Dinner Party Recipes

What's for dinner? It's the perennial question -- and when it comes to dinner parties, it's even trickier. We've got dinner party recipe ideas to take you from weeknight-casual to formal occasions and every type of gathering in between. Start with menu planning: Our tips take the stress out of party prep so you can get out of the kitchen and enjoy the company of your guests. Use our checklist to keep track of (and check off) those to-dos. When siblings, in-laws, or other family members drop by, turn to our easy menus for casual gatherings with tried-and-true family favorites. For a more spectacular showing, make any of the amazing recipes from our elegant buffet menu or Mexican patio party ideas. If you're looking to round out a meal or for a dish you can take to a dinner party, peruse our crowd-pleasing side-dish recipes. Each idea is partyworthy and will garner rave reviews.

Ground red pepper gives these appetizer crab cakes a bit of kick.

Spunky Cajun seasoning, velvety black beans, and colorful vegetables keep this...

Serve the seasoned broiled shrimp with the homemade mayonnaise dressing for a...

The full flavor of catfish is a good choice for this well-seasoned fish dinner...

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Halves of romaine lettuce get a smoky flavor when grilled. Served with...

Grilled chicken, shrimp, sausage, and vegetables make for a complete meal on a...

Tomato-infused rice perfectly complements the seafood in this Southern-style...

Put everything but the shrimp into your slow cooker and let it go for the day....

This traditional Cajun catfish and sweet pepper sandwich makes a quick and eas...

Milk replaces cream in this low-fat version of an easy-to-fix classic. Serve...

This low-calorie recipe includes everything necessary to call this Cajun recip...

Cook shrimp in an herbed tomato sauce and toss with spaghetti for a tasty...

Jambalaya is the Louisiana version of Spanish paella. The name comes from the...

This saucy fish and rice combo was made famous in New Orleans. Halibut and...

23 Potato Recipes Worthy of Your Next Party

Baked, smashed, roasted, or fried -- it's hard to go wrong with potatoes. Plus...

Family Favorites for Sunday Supper

Celebrate the Sunday dinner tradition with these hearty dishes, all featuring ...

Elegant Dinner Party Buffet

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We've made it easy to indulge your houseguests with two days of classic recipe...

Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet potato recipes have it all: twice-baked, casseroles, and even sweet...

A New Orleans favorite, this hefty sandwich is typically served on a baguette....

Special Occasion BBQ

A Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade barbecue menu means a quick, easy meal you'll be...

Pretty Victorian Table Setting

Arrange a scene that says devotion with flowers.

Chilled gazpacho is perfect for hot summer nights. We've added fish to turn it...

Parmesan cheese and ground pecans are the flavor-makers in this crumb-coated...

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