25 Dinner Party Recipes

25 Dinner Party Recipes

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When I arrived at the party, the last thing I expected was to be thrust into the spotlight. As soon as I walked in, the emcee caught sight of me and exclaimed, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a culinary master in our midst!” Before I knew it, I was being ushered into the kitchen by a swarm of eager partygoers.

They bombarded me with requests for dishes from the impressive spread they had prepared, hoping I could recreate some of the mouthwatering recipes. With a quick scan of the ingredients on hand, I nodded confidently and set to work, whipping up everything from creamy garlic shrimp alfredo to baked ziti with roasted vegetables.

By the end of the night, I had won over the entire party with my culinary skills. As guests departed, many pulled me aside, insisting I share the recipes that had stolen the show. Little did they know, I was an expert at recreating delectable party fare.

1. Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna Rolls

Bold, cheesy, and saucy lasagna flavors in a portable roll format.

Ingredients: Lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, eggs, parsley, garlic, tomato sauce, olive oil

  • Cook lasagna noodles al dente and lay flat to cool
  • Mix ricotta, eggs, parsley, garlic, and parmesan
  • Spread ricotta mixture on each noodle and roll up
  • Pour tomato sauce in baking dish and place rolled noodles in sauce
  • Top with mozzarella and bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

2. Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Gooey, cheesy baked pasta with a robust tomato sauce.

Ingredients: Ziti pasta, ground beef, onion, garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, basil, olive oil

  • Cook ziti al dente and set aside
  • Sauté onion and garlic, add ground beef and cook through
  • Add tomatoes, sauce, basil and simmer
  • Toss cooked ziti with sauce and half the cheeses
  • Transfer to baking dish, top with remaining cheese
  • Bake at 375°F for 25-30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

3. Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

A rich, deeply flavorful French beef stew with red wine.

Ingredients: Beef chuck, bacon, carrots, pearl onions, mushrooms, red wine, beef broth, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, butter, flour

  • Sear beef in batches until browned
  • Cook bacon, then vegetables in bacon fat
  • Deglaze pan with wine and reduce
  • Add broth, herbs, bacon and beef back to pot
  • Simmer 1.5-2 hours until beef is very tender
  • Make a roux with butter and flour
  • Whisk roux into stew to thicken gravy

 Total Time: 3 hours

4. Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta

 Bright lemon and garlicky shrimp tossed in a buttery pasta.

Ingredients: Shrimp, spaghetti, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, red pepper flakes, butter, parmesan

  • Boil spaghetti until al dente
  • Sauté garlic and red pepper in olive oil briefly
  • Add shrimp and cook until pink and opaque
  • Add lemon zest, juice, parsley and butter
  • Toss spaghetti in shrimp lemon sauce
  • Garnish with parmesan

Total Time: 30 minutes

5. Creamy Chicken Marsala

Creamy Chicken Marsala

Tender chicken and mushrooms in a rich, savory marsala wine sauce.

Ingredients: Chicken breast, mushrooms, marsala wine, chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, shallots, parsley, butter, flour

  • Pound chicken to 1/4″ thickness and season
  • Dredge chicken in flour and sauté in butter until golden
  • Cook mushrooms and shallots in same pan
  • Deglaze pan with marsala wine
  • Add broth and heavy cream, simmer to thicken sauce
  • Return chicken to sauce and heat through
  • Garnish with parsley Total

Time: 45 minutes

6. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Juicy chicken breasts stuffed with a flavorful spinach and feta filling.

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, frozen spinach, feta, garlic, cream cheese, breadcrumbs, olive oil, lemon

  • Thaw and drain spinach, mix with feta, garlic, cream cheese
  • Carefully stuff spinach mixture under chicken breast skin
  • Coat stuffed chicken in breadcrumbs
  • Bake at 400°F for 25-30 minutes until chicken is 165°F
  • Squeeze lemon juice over chicken before serving

Total Time: 1 hour

7. Honey Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Honey Baked Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze

Sweet and sticky brown sugar honey glaze on a juicy, smoky ham.

Ingredients: Fully cooked ham, brown sugar, honey, Dijon mustard, cinnamon, cloves, aluminum foil (not compulsory)

  • Score ham in a diamond pattern
  • Mix together brown sugar, honey, mustard, and spices
  • Bake ham at 325°F for 1.5-2 hours
  • Brush ham every 30 minutes with glaze
  • Let ham rest 15 minutes before slicing

Total Time: 2.5 hours

8. Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Vegetable Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna noodles stuffed with ricotta and veggies instead of meat.

Ingredients: Lasagna noodles, ricotta, mozzarella, zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, marinara sauce, basil, garlic

  • Cook lasagna noodles al dente
  • Sauté zucchini, mushrooms, garlic, and spinach
  • Mix ricotta with sautéed veggies
  • Spread veggie ricotta onto noodles and roll up
  • Place rolls in baking dish with marinara sauce
  • Top with mozzarella and bake at 375°F for 30 mins

Total Time: 1 hour

9. Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Succulent, perfectly cooked beef tenderloin with a velvety red wine gravy.

Ingredients: Beef tenderloin, butter, shallots, mushrooms, red wine, beef broth, thyme, flour

  • Tie tenderloin with kitchen string and rub with salt/pepper
  • Sear tenderloin in a hot skillet with butter
  • Roast at 400°F until desired doneness (125°F for rare)
  • In same skillet, sauté shallots and mushrooms
  • Deglaze pan with red wine, scraping browned bits
  • Add broth and thyme, simmer to reduce
  • Make a roux with butter and flour, whisk into sauce

Total Time: 1.5 hours

10. Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Alfredo

Fettuccine tossed with garlicky, creamy alfredo and plump sautéed shrimp.

Ingredients: Shrimp, fettuccine, butter, garlic, heavy cream, parmesan, parsley, lemon

  • Boil fettuccine until al dente and drain
  • Sauté garlic and shrimp in butter until cooked through
  • Add heavy cream and parmesan, simmer until thickened
  • Toss fettuccine in alfredo sauce with shrimp
  • Garnish with parsley and lemon zest Total Time: 30 minutes

11. Baked Salmon with Herb Butter

Baked Salmon with Herb Butter

Tender, flaky salmon baked with a flavorful herb compound butter.

Ingredients: Salmon fillets, butter, parsley, dill, lemon zest, garlic, panko breadcrumbs

  • Make compound butter by mixing softened butter with parsley, dill, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper
  • Place salmon fillets in a baking dish and top with compound butter
  • Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs over the top
  • Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes until salmon is opaque in center

Total Time: 25 minutes

12. Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Creamy Mushroom Risotto

Decadent, savory arborio rice cooked with mushrooms in a creamy parmesan broth.

Ingredients: Arborio rice, mushrooms, shallots, garlic, chicken or veggie broth, white wine, parmesan, butter

  • Sauté shallots and mushrooms in butter or olive oil
  • Add rice and toast for 2 minutes, coating in oil
  • Add white wine and simmer until absorbed
  • Slowly add hot broth 1 cup at a time, stirring constantly until absorbed before adding more
  • Finish by stirring in parmesan and remaining butter

Total Time: 1 hour

13. Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken breasts stuffed with ham and swiss, breaded and baked to crispy perfection.

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, ham, swiss cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs, flour, butter, panko breadcrumbs

  • Pound chicken to 1/4″ thickness and season
  • Place ham and cheese on each breast and roll/secure with toothpicks
  • Dip rolled chicken in flour, egg, and breadcrumb mixture
  • Place in baking dish and top with melted butter and panko
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes until chicken is 165°F Total Time: 1 hour

14. Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Roasted Vegetables

Ziti pasta baked with roasted veggies in a tomato sauce topped with melty cheese.

Ingredients: Ziti pasta, bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, garlic, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan

  • Roast diced veggies tossed in olive oil at 400F for 20 min
  • Cook ziti al dente and mix with roasted veggies
  • Make tomato sauce by sautéing garlic and tomatoes
  • Combine ziti/veggie mix and sauce in baking dish
  • Top with mozzarella and parmesan
  • Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until bubbling
    Total Time: 1 hour

15. Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff

Tender beef and mushrooms in a creamy, savory sauce over egg noodles.

Ingredients: Beef sirloin, mushrooms, onions, beef broth, sour cream, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, egg noodles

  • Cut beef into strips and sear in batches until browned
  • Sauté onions and mushrooms in the same pan
  • Deglaze pan with broth and add mustard, Worcestershire
  • Return beef to pan and simmer until very tender
  • Remove from heat and stir in sour cream
  • Serve beef stroganoff over cooked egg noodles

Total Time: 1 hour

16. Shrimp Scampi over Linguine

Shrimp Scampi over Linguine

Garlicky, buttery shrimp with linguine in a white wine sauce.

Ingredients: Shrimp, linguine, butter, olive oil, garlic, white wine, lemon, parsley, red pepper flakes

  • Boil linguine al dente and drain
  • Sauté garlic and red pepper flakes in butter and oil briefly
  • Add shrimp and white wine, simmer until shrimp is opaque
  • Remove shrimp and let sauce reduce slightly
  • Toss in cooked linguine, shrimp, parsley and lemon juice
  • Serve with lemon wedges Total Time: 30 minutes

17. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce

Sweet squash ravioli coated in a nutty, aromatic sage brown butter sauce.

Ingredients: Butternut squash ravioli, butter, sage, walnuts, parmesan, nutmeg

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the ravioli
  • In a skillet, cook butter over medium heat until browned and nutty
  • Add sage leaves and cook for 1 minute until crisp
  • Remove sage to a plate and add walnuts to brown butter
  • Cook ravioli according to package, reserving 1 cup pasta water
  • Toss cooked ravioli with browned butter sauce and pasta water as needed
  • Top with crispy sage, walnuts, parmesan and nutmeg Total Time: 30 minutes

18. Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Meltingly tender beef simmered for hours with vegetables in rich beef gravy.

Ingredients: Beef chuck roast, carrots, potatoes, onions, beef broth, red wine, tomato paste, thyme, rosemary

  • Season the beef roast with salt and pepper
  • Heat oil in a skillet and sear beef on all sides until browned
  • Place seared beef in slow cooker and top with vegetables
  • Whisk together broth, wine, tomato paste and herbs
  • Pour broth mixture over beef and veggies
  • Cook on low for 8-10 hours until beef shreds easily Total Time: 8-10 hours

19. Vegetable Stir Fry over Quinoa

Vegetable Stir Fry over Quinoa

A vibrant, healthy mix of stir-fried veggies and quinoa in a teriyaki sauce.

Ingredients: Bell peppers, broccoli, snap peas, carrots, garlic, quinoa, teriyaki sauce, sesame oil, sliced almonds

  • Cook quinoa according to package instructions
  • Heat sesame oil in a wok or skillet over high heat
  • Stir fry the garlic for 30 seconds, then add veggies
  • Pour in teriyaki sauce and stir fry for 5-7 minutes
  • Serve vegetable stir fry over bed of fluffy quinoa
  • Garnish with sliced almonds
    Total Time: 30 minutes

20. Baked Cod with Lemon and Dill

Baked Cod with Lemon and Dill

Light, flaky cod fillets baked with bright lemon and fresh dill.

Ingredients: Cod fillets, olive oil, lemon, dill, panko breadcrumbs, butter

  • Pat cod fillets dry and brush with olive oil and lemon juice
  • Mix panko breadcrumbs with melted butter and chopped dill
  • Press cod into the breadcrumb mixture to coat the top
  • Bake at 400°F for 12-15 minutes until cod is opaque and flaky
  • Serve with lemon wedges and extra chopped dill

Total Time: 25 minutes

21. Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

Layers of crispy breaded eggplant with cheese and tomato sauce.

Ingredients: Eggplant, breadcrumbs, eggs, parmesan, mozzarella, marinara sauce, basil

  • Slice eggplant into 1/2″ thick rounds and sprinkle with salt to release moisture
  • Dip eggplant slices in egg, then breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan
  • Fry eggplant slices until golden brown
  • Layer a baking dish with sauce, eggplant slices, and cheeses
  • Repeat layers ending with cheese on top
  • Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes until hot and melty

Total Time: 1.5 hours

22. Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Juicy chicken breasts smothered in a creamy garlic parmesan sauce.

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, garlic, shallots, chicken broth, heavy cream, parmesan, thyme

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper
  • Cook chicken breasts until browned on both sides in oil or butter
  • Remove chicken and sauté shallots and garlic in same pan
  • Deglaze pan with broth, scraping up browned bits
  • Add heavy cream, parmesan and thyme, let sauce thicken
  • Return chicken to sauce and simmer for 5 more minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

23. Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Layers of tortillas, black beans, vegetables and enchilada sauce baked into a cheesy casserole.

Ingredients: Corn tortillas, black beans, bell peppers, onion, jalapeño, enchilada sauce, cheddar cheese, cilantro

  • Sauté diced peppers, onion and jalapeño until tender
  • In a baking dish, cover the bottom with enchilada sauce
  • Top with a layer of overlapping tortillas
  • Layer with black beans, sauteed veggies and more sauce
  • Repeat layers ending with a tortilla layer
  • Top with shredded cheese
  • Bake at 375°F for 30-35 minutes until hot and melty
  • Garnish with cilantro Total Time: 1 hour

24. Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze

Juicy pork tenderloin coated in a tangy-sweet balsamic reduction.

Ingredients: Pork tenderloins, olive oil, garlic, balsamic vinegar, honey, rosemary

  • Pat pork dry and season all over with salt, pepper, rosemary
  • Sear tenderloin all over in hot olive oil until browned
  • Roast at 400°F for 15-20 minutes until just past 145°F internal temp
  • In a saucepan, simmer balsamic vinegar and honey until reduced by half
  • Brush pork all over with balsamic glaze
  • Let pork rest 5-10 minutes before slicing Total Time: 45 minutes

25. Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

Marinated beef and veggies threaded onto skewers and char-grilled.

Ingredients: Beef sirloin, zucchini, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs, lime 

  • Make marinade with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, oregano, thyme, salt & pepper
  • Cut beef and veggies into 1-inch cubes and marinate 30+ mins
  • Thread beef and veggies alternately onto metal skewers
  • Grill kabobs over high heat, turning occasionally until beef reaches 130°F
  • Brush kabobs with remaining marinade while grilling

 Total Time: 1 hour


In the days following the party, my inbox was flooded with messages from guests seeking the recipes that had dazzled their taste buds. I happily obliged, sharing the step-by-step instructions for crafting everything from the rich, deeply flavored beef bourguignon to the decadent butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce.

As I hit send on each email, I couldn’t help but smile, knowing that these tried-and-true party recipes would soon be gracing tables and delighting palates all across town. It was a true testament to the power of good food to bring people together and create lasting memories.

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