Chicken Confit

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

It is usually duck legs that are cooked in this way, but all fowl taste pretty good cooked in half a litre of duck fat!

Decadent Mushroom Tart

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

Porcini are one of the most prized mushrooms. They are dried for preservation and when rehydrated in water they bestow their powerful, almost meaty flavour to the liquid. This tart uses that liquid and other mushrooms, as well as the porcini themselves, so it is crammed with mushroom flavour.

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.

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.

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.

Roast Duck Legs

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This recipe really couldn’t be easier!

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.

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.

Peach Jelly Pannacotta Pots

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This divine dessert is a twist on the classic combination of peaches and cream. The bright translucent fruit jelly looks gorgeous perched on the rich smooth pannacotta.




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