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!
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!
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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
Soft and smooth, the perfect combination for mashed potatoes, we also have a low-fat version too.
This beautiful cake makes a welcome change from a standard fruit cake at Christmas, but is still full of boozy fruit and flavour!
Those who aren't too keen on a traditional rich, dark Christmas pud may find this lighter, spicier version more to their liking.
Make this a month before Christmas so that the flavours can mature: brilliant with cheeses and cold meats.
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