Tips for Dinner Parties

How to feed an extra guest


Add stock, wine or cream to extend soup without spoiling the flavour.


Depending on the type of casserole, add a tin of sweetcorn, kidney beans, tomatoes or other suitable ingredients. A dash of wine will make the juices go farther without watering them down.


If there’s no time to cook an extra portion, heat and stir in a tin of drained kidney beans or chick peas, or mix toasted almonds, cashews or peanuts.


If you are not sure a dessert will stretch to an extra portion, offer a bowl of fresh fruit as an alternative.


Most supermarkets now sell part-baked bread and rolls which can be kept in a freezer until you need them. They will bake within minutes in an emergency.

Making a roast go farther

A roast will usually stretch to another portion if necessary, and extra vegetables will help to eke out a small joint. You could also open a packet of stuffing, add a few nuts or chopped dried fruit, and bake it in the oven to accompany the meat.

Savoury snacks and nibbles


Blend together an avocado, lemon juice, garlic and a dash of chilli sauce. Puree until smooth, add a roughly chopped tomato, blend again and season.

Stuffed cherry tomatoes

Cut off the tops of the tomatoes, scoop out the insides with a teaspoon and fill with seasoned and mashed avocado or a cream-cheese mix.

Tips for Dinner Parties

Savoury sticks

Small pieces of contrasting foods speared on a cocktail stick make a delicious mouthful. Try thinly sliced smoked ham wrapped around cubes of melon, whole unpeeled prawns with a stuffed green olive, or peppered salami wrapped around Feta or Mozzarella cheese.


For easy entertaining, try these dips, served with crunchy vegetable slices or pitta bread.

• Plain yoghurt, wholegrain mustard and salt and pepper to taste.

• Fresh chopped herbs such as basil, chives or parsley mixed into fromage frais and seasoned with black pepper.

• Cream cheese with a handful of chopped walnuts and a little mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce.

• Equal quantities of peanut butter and Cheddar cheese gently melted with a little curry paste and served hot.

• Stilton or other blue cheese crumbled into cream or mayonnaise and seasoned with black pepper.

14. October 2013 by admin
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