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Do you have a great dinner party recipe for 4?

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berri Thu 06-Aug-09 19:26:44

I don't want to spend all night in the kitchen!

I was thinking of having a mozzerella, basil & tom salad seeing as I've already got the mozzerella, but I need a great main.

It'd be great if I could do most of the prep earlier in the day but I can't think of anything 'posh' enough!

Any ideas?

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 06-Aug-09 19:29:16

I love chicken breast stuffed with boursin and wrapped in parma ham or pancetta, with new potatoes and salad is lovely or asparagus or fine beans.

Alternatively pork loin medallions in a cream, white wine and wholegrain mustard sauce with rice is nice.

bottletopbill Thu 06-Aug-09 19:56:14

Great starter, I'd go for a recipe I saw on tv last night - Luxury macoronic cheese!

cook macoroni
gently fry some shallots, pancetta and some artichockes.

Make a mornay sauce, season with salt and pepper.

Mix macoroni, pancetta and artichokes together and mix in the mornay sauce

Put in an oven proof dish and cover whole top with sliced fresh tomatoes and grate over some parmasen cheese.

Can all be pre-prepared beforehand - just pop in oven 25 mins before serving.

Serve with a fresh green salad

Melon and fresh figs for dessert

berri Thu 06-Aug-09 20:13:00

Ooh both those are good, thank you. Might be a good idea to go with the italian theme seeing as my starter is along those lines....

wahwahwah Thu 06-Aug-09 20:14:02

Risotto. Always risotto. Love it. Secret is loads of wine and use porcini mushrooms.

berri Thu 06-Aug-09 20:29:15

I've never done risotto before blush, isn't it a bit tricky? I don't want to serve up a big bowl of mush!

BonsoirAnna Thu 06-Aug-09 20:36:12

Risotto only works as a starter (and, tbh, it is a starter) because it needs a lot of last minute attention.

Since it is very hot, how about carpaccio? With rocket and parmesan, and some really good olive oil?

Mintyy Thu 06-Aug-09 20:53:17

The chicken and chickpea tagine thingy in Nigella's How To Eat is really really lovely - and cook in advance.

haventsleptforayear Thu 06-Aug-09 21:04:35

Do you a recipe link Mintyy?

berri Thu 06-Aug-09 21:24:55

Do you need a tagine, or can you use something else?

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