Beef Wellington

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

If I have time, I like to place the Beef Wellington parcels in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to cooking so that the pastry is very cold before going into the oven.

Blackberry Mousse

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This is a gorgeous autumnal dessert with a wonderful pink colour. It’s also a great excuse to go out foraging for blackberries!

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.

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.

Zesty Pine Nut-Crusted Fish with Salsa Verde

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Pine nuts are such a versatile ingredient, they can add texture and depth to anything from couscous or salads to pestos and even tarts.

Crab Bisque

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

You can either buy cooked crab meat or to cook your own. Serve the soup as a starter or for lunch with crusty bread.

Poached Monkfish with Tomato, Sherry Vinegar and Toasted Hazelnut Salsa

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Poached monkfish is quite easy to cook when entertaining as it just needs a few minutes in boiling, salted water, and can be prepared in advance.

Sesame and Mint Chickpea Pancakes

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The pancakes contrast perfectly with the moist and crunchy salad, while the mint brings a real freshness.

Coq au Vin

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Like most stews, this can be made in advance and will taste even better reheated the next day.

Blueberry and Custard Tart

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This is a great vegetarian dessert for summer entertaining. The pastry can be made a day in advance of filling and serving, and if you'd rather use raspberries, there's nothing to stop you.




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