Roast Loin of Lamb with a Spicy Rub

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The loin is the most tender cut of lamb with a meltingly soft texture.

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.

Roast Duck Legs

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

This recipe really couldn’t be easier!

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.

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.

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.

Almond Meringue with Apricot Purée

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The apricot purée is also divine served with natural yoghurt as a quick snack or for breakfast. It can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container and will keep for up to a week.

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.

Chicken Liver Pâté with Sweet Apple Relish

From: Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties

The combination of port, brandy and thyme gives this rich, smooth pâté bags of flavour - fabulous as a dinner party starter on toast, crusty bread or thin crackers and with a dollop of the sweet apple relish.

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.




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