Baked Beetroot Risotto with Parmesan Crisps

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

With its amazing deep pink colour, this is a fun-looking dish with a seriously delicious taste. A risotto cooked in the traditional way can be a pain to prepare for a party. You have to be on hand to stir the stock constantly into the rice when you'd much rather be dazzling your guests with witty repartee. This baked recipe offers an easy alternative to all that stirring. For added convenience, the beetroot can be cooked up to two days in advance and the Parmesan crisps be kept for up to eight hours, if stored in an airtight box.

Chocolate Crèmes Brûlées

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

My brother-in-law makes this divine chocolate variation of the classic crème brûlée. It is such a pleasing thing to eat, using your spoon to break the crisp sugar barrier to invade the creamy chocolate custard it protects.

Thai Chicken Cakes with Sweet Chilli Jam

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The sweet chilli jam is a perfect accompaniment to the Thai flavours in the chicken cakes.

Roasted Vegetable Coconut Curry

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Making your own curry paste only takes a few minutes and the complex depth of flavour means it’s always worth doing.

Coffee Zabaglione with Tuiles Biscuits

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

If you love coffee, you will adore this intense dessert. I like to serve it in glasses with tuiles biscuits on the side. Any leftover tuiles can be stored in an airtight container, where they will keep for a couple of days.

Spinach Soup with Rosemary Oil

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The aromatic flavour of rosemary, drizzled as an oil over this soup, works to perfection with spinach.

Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cake

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Rhubarb and ginger is one of my favourite flavour pairings. The gentle spiciness of the ginger perfectly marries with the sweet-sour nature of rhubarb.

Southeast Asian Grilled Fish

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

If you are cooking this dish for quite a few people, you can lay the fish on an oiled oven tray, drizzle a little oil over the top of each fish, and cook under a hot grill for 3–5 minutes on each side or until the skin is crispy and the fish opaque all the way through.

Steak au Poivre

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

One of my favourite ways to serve steak is this traditional French bistro method. Pepper, a seasoning that often hides in the background barely noticed, is thrust onto centre stage. Where normally we grind peppercorns into a fine powder, here they are left in larger chunks so you notice the flavour and texture as well as the heat.

Raspberry Millefeuille

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This is a wonderfully light dessert of puff pastry layered with cream and raspberry. It looks very grand and impressive, so do serve it at the table as it looks best before it is sliced.




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