Recipes for Spring Entertaining

Appetizers, salads, main dishes, desserts and more: these impressive and delicious recipes make hosting a spring party or get-together a breeze.

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Roasted Shrimp and Orzo

After roasting quick-cooking shrimp on a sheet pan, toss them together with orzo, cucumber, red onion and feta for an easy make-ahead meal for a crowd.

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Hasselback Beets with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Bright purple beets make a richly colored base for a drizzle of light herbed yogurt.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad with Prosciutto

A simple green salad is the perfect way to round out any spread. Simply add a few flavorful ingredients to your greens as Anne does here with sweet snap peas, salty prosciutto and savory pecorino cheese.

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Lemon Fusilli with Arugula

Tender broccoli, juicy tomatoes, peppery arugula and Parmesan come together with fusilli for an easy spring pasta bound together with a creamy lemon sauce.

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Shrimp Pesto Spring Rolls with Quick Pesto Dipping Sauce

Whether you’re hosting a spring cocktail party or are looking for the perfect pre-dinner bite, Ree’s easy spring rolls are an excellent choice. For the best flavor, make them right before your guests arrive.

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The Ultimate Paella

Tyler's version of the ultimate food to feed a big family is filled with chicken, chorizo and fish. Get your ingredients organized in advance, then layer flavors later while this one-pan meal cooks.

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Citrus Salad

An easy way to dress up crunchy spring radishes? Layer them with an array of sliced citrus rounds for a salad that’s as stunning as it is delicious.

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Meyer Lemon Curd Tart with Candied Lemon Peels

A press-in crust is ideal for any level baker because no rolling is required. Using Meyer lemons adds sweetness to the tangy curd in this sunny dessert.

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Lemon Buttered Seared Scallops

Scallops are always impressive, even though they’re incredibly easy to make. Valerie gives them an extra-special touch by searing them in a simple, homemade lemon butter.

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Spring Pizzas

Alex Guarnaschelli cuts down on prep time by starting off with store-bought pizza dough for her mini rounds. Top them with a spring medley of ramps or scallions.

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Spring Pasta Salad

Asparagus, peas and cherry tomatoes are tossed with cavatappi pasta plus a lemon and honey dressing for Jeff's easy side dish that comes together in just 35 minutes.

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Spring Asparagus Tart

This seasonal recipe makes for a beautiful presentation. Cover store-bought puff pastry with a mascarpone mixture before topping with asparagus spears.

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Smoked Salmon Dip

Want to impress without too much fuss in the kitchen? This simple dip made with just a quarter-pound of silky smoked salmon is perfect for entertaining and goes with everything from cucumbers to crackers.

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Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

This fresh-tasting pasta uses a reliable standby: frozen shrimp. Toss the shrimp with linguine, fragrant lemon oil and peppery arugula for a bright, easy-to-make spring dinner.

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Cream Scones with Currants

Stir currants into these scones that make a great breakfast snack. For a richer, darker crust, brush the tops of the scones with heavy cream and sprinkle with sugar before baking.

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Spring Green Risotto

Start with sauteed leeks and fennel, then add Arborio rice, white wine and simmering chicken stock, gradually adding more stock as the rice cooks. Stir in some lemon zest, lemon juice, mascarpone, Parmesan cheese and fresh chives, and you've got a delicious dinner the whole family will love.

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Parmesan Chicken

Ina's easy breaded chicken is dressed with tossed salad greens and a sprinkling of Parmesan.

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Sweet Pea Dip

Blend fresh peas, ricotta, lemon zest, Parmesan and mint together in the food processor for a creamy dip best smeared over crusty grilled bread.

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Ina's Blini with Smoked Salmon

Serve Ina's cute salmon-topped blinis as an appetizer for brunch or dinner.

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Lemon-Herb Roast Chicken

Instead of roasting a single large bird, opt for two small chickens — they'll cook more evenly.

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Frico Salad Bowl

These impressive cheese bowls are much easier than they look. All you need is parchment paper and a microwave!

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Square Deviled Eggs

Forget about peeling shells the next time you make deviled eggs! In this fun, square version, whites and yolks are separated, cooked individually and then brought back together to taste just like the original.

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Lamb Stew with Spring Vegetables

Leave it to Ina to embody the entire season of spring with one simple dish that's perfect for a crowd (especially on a chilly spring evening).

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Easy Rhubarb Crisp

Take advantage of fresh rhubarb by baking this simple dessert for your next get-together.

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Radishes with Smoked Butter

Fresh spring radishes and butter are a classic combination – but Molly gives them a bold, new twist by smoking her butter on the stovetop in a Dutch oven first.

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Spaghetti With Snap Peas and Prosciutto

Snap peas give great crunch to this spring-inspired pasta.

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Tuscan Kale Pesto Pizza with Shrimp Scampi

Valerie tops flatbread pesto pizza with lemony shrimp scampi for a delicious bite. Store any leftover kale pesto in the freezer and use it the next time you’re in a pinch for a quick dinner.

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Cheese-Potato Pie

A buttery crust wraps up mortadella, cheddar cheese, apples and potatoes in this hearty brunch pie.

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Perfect Spinach Salad

Ree uses the reserved fat from the crispy bacon in this salad to make a dressing. Toss it with hard boiled eggs, browned mushrooms and fresh spinach for a crunchy salad that's sure to please.

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Herb-Roasted Chicken With Melted Tomatoes

The herb mixture in this recipe plays two roles: Half of it serves as a flavorful rub for the chicken, and the other half is mixed with yogurt for a cool table sauce.

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Crostini with Ricotta and Pink Peppercorns

Crushed pink peppercorns really pop on top of creamy ricotta spiked with lemon zest. "The colors of this are just stunning," says Giada.

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Roasted Asparagus

When asparagus are in season you only need olive oil, salt and freshly ground black pepper to bring out their full flavor.

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Pasta Primavera

Ree's vegetable-filled pasta feeds a crowd. Carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, zucchini and summer squash are beautifully mixed into fettuccine.

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Crispy Pancetta Crostini with Arugula-Lemon Pesto

Snacks for a crowd are ready in just 35 minutes with pesto-topped crostini. You can substitute arugula in the pesto with any leafy greens – think baby spinach, kale or dandelion greens – you have on hand.

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Almond Tuiles

Mold these crisp, buttery cookies into cylinders while still warm, then serve alongside sorbet or ice cream for a sophisticated take on the sundae.

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Beef Stroganoff over Buttered Noodles

Fragrant with cognac and fresh thyme, a bowl of this hearty Russian beef dish is best served over tender egg noodles, which soak up the meaty broth.

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Marinated Artichokes

Learn the easiest way to get to the heart of a baby artichoke, then poach and marinate artichokes in olive oil, lemon, garlic, fresh herbs and wine.

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Herbed Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas are so sweet on their own that they only need a little butter, onion and a few herbs to become a satisfying side dish.

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Avocado and White Bean Dip

This creamy dip is ready to serve in just about 10 minutes -- perfect for an impromptu gettogether.

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Hasselback Radishes with Miso Dressing

Go an unexpected route with radishes by preparing them Hasselback style. Roast them for a more mellow flavor before drizzling them with miso dressing.

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Lemony Pea Salad

Alex makes this salad with fresh peas from the farmers' market. "The idea of fresh peas in the spring never gets old to me," she says.

 

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Deviled Potatoes

At first glance, these apps look just like the real deal, but one bite reveals they're potatoes in disguise.

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Chile-Rubbed Beef Tenderloin with Garlic-Herb Oil

Dinner for a crowd is easy and elegant with Valerie’s beef tenderloin. Drizzle garlic-herb oil over the top for a bright and fresh finish.

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Chilled Pea Soup with Spicy Crab

Pureed peas make a vibrant, beautiful chilled soup, especially when topped with sweet, spicy fresh lump crab.

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Ina's White Pizza With Arugula

Ina makes fresh pizza dough, then tops it with three creamy cheeses. Finish it with arugula, lemon and olive oil when it comes out of the oven.

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Spring Salad in Parmesan Cups

Individual salad cups are a fresh idea for cocktail party finger food. To make the parmesan cups, you'll bake shredded parmesan cheese and flour until golden, then drape the rounds over small ramekins to form crispy cups for salad.

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Swiss Chard and Herb Tart

Swiss chard is the perfect filling for this flaky crust. It's combined with eggs and cheese to make each bite a gooey one.

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Beet and Goat Cheese Arugula Salad

Giada augments the classic combination of beets and goat cheese with creamy avocado and crunchy walnuts to create a flavorful mix of textures.

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Fresh Fruit and Mint Salad

Combine spring's first strawberries with winter fruit standouts like mango, banana and orange for a fresh, colorful salad. Dress the salad with orange liqueur, honey and mint.

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Spicy Turkey Lettuce Cups with Red Pepper Jelly

No utensils needed for serving these spicy lettuce cups. Trisha uses apricot preserves for quick red pepper jelly, which is added straight into the turkey mixture and can also be served alongside as a condiment. 

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Morel Mushroom Sauce

Morel mushrooms are one of the most delicious—and fleeting—signs of spring, and this one-pan dish is a decadent way to usher in the new season. In it, tender whole chicken legs are finished in a creamy sauce that's layered with the flavors of morels, herbs and white wine. Round out the meal with a salad of mixed greens, oven-roasted potatoes or rice pilaf for an impressive dinner-party menu.

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