December 26, 2022

Dinner Party Mains Meant to Impress your Guests 

From simple crowd-pleasing recipes to impressive special occasion dishes, get inspired by these exceptional entrées that will have your dinner guests asking for more.

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Make your dinner party a breeze with these no-fuss main dish recipes. When inviting guests over for a meal, you want to find the right balance between something special, yet simple and delicious. Whether you opt for a slow-roasted main course, an exceptional seafood entrée, or a full-flavored salad, these recipes are a perfect way to impress friends or family at your next dinner party. 

Alaska Coho Salmon on Baked Celery Cream with Root Vegetable and Sautéed Spinach 

This refined, gluten-free entrée hits the sweet spot between simple, yet special. The recipe title may sound intimidating, but we promise, the ingredients are worth mentioning! Alaska salmon is always a treat, accompanied by a lovely sellerie cream, flavorful sauteed spinach and an array of root vegetables. This rich serving of seafood is the perfect main course for a sophisticated dinner with guests.

Walnut Balsamic Spinach Salad

If you’re looking for something lighter to serve at your dinner party, try this classic spinach salad dressed up with crunchy, candied California walnuts. Chunks of tangy blue cheese, rich prosciutto, and juicy pomegranate arils give the dish a fresh taste and make it extra interesting. The refreshing dish is topped with slices of pear to add a touch of fruitiness. For a larger party, go ahead and double the recipe as it only serves four people.

Brisket with Pomegranate-Walnut Sauce and Pistachio Gremolata

Enjoy tender U.S. Beef with this juicy brisket. The meat is marinated for 24 hours before it is slowly roasted in the oven. This dish works great with roasted potatoes as a side. Everything gets topped with a sweet and salty pomegranate-walnut sauce and a delicious pistachio gremolata. With this rich and flavorful dinner you’re set to impress your family and friends at your next dinner-party.

Cranberry Pesto Spaghetti with Basil

This veggie dish is the perfect fit for a warm summer evening or simply if you are craving a mediterranean ambiente. Spaghetti, homemade pesto and freshly grated parmesan remind of the Mediterranean while tangy U.S. cranberries give the dish a fresh note that perfectly balances out the olive oil and cheese. Leftover pine nuts from making the pesto can be lightly toasted and sprinkled on top to give a nice crunch. The beauty of this meal also lies in its easy preparation. This cranberry pesto spaghetti recipe can be made in advance, so you don’t have to leave your guests waiting for too long.

Pecan-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce

Nicely seasoned meat with a tender texture is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This encrusted prime rib recipe, submitted by Bobby Parrish, pairs quality meat with American Pecans for added flavor and crunch. Seasoned with whole garlic cloves, rosemary and freshly ground spices, this dish is bursting with flavor and will leave your guests wanting more. Serve this juicy roast alongside a horseradish cream sauce for an elevated main dish that’s perfect for entertaining during the holidays and beyond.

Fine dine and don’t forget the wine

Most of these recipes pair very well with a glass (or two) of wine. For fish, pasta, and salad try a light white wine like California Chardonnay or Syrah. Roasted Beef pairs best with red wines like Pinot Noir or Zinfandel from California. So, gather your friends and family around the table, pour a glass of wine, bring out the tasty entrées and enjoy. The only thing left to consider is dessert

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