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Food For Entertaining
Expecting guests this weekend? Never fear, these easy entertaining recipes will ensure that everyone is well fed and you are stress-free.
Oysters with cucumber and fennel vinaigrette
Fresh oysters in summer are the ultimate canape.
Eggplant, fennel and burrata rye bruschetta
This fresh and easy vegetarian recipe makes for the perfect midweek meal.
Trade up the tomato for this smoked salmon and zucchini bruschetta
The ultimate easy starter is right here, with crunchy bruschetta dressed to impress.
Olive oil strudel, ricotta, zucchini and pancetta
Nothing says Italian like good-quality olive oil.
Pistachio and labneh dip with garlic Turkish bread
This is one recipe that’s bound to impress the guests at your next party.
Pumpkin hummus with minced prawns and za’atar
Perfect as a starter or lighter option, this recipe is great for entertaining. Recipe by chef Paul Wilson, of Wilson & Market.
Smoky miso baba ghanoush
Masterchef judge George Calombaris uses the barbecue to add a smoky twist to this classic dip.
Smoked salmon choux puffs
These smoked salmon bites are the perfect canape for your next party.
This goats cheese and borlotti crostini is the ultimate beans on toast
“You could use kale or cavolo nero in place of the silverbeet,” says Silvia Colloca.
Buffalo ricotta and basil zucchini flowers with prosecco
Italian bubbles make a feather-light batter for this smart yet straightforward starter.
Broad bean, feta and toasted sesame hummus
An Ottolenghi-style feta dip, perfect to kick off a late lunch this summer.
Spring fattoush with pea hummus and smoky prawns
Welcome the sunshine with this fresh spring dish.
Mandarin and pickled chilli oysters
Bring a fresh citrus zing to your next dinner party with this sensational seafood recipe.
Get your crispy pastry hit from this braised leek and feta tart
Shortcrust pastry also works well here if that’s all you have to hand.
Ottolenghi-inspired labneh with fried chickpeas in garlic butter
This creamy, garlicky mediterranean inspired dip is full of flavour and perfect as the starter to your next long lunch.
The new and improved cob dip you need this summer
MasterChef 2015 winner Billie McKay’s barramundi cob dip puts a modern twist on the ‘80s Aussie barbecue classic. Whip it out at your next get-together for smiles all-round.
These bite-sized tarts are the perfect canape for your next long lunch.
Champagne-battered zucchini flowers with cheese
What’s better than zucchini flowers? Champagne-battered zucchini flowers, thats what. These are a must-make next time you’re entertaining.
Elevate your oysters with this easy mignonette dressing
Nothing brings the wows at a dinner party like a platter of oysters.
Steamed scallops with pickled carrots
This simple canapé is made better by using the best scallops possible (these may need to be ordered in advance). If scallops are unavailable substitute cooked and peeled prawns.
Kylie Kwong’s deep-fried battered prawns with sweet chilli sauce
Serve up these prawns as a starter at your next party and we guarantee there won’t be any leftovers.
Stuffed portobello mushrooms with taleggio
Halve the recipe to serve it as an entree, or serve as part of a finger food menu at your next party. However you serve them, you’re bound to enjoy it.
Make the most of seasonal produce with this tangy beetroot dip.
Tomato conserva bruschetta
A twist on the traditional bruschetta that makes a perfect starter for any party. Recipe by the team at Sydney’s Cornersmith cafe.
Hummus with spicy chorizo and green chilli relish
The spicy hummus recipe that will give a little zing to your Christmas leftover menu.
Scallops with champagne sage butter and capers
These scallops are bound to impress at your next dinner party.
George Calombaris’ carrot tzatziki
“This dip is made with some pretty simple ingredients, but it is so important to roast your garlic before you use it. Roasting removes the astringent flavour that can be a little overpowering. There is nothing worse than going out for meal and tasting it again the next day, if you know what I mean.” George Calombaris
Zucchini and goat’s cheese pizza
This vegetarian pizza is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Sweet potato hummus
This is such a simple combination, mainly chickpeas and sweet potato, but it’s so damn tasty. The onions are really an optional addition, but they bring an extra sweetness and crunch to the dish. Once you’ve tried this, have a go adding other vegetables – carrot, pumpkin, cauliflower and artichoke all work well. This is an edited extract from The Blue Ducks in the Country by Darren Robertson and Mark Labrooy (Pan Macmillan, RRP $39.99). Available in stores nationally.
Jamie Oliver’s spaghetti with broad bean pesto
Broad beans are a rich source of protein and folic acid. This is a simple recipe you can whip up for a midweek meal. The pesto is also great as a dip served with crudites, says Jamie.
Crumbed fish balls with green sambal
Serve as a starter or part of a main meal. Use a 200g fillet of Spanish mackerel if you can’t find blue mackerel. This recipe makes extra spice mix – keep remainder in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks, says O Tama. Recipe by O Tama Carey, from Lankan Filling Station.
Spiced sweet potato dip with crisp flatbread
When served with toasted flatbread and crisp witlof leaves, bright, fruity, spicy sweet potato makes a great starter with drinks.
Chorizo and onion goat’s cheese blinis
These blinis make the perfect canape to serve at any party. Be sure to make plenty as they won’t last long.
Cauliflower and lamb ‘not quite falafel’
Whether served as a meal, or as a part of a serving platter, these ‘not quite felafel’ will go down a treat.
Chicken and haloumi skewers with crispy oregano and lemon
A quick canapé that will be a real crowd please and have everyone going back for seconds.
Chicken liver parfait with cafe de Paris butter
Step up your starter game with this parfait. Guaranteed to bring a bit of class to your next occasion.
Colin Fassnidge’s lamb and harissa sausage rolls
Everyone loves a party sausage roll and there is no way to please a crowd more than to serve up homemade ones. Here’s a recipe that will impress.
Mackerel toast with salad
These mackerel toasts make for a unique and tasty snack or starter and are perfect for a weekend barbecue with your friends and family. Recipe by Mary’s bar duo Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham.
Chicken, taro and glass noodle spring rolls (por pia od)
Bring an Asian street food vibe to your next party with these spring rolls. This recipe is an extract from Luke Nguyen’s latest cookbook, Street Food Asia.
Ottolenghi’s easy pea and mint croquettes
Feeling inspired by MasterChef’s Ottolenghi’s creations? Try your hand at these easy to make croquettes that’ll make you the true master of the house.
Cheese and onion flatbread pizzas
Set the tone for your favourite British dish with these tasty cheese and onion flatbread starters by Michel-starred Jason Atherton.
Silvia Colloca’s Italian-style prawn gratin with lemon and parsley
This simple recipe by Silvia Colloca produces a striking show-stopper of a dish that may be served as a starter or light lunch. You can replace the tiger prawns with scampi for a more extravagant version of this delightful dish.
Andrew McConnell’s Sichuan pork dumplings
It really just doesn’t get any better than these dumplings. Recipe by Andrew McConnell, of Melbourne’s Ricky & Pinky.
Leek, cheese and mushroom pithivier
This is anything but your ordinary vegetable pie. Guaranteed to wow the family every time.
This super easy guacamole with spiced cucumber is our favourite snack right now
This guilt-free guacamole means you have our permission to have as much as you want.
Grilled corn with manchego, lime and paprika
These grilled corns are perfect when served as a side for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Serve alongside other Mexican dishes for the ultimate feast.
Matt Moran’s stuffed mushrooms
A quick, meat-free midweek dinner idea that’s on the table in under half an hour.
Pizza with peperonata
Make the pizza dough (or use store bought bases) and peperonata in advance to have a quick and delicious dinner ready in minutes.
Cauliflower pizza with zucchini pesto
Looking for comfort food without the carbs? Try this healthy cauliflower pizza, topped with a fresh zucchini pesto and roasted vegetables.