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20 easy recipes for a Dinner Party

Whether you're looking for a slow-roasted centrepiece, shared platter, or easy finger food, we've got a recipe to help make hosting a dinner party a breeze. Try these dinner party main course ideas for fuss-free entertaining.

Herb & Caper Lamb Cutlets on Pea, Spinach & Lemon Crush

There’s something a little bit special about serving lamb rack at a dinner party – it’s such a great looking cut, so tender and loaded with flavour. There’s no need to feel daunted when you cook it – just follow a few key steps (see this video for a step-by-step guide) and it couldn’t be easier. This meal is perfect for entertaining; it’s simple to make, visually impressive and absolutely delicious. And because it’s such a small cut, it cooks quickly so you won’t be in the kitchen all afternoon preparing. Brillant.

Lamb Meatballs with Hummus

Spiced New Zealand Lamb Meatballs and Hummus are a perfect match. The soft and silky hummus combines beautifully with the flavoursome and juicy lamb. This surprisingly easy recipe is visually stunning and the definition of late summer dinner party perfection!



Slow Roast Beef with Fines Herbes Pesto

The fuss-free nature of this roast beef dish makes it a favourite for entertaining. While it's finishing cooking, simply reheat the cream-loaded potato gratin, then all that's required is a salad or a bowl of steaming hot, buttered seasonal greens to accompany.

Red Wine & Minty Lamb Shanks

These lamb shanks are slowly cooked in a delicious sauce until they fall apart. Red wine paired with whole grain mustard, fresh mint and honey combine to create a sauce with a wonderful depth of flavour. We also added baby carrots to the slow cooker which caramelised beautifully in the sauce. Serve shanks on a kumara and potato mash for a guaranteed dinner party winner.

Barbecued Eye Fillet with Carrots, Eggplant & Israeli Couscous Salad

Soak up the balmy summer air and enjoy the company of friends and family whilst you barbecue. This recipe pairs the eye fillet with a colourful vegetable and couscous salad, drizzled with a punchy herb dressing.

Paprika Spiced Cutlets

Barbecue these lamb cutlets and top with a generous dollop of homemade smoked paprika mayonnaise, for the perfect starter.

Rare Beef and Roast Potato Stack with Horseradish Walnut Aioli

Rare beef, hot crispy potatoes, and nutty aioli that packs a punch to make a great little canape to get your party started too. Top bite-sized roast potato slices with a piece of beef, some slow-roasted tomato and the horseradish aioli

Balsamic & Tomato Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks

Make this beautiful dish to impress at your next dinner party. The simple flavours marry together to give a rich and flavoursome sauce that will leave everyone wanting more.


Steaks with Romesco Sauce

Use up the last of the late summer/early autumn tomatoes and peppers to make a batch of Romesco sauce for a tasty accompaniment to serve atop steaks. A popular Spanish sauce, there are many variations and this is ours. It's a great hassle-free option for a dinner party.


Rubbed Beef Fillet with Two Salsas

A recipe to spice up the traditional steaks on the barbecue. Both salsas complement the beef beautifully, yet offer very different combinations of flavour. We suggest keeping a jar of these on hand over the barbecue season - our guess is you'll be enjoying them on a range of meals!

Steak and Wedges with Homemade Vegetable Sauce

This recipe is perfect for a mid-week meal and we love serving it on a platter which is perfect for dinner parties. If you want to make things even easier, we suggest making up the vegetable sauce the day before and reheat before use.


Mini Meat Loaves

These meat loaves are a great option for a dinner party. You can serve them as an entree or for a main course, serve alongside a leafy green salad and some potatoes.

Herb Stuffed Butterflied Leg of Lamb

This recipe has been tried and tested and believe us, it's perfect for feeding a crowd. The lamb is meltingly tender and the herb stuffing adds bursts of flavour not to mention beautiful colour to the dish. But the best part? It's quick, which means more time to spend with family and friends.

Slow Cooked Pulled Lamb

The shoulder has an incredible flavour, and cooking it on a low heat for a long time gives you beautifully tender meat that falls off the bone. Smothered in a rich gravy from the cooking juices, you’ll be in heaven with this meal. And the best part is it’s dead simple to make.

Standing Beef Rib Roast with Smoked Cheddar & Chive Mash

This is a special cut of beef to roast – it’s essentially a piece of scotch fillet with the bone left in, and the texture and flavour is simply unbeatable. If you can’t find it in-store, ask your butcher. Because it’s so visually impressive with those great bones, it’s a knockout dish to serve when you’re entertaining – and easy to prepare as well.

Rib Eye Steaks with Hot Smashed Potatoes

Surprise your guests with something a little more special than what you would normally barbecue. This is the ultimate recipe for when you want to impress without spending too long standing over the grill. Serve alongside smashed potatoes with aromatic rosemary and garlic to complement the beef perfectly.

Lamb Shoulder with Zesty Orzo Salad

This recipe is perfect for a dinner party. It uses a semi-boned lamb shoulder which you can ask your butcher for, or you can use a standard lamb shoulder which will give the same delicious result.

Sirloin on Seed Crackers with Horseradish Crème Fraiche

We love this combination of barbecued sirloin and horseradish crème fraiche. Serve on crisp seed crackers or store-bought blinis for a perfect starting platter.

Lambs Fry Pâté

Don’t let the name put you off, this pate is creamy deliciousness. It makes a huge batch, perfect for freezing and pulling out to complement a platter or to serve on toast alongside soup.

Ragout on Pappardelle

Revive your taste buds with our easy to prepare ragout. With all the ingredients combined in a casserole dish, let the oven take care of the rest. Enjoy meltingly tender beef on-top of cooked pappardelle and sprinkled with thyme leaves.

Posted by Shawn Moodie

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