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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Mussel and Saffron SoupServes 4

Mussel and Saffron Soup

Mussels are so cheap yet are often overlooked by home cooks. Use them in this fragrant soup, made golden with saffron, for a wonderful dinner-party recipe. Nowadays mussels come ready-cleaned, so it's made in minutes!

 
 
Jacket Potato Wedges with Melting Cheese and Spring OnionServes 4

Jacket Potato Wedges with Melting Cheese and Spring Onion

Potato wedges are a good way of maximising the fibre and nutritious elements of a potato but can be bland. These wedges are anything but - melted cheese and spring onions make them special enough for a buffet.

 
 
St Stephen's PuddingServes 4

St Stephen's Pudding

This lovely traditional Christmas pudding is a good bet for those who don't like the richness of a traditional plum pudding, yet still want the elements of it - steaming, apples, raisins - in their Christmas Day dessert.

 
 
Meringues with Summer FruitServes 8

Meringues with Summer Fruit

Once you know how, meringues are the easiest thing to make and can be used in recipes from Eton mess to petits monts blancs and pavlova. They're also a great way to use up leftover egg whites from other recipes...

 
 
Preparing the Roast Bronze Free-range Turkey with Traditional Pork, Sage and Onion StuffingServes 8 (with plenty left over)

Preparing the Roast Bronze Free-range Turkey with Traditional Pork, Sage and Onion Stuffing

If you want a golden, succulent, flavourful turkey at Christmas, with a superb stuffing, there really is no other recipe to use than this one!

 
 
Souffled Arbroath Smokie CreamsServes 8 as a starter

Souffled Arbroath Smokie Creams

Although these creams may look ultra-indulgent they are easy to make and can be frozen, so make the perfect luxurious starter for a special occasion.

 
 
Perfect Mashed PotatoServes 4

Perfect Mashed Potato

No lumps or watery potato here: with Delia's help you will make perfect mash every time as long as you follow a few simple rules. Once you've mastered it, what could be better with your suppertime sausages?

 
 
Decorating the Prune and Armagnac Creole CakeCovers an 8 inch (20 cm) cake

Decorating the Prune and Armagnac Creole Cake

This beautiful cake makes a welcome change from a standard fruit cake at Christmas, but is still full of boozy fruit and flavour!

 
 
Spiced Fig Pudding with Cumberland Rum ButterServes 6

Spiced Fig Pudding with Cumberland Rum Butter

Those who aren't too keen on a traditional rich, dark Christmas pud may find this lighter, spicier version more to their liking.

 
 
Spiced Cranberry ChutneyMakes 2 x 1 lb (350 ml) capacity jars

Spiced Cranberry Chutney

Make this a month before Christmas so that the flavours can mature: brilliant with cheeses and cold meats.

 
 
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