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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A Compote of Figs in Marsala Wine with Mascarpone MousseServes 6

A Compote of Figs in Marsala Wine with Mascarpone Mousse

Elegant and autumnal, this dessert would go down well at the end of a special meal and is simplicity itself to make. Of course, you can use the mascarpone mousse in other recipes too - a great addition to your repertoire!

 
 
A Confit of Cranberries for serving with Game or DuckServes 4

A Confit of Cranberries for serving with Game or Duck

The title says it all and this jewel-like confit is the perfect foil for the richness of game or duck - you could also serve it with cheeses and cold cuts at Christmas as a change from your usual chutney.

 
 
Apple and Almond CrumbleServes 6-8

Apple and Almond Crumble

Crumble has to be one of the best desserts going, and it's so quick and easy to make, especially if you use a food processor to make the topping. This is a true classic…

 
 
Apple, Almond and Mincemeat CrumbleServes 6

Apple, Almond and Mincemeat Crumble

Click on the recipe to reveal Delia's favourite crumble topping - and a filling that would be particularly good at Christmastime, when mincemeat is definitely flavour of the month.

 
 
Apple, Cider Salad with Melted Camembert DressingServes 6 as a starter or 2 as a light lunch

Apple, Cider Salad with Melted Camembert Dressing

As Delia says, this salad is a good one for winter when the summer saladings are but a distant memory. Apples, cider and Camembert are just brilliant together, and this can be served on its own for lunch or as an accompaniment.

 
 
Summer Fruit MillefeuilleServes 6

Summer Fruit Millefeuille

Who can resist such a stunning dessert? To make life easier you can use bought pastry but it's well worth making Delia's quick flaky pastry as it has a wonderful depth of flavour. Use any summer berries you like.

 
 
Potato and Apple RostiServes 4

Potato and Apple Rosti

Particularly good with pork, due to the affinity between that meat and apples, this lovely rosti recipe is one that you will make again and again. The apples also add extra flavour.

 
 
Hot and Sour Pickled PrawnsServes 4 as a starter

Hot and Sour Pickled Prawns

This stunning prawn starter is easy to make and will wow your guests with its intriguing mix of flavours - a wonderful way to start a special meal.

 
 
Hot Chocolate Fudge SundaesServes 6

Hot Chocolate Fudge Sundaes

Although this sublime chocolate dessert includes home-made (and very easy!) vanilla ice cream, if time is short you could always cheat and use a good bought one, then just add the hot chocolate sauce and toppings. Easy!

 
 
Tiger Prawn Risotto with Lobster SauceServes 2

Tiger Prawn Risotto with Lobster Sauce

Prawns, lobster bisque, Gruyere cheese and sherry combine perfectly in this easy cheat's version of a risotto - baked in the oven, so no tedious stirring! Yet what could be more luxurious than this at a special meal for two?

 
 
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