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!
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.
This is one of the best combinations of salad ingredients ever invented. Slick restaurants often attempt to do trendy versions with salmon, char-grilled tuna and the like, but the original reigns supreme.
One of Delia's most popular salmon recipes - and it's easy to see why. The fish cooks to moist perfection in the oven while you rustle up a sublime creme fraiche and avocado sauce. A brilliant party recipe.
Quick and easy this pork recipe is so impressive that no one will believe what a doddle it is to make. The sauce is just wonderful and can be served with any pork recipe, or roast beef.
Using crab in these rosti is a brilliant idea as the richness of the crab meat is offset by the potato and the crispy result is totally irresistible. Serve them with Delia's Pickled Limes.
Not for nothing do the French refer to the British as 'les rosbifs' - this superlative roast, with traditional trimmings of Yorkshire pudding and horseradish, sums up the best of our classic dishes.
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