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.

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.

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.

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.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The exquisite combination of salt, chocolate and caramel has risen to the height of pastry fashion in the past few years.

Smoked Mackerel and Goat's Cheese Soufflé

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Cheese soufflé is a classic and not nearly as scary a dinner party prospect as you might imagine. This version, with goat's cheese and smoked mackerel, is a fantastic variation on the theme.

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.

Chilled Avocado Soup with Red and Yellow Pepper and Coriander Salsa

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The vivid colours of this soup make it a perfect dish for a dazzling dinner party.

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.

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.




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