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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Baked Salmon and Sorrel CreamsServes 6 as a starter

Baked Salmon and Sorrel Creams

These lovely, light creams are best made in early summer when sorrel is in season - or grown your own if you prefer. Sorrel adds a lemony lightness to recipes and goes really well with salmon but if you can't find it, use spinach instead.

 
 
Savoury Feta CheesecakeServes 6-8

Savoury Feta Cheesecake

Yes, it's unusual for a cheesecake to be savoury rather than sweet, but try to suspend disbelief and we can promise you'll enjoy this light and summery concoction, which will also please vegetarians if it's on the menu.

 
 
Summer Fruit Compôte scented with Lemon GrassServes 6

Summer Fruit Compôte scented with Lemon Grass

Predominantly fruit, this is a healthy summery dessert to serve to dieters who often feel they miss out on the pudding front. You can use any fruit combination you like - the lemon grass adds a subtle and intriguing element.

 
 
Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing and Marsala SauceServes 4

Chicken Breasts with Wild Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing and Marsala Sauce

With its porcini mushroom and bacon stuffing and unctuous Marsala sauce, this elegant recipe is perfect for entertaining and, although it looks super-luxurious, it's actually quick and easy to cook.

 
 
Individual Sussex Pond Puddings with Lemon Butter SauceServes 6

Individual Sussex Pond Puddings with Lemon Butter Sauce

A real classic, this dessert is wintry and wonderful: dip your spoon into the soft sponge to release a pool of lemony sauce at the bottom. What could be better?

 
 
Chocolate Fudge CakeServes 6-8

Chocolate Fudge Cake

Wholemeal flour adds lightness to this stunning, classic cake - and of course you can kid yourself that it's a healthy option too! What could be better with a cup of tea?

 
 
Gammon and Broad Beans with Spring Onion and Chive SauceServes 4-6

Gammon and Broad Beans with Spring Onion and Chive Sauce

This marvellous recipe exploits that wonderful culinary marriage of pork and beans, here coupled with a creamy spring onion and chive sauce. We defy anyone not to love it!

 
 
Poached Pheasant with CeleryServes 2

Poached Pheasant with Celery

Pheasant and celery have long been culinary bedfellows and in this beautiful recipe they are joined by light stock, herbs and a creamy sauce, allowing you to make the most of the game season with a very English dish.

 
 
Caribbean Banana and Raisin StrudelServes 6

Caribbean Banana and Raisin Strudel

Rum-soaked fruit and bananas are combined in filo pastry for this wonderful strudel, which looks hugely impressive when served. Add some vanilla ice cream for a dessert to die for!

 
 
Hot Smoked Salmon with Leeks and MustardServes 2

Hot Smoked Salmon with Leeks and Mustard

A luxurious combination, this one, and easy as pie: an indulgent supper dish for two with the mustard cutting through the richness of the salmon.

 
 
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