentation.

Get the Recipe: Baked Brie Spanakopita

Classic Moules Frites

Geoffrey lets the earthy flavor of fresh mussels shine, only dressing them up with a simple white wine broth with sweet shallots and tangy creme fraiche. 

Get the Recipe: Classic Moules Frites

Pesto-Rubbed Baked Salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad

At once light and satisfying, GZ's speedy salmon gets a boost of flavor from a bold combination of pesto and Dijon mustard. Follow Geoffrey's lead and save time in the kitchen by starting with prepared pesto.

Get the Recipe: Pesto-Rubbed Baked Salmon with Smashed Cucumber and Green Apple Salad

Shrimp and Artichoke Tagliatelle with Black Pepper and Pecorino

Thanks to quick-cooking shrimp, this lemony pasta, an all-in-one dinner, can be on the table in just 30 minutes. 

Get the Recipe: Shrimp and Artichoke Tagliatelle with Black Pepper and Pecorino

Endive and Blue Cheese Salad with Soy-Sherry Vinaigrette

Endive boasts a crisp texture, which means it holds its shape well and can stand up to other bold ingredients. Here it's tossed with cool apples, creamy blue cheese and crunchy walnuts, then mixed with a savory dressing.

Get the Recipe: Endive and Blue Cheese Salad with Soy-Sherry Vinaigrette

Asparagus and Bread Soup with Pancetta

Pancetta renderings offer a smoky base to this simple soup, while a garnish of crispy pancetta, fresh chives and creme fraiche at the end rounds out the smooth blend.

Get the Recipe: Asparagus and Bread Soup with Pancetta

Roasted Chicken with Bibb Lettuce and Roasted Chicken Vinaigrette

To impart the most flavor in his impressive roast chicken, GZ marinates the meat in a lemony herb rub overnight. Once the meat is cooked, he uses the drippings to provide a deeply savory flavor to his shallot-Dijon vinaigrette.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Bibb Lettuce and Roasted Chicken Vinaigrette

No-Cream Creamed Corn with Applewood Smoked Bacon

The key to this top-rated side dish is to puree some of kernels, which will lend a creamlike texture.

Get the Recipe: No-Cream Creamed Corn with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Grilled Branzino with Basil, Lime and Ginger

When grilling whole fish, it's important that you set it on the grill and leave it be for a few minutes before flipping it; if you move it before it's ready, the skin could tear.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Branzino with Basil, Lime and Ginger

Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with Horseradish, Gruyère and Sweet Onion

Spiced cream is slowly simmered with sweet onion to create a flavorful base for the potato casserole, which comes together with blankets of nutty Gruyère cheese and crispy breadcrumbs.

Get the Recipe: Yukon Gold Potato Gratin with Horseradish, Gruyere and Sweet Onion

Olive and Medjool Date-Stuffed Pork Loin

Slice the pork loin so it's butterflied, creating ample space to stuff the meat with GZ's bold filling. He likes a combination of sweet Italian sausage, briny Kalamata olives and chewy dates to lend a balance of flavors and textures.

Get the Recipe: Olive and Medjool Date Stuffed Pork Loin

Grilled Corn Risotto

By cooking the risotto with shaved grilled corn cobs, GZ ensures that the finished product will boast layers of the sweet, smoky corn taste through it.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Corn Risotto

Quick Paella with Chorizo, Shrimp and Chicken

No paella pan at home? No problem. Geoffrey's recipe comes together in an everyday Dutch oven. Bonus: This easy-to-make recipe features plenty of protein, veggies and a starch, so it's an all-in-one showstopper.

Get the Recipe: Quick Paella with Chorizo, Shrimp and Chicken

Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Moist and succulent, these short ribs turn out fork-tender after a slow braise in a savory red wine bath.

Get the Recipe: Red Wine-Braised Short Ribs

Lemon Tart

If you don't have time to make a tart shell from scratch, you're in luck, because GZ says you can start with a store-bought pastry when prepping this crowd-pleasing dessert

Get the Recipe: Geoffrey's Lemon Tart

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

In Italian cooking, most fra diavolo sauces turn out spicy, and this recipe is no exception. But GZ balances the heat of red chile flakes and a serrano pepper with plenty of fresh herbs and a last-minute addition of lemon juice.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Savory Thyme Compound Butter

Bread and butter are go-to fixings on many dinner tables, but to up the wow factor, try infusing butter with sweet shallots, garlic and salty anchovies. The over-the-top flavor will transform bread — or you can cook with the compound butter, by using it as a base for risotto.

Get the Recipe: Savory Thyme Compound Butter

Gougeres with Gruyère Mornay and Beer Mustard

It's all about cheese in GZ's two-bite appetizers. Not only is there Gruyère baked inside and atop these golden puffs, but there's also two kinds of cheese — more Gruyère, plus nutty Parmesan — melted into the Mornay sauce.

Get the Recipe: Gougeres with Gruyere Mornay and Beer Mustard

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