Our Best Dinner Party Recipes

Bottom line: Having friends over for supper can be a breeze. But the trick to easy entertaining is creating a menu that doesn't keep you, the host, in the kitchen forever.

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Crab Cake Sliders

Jeff swaps in butter crackers for breadcrumbs in this finger-friendly crab cake appetizer. The crackers do double duty in helping the cake bind together as well as infusing the crab with delicious butter flavor.

Get the Recipe: Crab Cake Sliders with Blood Orange Aioli

Best Tomato Soup Ever

Soup is always a strong way to start a dinner party — and when it's Ree's comforting tomato soup, everyone's happy. Plus, you can make this the night before so that on the day of the get-together, all you have to do is reheat it.

Get the Recipe: Best Tomato Soup Ever

Maple Bread with Soft Cheese

Magic happens when you fry bread in butter and maple syrup. It gets lacquered and candied; and when you use a good bread like sourdough, it stays chewy on the inside. Topped with a soft cheese, it's exactly what your guests want to eat as a starter with wine.

Get the Recipe: Maple Bread with Soft Cheese

Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower

One of our favorite vegetables gets the royal treatment: It's filled with a cheesy and bacony kale stuffing, coated in crispy breadcrumbs, and baked until melting and tender.

Get the Recipe: Whole Roasted Stuffed Cauliflower

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

A simple marinade of balsamic vinaigrette works magic on roasted chicken. And who doesn't want to go over to someone's house for chicken? Giada's recipe is elegant yet welcoming.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Orzo Salad

When hosting dinner, it helps to have a repertoire of tasty sides at your disposal. Take, for instance, this colorful orzo salad: It's a light, vibrant pasta dish that will make your main course shine.

Get the Recipe: Orzo Salad

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

Buffalo chicken dip is always a crowd-pleaser, but serving it in a warm, doughy ring makes it extra special. And its fun presentation is sure to grab everyone's attention.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Just because you're feeding friends doesn't mean it has to be anything fancy. In fact, serving something like Ina's comforting chicken stew with biscuits — a sort of fuss-free, big-batch chicken pot pie — is what entertaining is all about: providing sustenance and comfort for the people you love.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Stew with Biscuits

Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

Slow-cooked comfort meets fancy-ish French bistro in this regional classic. Chicken portions get braised in a Dutch oven with wine, herbs and garlic — yes, forty cloves — that mellow out and sweeten in flavor. A touch of cream brings everything together at the end.

Get the Recipe: Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic

Scallops Provencal

Though a bit on the pricier side, scallops are an easy, elegant dinner option when your party is small and intimate. Our fans are obsessed with Ina's recipe, which borrows from the flavors of France.

Get the Recipe: Scallops Provencal

Egg-Stuffed Ravioli

This pasta dish is guaranteed to impress guests with its eye-catching surprise inside: a beautiful runny egg yolk. Though worthy of a restaurant appetizer, it is super easy to put together when you use store-bought pasta sheets.

Get the Recipe: Egg-Stuffed Ravioli

Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

Think: spinach dip in finger food form. Frozen puff pastry shells and frozen chopped spinach are quick shortcuts to Giada's Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets.

Get the Recipe: Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

Coq au Vin

Make this one-pot 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.

Get the Recipe: Coq Au Vin

Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce

Is there a dinner party food more perfect than a cheesy, one-pan casserole? You only need a handful of ingredients for this comforting pasta bake.

Get the Recipe: Baked Rigatoni with Bechamel Sauce

Bloody Mary

Ina says, "The only cocktail you can reasonably have at breakfast is a Bloody Mary." It's the perfect make-ahead cocktail, because it gets better as the tomato mixture sits.

Get the Recipe: Bloody Mary

Pizza Pizzas

Make tonight pizza night: Alton's Pizza Pizzas are so tasty, easy and fun to make at home with friends and family, you may never order in again.

Get the Recipe: Pizza Pizzas

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.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry Cheesecake Squares

Real Margaritas

It helps to start dinner with a pitcher drink you can make a batch of, like Ina's essential margarita recipe. Lime juice, lemon juice, Triple Sec, tequila and ice are pureed in a blender, then shaken with ice.

Get the Recipe: Real Margaritas

Hot Browns with Pimento Cheese Mornay

Smother bone-in turkey and sourdough bread in Mornay cheese sauce — but not just any Mornay cheese sauce. This one's filled with chopped roasted red peppers and bacon, and it leaves the oven bubbling in individual-sized cast-iron dishes.

Get the Recipe: Hot Browns with Pimento Cheese Mornay

Aperol Spritz

The Aperol Spritz is the perfect big-batch cocktail to whet your guests' appetites. It's bitter, sweet and refreshing — and it's making a comeback.

Get the Recipe: Aperol Spritz

Southwestern Egg Rolls with Salsa Dipping Sauce

Our fans are obsessed with these vegetarian egg rolls that have a Southwestern twist. Plus, they're the perfect finger food.

Get the Recipe: Southwestern Egg Rolls with Salsa Dipping Sauce

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.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Buffalo Shrimp Tempura

After you're done devouring this light and crispy fried shrimp (with blue cheese and hot sauce dips!), bookmark this recipe permanently. You'll want to use the tempura recipe over and over again for dishes like tempura veggies too.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Shrimp Tempura

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

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

Get the Recipe: Easy Cheesy Fondue with Fingerling Potatoes, French Bread and Select Vegetables

Chicken Kiev

These stuffed, fried fillets of chicken breast are perfect for dinner parties because you can prep them ahead of time and fry them the day of. Most importantly, they're single portions, making them a breeze to serve.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Kiev

Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala

Serve Indian takeout at home with Aarti's fan-favorite mild curry recipe. It's big, hearty and feeds a hungry crowd in one fell swoop.

Get the Recipe: Chicken in Creamy Tomato Curry: Chicken Tikka Masala

Standing Rib Roast with Cabernet au Jus

Tyler 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.

Get the Recipe: Standing Rib Roast with Cabernet au Jus

Cajun Mashed Potatoes

It helps to serve a starchy side your guests can fill up on. Means you can focus your hosting energy on the details of smaller bites and the main course. These dolled-up mashed potatoes get a homemade Cajun seasoning mix of paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

Get the Recipe: Cajun Mashed Potatoes

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.

Get the Recipe: Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls

Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

This BIG 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.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Peach and Corn Salad

The Best Cauliflower Ever

Need a side dish to go with dinner? The name of this recipe speaks for itself and is proof that cauliflower can be incredibly delicious if you treat it right.

Get the Recipe: The Best Cauliflower Ever

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.

Get the Recipe: Mini Turkey Meatballs

"Fauxrizo" Taco Filling

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

Get the Recipe: "Fauxrizo" Taco Filling

Pimento-Cheese Cakes

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

Get the Recipe: Gina's Pimento Cheese Cakes

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.

Get the Recipe: Lemon-Pepper Roast Chicken

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

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

Get the Recipe: Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Vanilla Panna Cotta

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

Get the Recipe: Vanilla Panna Cotta

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. 

Get the Recipe: Spicy Muffin Tin Tacos

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. 

Get the Recipe: Grilled Shrimp, Watermelon and Feta Salad

Wedge Salad Burgers

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

Get the Recipe: Wedge Salad Burgers

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.

Get the Recipe: No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprints

Soft Polenta with Mascarpone

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

Get the Recipe: Soft Polenta with Mascarpone

Stewed Escarole with Feta

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

Get the Recipe: Stewed Escarole with Feta

Individual Fruit Pizzas

Ree 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.

Get the Recipe: Individual Fruit Pizzas

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.

Get the Recipe: Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Sesame Toasts

Pieces of chicken make these toasts surprisingly hearty.

Get the Recipe: Sesame Toasts

Avocado and White Bean Dip

Giada brings California to Tuscany with her avocado and white bean dip.

Get the Recipe: Avocado and White Bean Dip

Grown-Up Mac and Cheese

Ina's grown-up mac and cheese is celebratory enough for a dinner party, featuring three BIG cheeses: Cheddar, Roquefort and Gruyere. How bad can that be?

Get the Recipe: Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Baby Lamb Chops with Lemon

Lamb chops sound fussy, but they're actually super quick and easy to cook. A flash fry in the pan is all you need. Plus, your friends will totally think you're fancy when you serve them on a large platter like this.

Get the Recipe: Baby Lamb Chops With Lemon