Scallops with Brussels Sprouts, Bacon and Orange

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

If you can, try to use scallops that haven't been frozen, otherwise they may leak too much water and end up poached rather than fried.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.




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