Entertaining

Although it's lovely to have friends round for dinner, the last thing you want is to be chained to the kitchen. Delia's recipes for entertaining allow you to prepare ahead, or involve minimal work before serving, so you can have a stress-free, relaxed evening as well!

 
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Aubergines Amalfitane Serves 3-6

Aubergines Amalfitane

This lovely, Italian-inspired aubergine recipe is the essence of late-summer eating and would be a good addition to your barbecue repertoire.

 
 
Asparagus Under WrapsServes 2 as a light lunch or 4 as a starter

Asparagus Under Wraps

Steamed asparagus is wrapped with cheese and ham to produce the most wonderful light meal or starter - a great way to enjoy the short asparagus season in May and June.

 
 
Amaretti Chocolate CakeServes 8

Amaretti Chocolate Cake

Extremely rich and packed with wonderful almondy amaretti flavours, this grown-up cake can just as well be served as a dinner-party dessert, with or without cream.

 
 
All-in-One Baked VegetablesServes 4

All-in-One Baked Vegetables

Who says cooking is difficult? This quick recipe is a great way of cooking several veggies at once - and roasting them retains all the flavour and nutritional value. Wonderful with the Sunday roast!

 
 
A Mixed Grill with Apricot Barbecue GlazeServes 6

A Mixed Grill with Apricot Barbecue Glaze

Use whatever meats you like, and chicken: the most important element is this lovely tangy, fruity glaze that lifts a barbecue into another realm…

 
 
Aligot (Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese)Serves 2

Aligot (Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Cheese)

Traditionally served as an accompaniment to steak, this French version of mashed potato is well worth trying!

 
 
Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese CroutonsServes 4

Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese Croutons

Anchovies, mi-cuit tomatoes, olives, oregano: all strong flavours, but combine them in a processor and you end up with this lovely pate-like result. Spread it on to toasted bread for a type of bruschetta - useful as nibbles at a party.

 
 
A Summer Trifle with Raspberries and Raspberry PureeServes 6

A Summer Trifle with Raspberries and Raspberry Puree

No cooking here - just an assembly job involving ready-made custard, trifle sponges and a few other magic ingredients. You'll end up with a trifle that will be loved by everyone!

 
 
A Terrine of Summer FruitsServes 6-8

A Terrine of Summer Fruits

Juicy, jewel-like summer berries encased in a raspberry jelly – what could be more refreshing on a summer’s day when entertaining? Make it in advance and serve it with cream or, for a truly low-fat option, as it is.

 
 
A Return to the Black Forest Serves 10-12

A Return to the Black Forest

A 1960s' revival here which looks impressive but is actually very easy to make - Delia has a foolproof way of rolling the flour-free roulade and the chocolate curls are child's play.

 
 
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