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!
Roasted pumpkin takes on plenty of toasty flavours - add melting cheese and this soup is truly sensational!
Creamy mascarpone, luscious caramel, crunchy hazelnuts: this is a truly memorable dessert combining very special flavours and textures.
Traditionally we use butter to enrich mashed potatoes, but try this Italian-inspired version using garlicky olive oil. It's brilliant with roasted and grilled meats and fish.
Camembert and mussels are both staple ingredients in Normandy, which is where this recipe drew its inspiration. It may sound unusual but you'll be surprised by just how good it is!
Salmon fishcakes are such a treat, yet are amazingly easy to make: just red salmon and creamy mashed potato in a crisp coating. The sauce perfectly complements the fish too...
The earthiness of mushrooms and porcini is complemented superbly by the toasty nuttiness of Madeira to give you a soup, made from a bought mushroom sauce, that can be served at even the most luxurious meal.
Venison, porter, port and pickled walnuts...there's something decidedly Dickensian-sounding about the main ingredients in this luscious stew. Marinating the meat the night before, then slow braising maximises flavour.
Fish and spinach go remarkably well together and nowhere better than in this luscious supper dish, full of creamy cheese sauce, herbs and fish topped with Parmesan breadcrumbs.
These heavenly little trifles are actually an assembly job with plenty of tropical flavours: rum-soaked sponge, bananas, mangoes and pineapple, topped with a vanilla-infused layer of mascarpone and custard. Who could resist?
Trout are amazingly good value and make a wonderful supper dish in the spring and summer months. Here Delia has combined the fish with butter, creme fraiche and chives for an unforgettable fishy treat.
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