10 Easy and Elegant Dinner-Party Recipes for Non-Cooks

Even if you have no confidence in the kitchen, you can pull off these easy appetizers, entrees and desserts and impress your dinner guests.

Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber Rounds

Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber Rounds

mycarolinakitchen.blogspot.com

This crunchy, fresh, crowd-pleasing appetizer can be put together a few hours in advance and kept in the refrigerator until guests arrive. Use a melon baller to carve out a cucumber slice so it can hold a dollop of smoked salmon seasoned with Dijon mustard, lemon juice and herbs.

Get the recipe at My Carolina Kitchen 

Baked Brie Bites

Baked Brie Bites

iowagirleats.com

Creamy brie cheese melts into flaky pastry shells to make these addictive appetizers. Fill puff-pastry cups from the supermarket freezer aisle with cubes of brie, bake for 15 minutes, and top with various jams or fruit butters and chopped fruit or nuts.

Get the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks With Figs and Pesto Mayo Dipping Sauce

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks With Figs and Pesto Mayo Dipping Sauce

jasonandshawnda.com

This tasty hors d’oeuvre is super-simple but makes for a spectacular presentation. Twirl thin slices of prosciutto around long, thin grissini breadsticks and serve with quartered fresh figs and pesto-mayonnaise dip. If you don’t want to make your own grissini, you can easily sub in storebought breadsticks.

Get the recipe at Confessions of a Foodie Bride 

Balsamic Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

Balsamic Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

julieseatsandtreats.com

This juicy roast with baby carrots and potatoes takes just 15 minutes to put together, then cooks for eight hours in the crockpot. Because the beef and veggies all cook together, there’s no struggle to get all the elements table-ready at the same time.

Get the recipe at Julie’s Eats & Treats

Chicken and Greens with Wine and Bacon

Chicken and Greens with Wine and Bacon

wearychef.com

It takes just 40 minutes from start to finish to make this luscious chicken with collard greens, wine and bacon. Everything cooks in the same skillet—then just serve it over brown rice for a totally mouthwatering dinner.

Get the recipe at Weary Chef

Farro Risotto

Farro Risotto

foodfanatic.com

Perfect as a side dish or as an entree for vegetarian guests, this creamy risotto is made with nutty farro grain and loaded with mushrooms, onion and garlic.

Get the recipe at Food Fanatic

Easy Beef Enchiladas

Easy Beef Enchiladas

formulamom.com

To make these decadent beef enchiladas, roll browned ground beef in soft tortillas and drench with a mixture of picante sauce and shredded sharp cheddar, then bake for 20 minutes. Top the enchiladas with sour cream and chopped green onions, and you’re done.

Get the recipe at Formula: Mom 

Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

ladybehindthecurtain.com

Turn premade biscuit dough and a tub of storebought whipped cream into these super-cute deconstructed strawberry shortcake skewers.

Get the recipe at Lady Behind the Curtain

Chocolate Mousse Ramekin

Chocolate Mousse Ramekin

itsoverflowing.com

Can anyone ever resist chocolate mousse? This fast and easy recipe uses only five ingredients. Serve the mousse in individual ramekins--if you have them—for extra impact.

Get the recipe at It’s Overflowing

 

Grilled Peaches with Ricotta Cheese

Grilled Peaches with Ricotta Cheese

savorysweetlife.com

Warm, syrupy peaches look gorgeous when plated with a dollop of fresh ricotta cheese, a drizzle of balsamic and brown sugar sauce, and a sprig of mint.

Get the recipe at Savory Sweet Life

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