Looking for easy, effortless recipes fit for entertaining? Try our nourishing dishes including roast spatchcock chicken, whole steamed sea bass or celeriac chimichurri salad. Tuck into a cosy dessert with one of our easy dessert recipes and pair your feast with one of our dessert cocktail recipes.


For fuss-free entertaining, check out our our no-oven effortless entertaining ideas and effortless summer dinner party ideas.

Effortless entertaining recipes

Effortless leek fondue toasts

You can cook the leeks, grate the parmesan and make the toast ahead of time in this starter – making it a go-to recipe for entertaining guests.

Eight slices of toast covered in leek on a large plate

Paprika crisps and fennel crudités

Quick and easy paprika crisps and fennel crudités with a mojo verde dip can be ready in 10 minutes, perfect for last-minute entertaining.

Crisps coated in paprika on a platter with fennel and a ramekin of mojo verde

Brown sugar breakfast cake

Begin your day by enjoying a slice of yogurt sponge topped with a luscious swirl of brown sugar buttercream. The beauty of this cake is that it tastes even better the day after baking. It’s also a treat that extends beyond breakfast – serve as a dessert with a dollop of cream.

An iced sheet cake cut into squares with coffee on the side

Hummus platter with all the veg

If you’re looking for an effortless entertaining platter, look no further. Combine hummus with your favourite flavours and serve with veg, focaccia or savoury biscuits.

Platter of hummus with an assortment of vegetables next to savoury biscuits and focaccia slices.

Crab and prawn cocktail rolls

These finger food rolls look really impressive but are simple to whip up, thanks to shop-bought prawn cocktail and brioche buns. Serve with thick-cut crisps and dressed lettuce leaves.

a tray of finger rolls filled with prawn cocktail next to a scattering of crisps


All it takes are three ingredients – anchovies, guindilla peppers and olives – to make this effortless Spanish-style snack.

A selection of olives, peppers and anchovies on cocktail sticks with a bowl of almonds and three glasses of vermouth

Bloody mary prawn lettuce scoops

Serve this simple and speedy prawn cocktail alternative on a large platter in the middle of the table and let everyone dig in.

Bloody Mary prawn lettuce scoops

Dressed eggs

Present a tray of devilled eggs to a hungry crowd: there are three different toppings here, but the possibilities are endless – we've used nori flakes, sesame seeds and spring onion curls; urfa chilli flakes, coriander leaves and chopped toasted almonds; and chives, fish roe and radish slices.

Plate of devilled eggs with toppings

Bao bun fillings

Experiment with your choice of bao fillings in this easy entertaining dish – we stuff ours with fish goujons, breaded chicken and sweet potato and top with sweet and sour slaw.

Large plate of filled bao buns

Stuffed vine leaves with dill cream

Ready in under 30 minutes, this summery starter pairs fried stuffed vine leaves with a quick and creamy dill sauce. Serve with plenty of crusty bread for mopping up.

A pan of stuffed vine leaves with toasted nuts on the side

Pomegranate glazed lamb kebabs

This recipe sees shop-bought lamb kebabs served with a simple sweet, sour and sticky homemade chilli jam, making an impressive but effortless BBQ main.

a plate of hummus, salad and lamb kebabs on wooden skewers

Effortless dill butter prawn linguine with chilli crisp fried eggs

Recreate this dill butter prawn linguine for an elegant dinner for two – keep some potted shrimp in the freezer and you’ll always have an instant pasta sauce to hand.

Plate of linguine topped with potted prawns and dill, next to a fried egg with chilli crisp

Baked baby pumpkin with red curry prawns

Cut corners by using red curry paste in this gluten-free main. With only 20 minutes to prep time, it’s perfect for entertaining guests.

Two plates of rice, pickled cucumber and squash filled with prawn curry

'Nduja prawns with focaccia

Simply wrap everything in a foil parcel and in a few minutes you’ve got spicy prawns bathed in their own sauce. An easy BBQ starter that's perfect served with focaccia for mopping up the sauce.

a white bowl of prawns next to a glass of wine and plate of toasted focaccia

Baked feta with roasted grapes and rosemary

With zero prep time required on the day, this simple starter of baked feta with roasted grapes and rosemary makes a fail-safe dinner party starter.

An oval platter filled with cooked cherry tomatoes and a block of feta

Lamb casserole with hash brown top

Give the oven a break with this effortless, rich lamb casserole recipe, topped with crispy hash browns. Serve with a salad or steamed greens.

Lamb casserole in a pot topped with hash browns

Hot smoked salmon, gnocchi and spinach bake

This impressive main cuts corners with ready-made gnocchi and frozen spinach – simply prep the day before then slide into the oven when you're ready to eat.

A deep dish filled with a golden topped bake with a linen napkin and glass of white wine

Spatchcock chicken traybake

Harissa-coated roast chicken meets with crispy chorizo and caramelised orange to make a winning one-tin dinner. Stir the wholegrain basmati rice and spinach through the resting chicken juices and oil from the tray, and tuck in.

A roasting tray filled with roast chicken, rice and orange slices

Spring chicken pie

Use a few cheat’s ingredients to make this comforting chicken and leek pie – perfect if you’re after a filling meal to make ahead of time.

A golden-crusted pie with a creamy chicken filling in a pie dish, with a pink napkin and cutlery

Prawns pil pil

Plump prawns in a deliciously garlicky, spicy oil – a simple recipe that’s perfect for entertaining.

Prawns pil pil

Steamed sea bass with soy

Entertain the easy way by serving this steamed sea bass whole, meaning less prep yet offering impressive results. Cooking en papillote means the fish delicately steams to perfection and you don’t have to stand over it fussing.

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White baking paper topped with a whole steamed sea bass with red chilli and cucumber

Celeriac chimichurri salad

This herby salad cuts corners by using pre-cooked puy lentils and chucking a handful of ingredients into a processor to make a piquant chimichurri dressing.

A black bowl filled with a green chopped salad with feta and croutons

Crudités with chipotle aïoli

This crudité dish requires minimal effort, but the results are impressive – perfect for bringing out at dinner parties over the summer.

A wooden board on a grey stone background flled with vegetable crudités and a small pot of chipotle aïoli with red rippled through

Warm bean dip with chorizo and prawns

Using just four ingredients, this go-to recipe is easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes.

Bowl of white bean dip topped with prawns and mini chorizo sausages

Picnic platter

Turn a few picnic favourites like cheese, chutney, pâté and salami into a no-cook dinner party centrepiece, and finish it off with some quick and easy pickles.

A serving board loaded with bread, cheese, pickles, cured meat and veg, with a knife on a pink background

Burrata and tomato salad

This salad requires minimal effort, but looks impressive – simply pair creamy burrata and sweet, ripe tomatoes with a punchy dressing of olive brine, lemon and black pepper.

A white oval platter filled with burrata, olives and tomato salad on a whitewashed wooden background

Two-tray Christmas dinner

Christmas lunch doesn't have to be complicated: cook everything on oven trays – the turkey, golden roasties, pigs in blankets and all the trimmings – in just two hours.

Quick Christmas dinner

Lemon cream cheese pie

Try our fuss-free cream cheese pies for a spot of weekend baking – simply cut into six squares or 12 fingers to serve.

Stack of lemon and cream cheese pies on a plate

Effortless madeleine 'baba'

Check out our cheat’s version of rum baba. It’s winningly simple, and you can use your favourite rum to make it more special.

Two glass bowls with two madeleines and a dollop of cream next to a jug of syrup

Espresso martini pancakes

These sweet pancakes cut corners with shop-bought ingredients, making entertaining completely fuss-free.

Two plates of pancakes topped with an espresso and salted caramel sauce and a scoop of ice cream

Double chocolate and passion fruit tart

A dessert with wow factor without any of the effort – this zingy tart is unbelievably quick to make thanks to a few ready-made ingredients. It's easy to prepare ahead of time, too.

Double chocolate and passion fruit tart topped with edible gold

Blood orange curd crêpe cake

Use shop-bought crêpes and curd to make this speedy yet impressive blood orange layer cake.

A black cake stand topped with a crepe cake, whipped cream and blood orange slices

Strawberry sgroppino

Dinner party guests will never guess this refreshing strawberry pud takes just five minutes to whip up.

Two coupe glasses filled with red sorbet and sliced strawberries next to two spoons on a marble background

Plum and pistachio frangipane tart

Use a shop-bought block of shortcrust pastry to make this impressive frangipane tart, featuring squidgy plums and crunchy pistachios.

a plum tart on a peach plate with an olive green napkin

Raspberry chocolate pots

Double cream, raspberries and dark chocolate are all you need to make this silky and decadent pud – a restaurant-level dessert with minimal prep required.

Tall glasses filled with chocolate mousse and topped with raspberries on a grey background

Cardamom buns

Our cheat’s version of cardamom buns uses bread mix as a genius shortcut – just add butter and spices for the ultimate swirl bun.

A wooden platter of cardamom buns with a mug of black coffee

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Fill shop-bought brioche buns with velvety ice cream for an easy yet crowd-pleasing sweet treat.

Brioche ice cream sandwiches

Grapefruit and mint syllabub

This super-easy dessert is made with floral rosé wine and sharp, refreshing grapefruit – it may take just 10 minutes to make but will end your dinner on a high note.

A creamy dessert in stemmed glasses topped with lemon peel and mint leaves on a white plate with a pink background

Pomegranate ice cream

Pomegranate molasses adds a fruity, sweet-and-sour smack of flavour to this creamy no-churn ice cream.

A tub of cream-coloured ice cream with pomegranate molasses rippled through, with a silver scoop on a yellow background

Berry tiramisu

It might look impressive but you can whip up this berry tiramisu, made with tart raspberries, rosé wine and creamy mascarpone, in just 15 minutes.

a plate of sponge fingers topped with raspberry coulis and cream with a grey stone background

10 minute berry dessert

This dessert was made for easy entertaining, whipped up in just 10 minutes. And it’s not just limited to frozen berries – try mango and passion fruit (fresh or frozen) or apple or pear purée.

Four glasses filled with berry coulis and topped with yogurt and double cream on plates next to halved ginger biscuits.

Halva topped rice pudding

Cut corners on this warming dessert by using a ready-made rice pudding, which is topped with cinnamon, cardamom and a little orange zest, plus halva and extra cream.

Ramekins of rice pudding topped with halva

Peach melba smashed pavlova

Ready-made meringue nests and custard make this an effortless dessert that's brilliant for entertaining.

A back plate of meringue chunks, peaches, cream and raspberries on a purple background

Grilled peaches, pancakes and ricotta

Ready in just 15 minutes, round off a BBQ feast with this simple dessert of grilled peaches, pancakes and ricotta.

a white plate on a tone surface filled with folded crepes, grilled chunks of peach and thick cream, with a silver fork and green napkin

Tinto de verano granita

Tinto de verano means ‘summer red wine’ – sangria-like but much easier to make. Here it’s frozen into a granita or slushie and doubles as a post-lunch drink

Tinto de verano granita in three separate cups with spoons

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