25 Recipes for Entertaining

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No more toiling over recipes for hours, no more feeling like you’re always making the same dishes when you have friends over. We have some great recipes that will impress your guests.

Get out your best tablecloth and stemware, because we have concocted a ton of 3-course menu ideas to serve your guests in style. Mix and match from our suggestions below:

- the appetizer
- the main course
- the dessert

The Appetizer: The Opening Act

Don't skimp on the appetizer. It can even serve as a meal! Whether you choose a classic appetizer before a main dish or just an appetizer buffet, appetizers are a delicacy that we wouldn’t want to go without. For instance, a good homemade hummus is much better than a bag of chips or mixed nuts.

Italian Antipasto Platter

Burrata Cheese, Prosciutto, Cherry Tomatoes, Artichokes, Arugula, Olive oil

Caprese Bruschetta

Country-style bread, Tomatoes, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil, Olive oil

Baked Brie with Baby Potatoes

Brie, Baby Potatoes

Homemade Hummus Plate

Chickpeas, Lemon, Garlic, Shallots, Cumin, Olive oil

Veggie Quesadillas

Tortillas, Cheddar, Avocado, Sour Cream, Oil

Garlic Bread

Baguette, Garlic, Parsley, Butter

Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Salad

Cantaloupe, Prosciutto, Basil, olive oil

Crispy Filo & Goat Cheese Bites with Salad

Mixed Baby Greens, Filo Pastry, Goat Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, Mustard, Honey

The Main Course: The Star of the Show

The main course, the one you wait for impatiently while sipping your drink and demolishing the appetizers. At Jow, we like to share, so we've selected family-style dishes that are sure to please as many people as possible.

Bacon-Wrapped Cod & Butternut Squash Purée

Cod, Bacon, Butternut Squash, Arugula, butter

Leek & Ricotta Lasagna

Lasagna Noodles, Leeks, Ricotta, Parmesan, Heavy Cream, butter

Steak with Mashed Broccoli

Flank Steak, Broccoli, Shallots, Butter

Shrimp & Pea Risotto

Arborio Rice, Shrimp, Veggie Broth, Shallot, Parmesan, White Wine, Peas, Olive Oil

Roasted Whole Chicken & Potatoes

Whole Chicken, Baby Potatoes, Butter, Garlic

Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti, Lentils, Crushed Tomatoes, Carrots, Yellow Onion, Olive Oil

Gnocchi with Feta & Mushrooms

Gnocchi, Mushrooms, Feta, Chives, Butter

Harissa Salmon with Couscous

Salmon, Couscous, Harissa, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Parsley, Olive Oil

Sicilian Tuna Pasta

Canned Tuna, Shell Pasta, Capers, Cherry Tomatoes, Olive Oil

The Dessert: The Final Act

The star of the show, whether we’re expecting it or not. Even your friends who have stuffed themselves silly, claiming “not one more bite” will say "well, just a small piece" at the sight of an amazing dessert.

Honey Roasted Pears with Yogurt

Pears, Yogurt, Honey, Sliced Almonds


Coffee, Mascarpone, Ladyfingers, Cocoa

Caramelized Bananas à la Mode

Bananas, Honey, Walnuts, Vanilla Ice Cream, Butter

Cinnamon Apple Tart

Apples, Pie Dough, Applesauce, Cinnamon

Rustic Strawberry Tart

Strawberries, Flour, Butter, Sugar 

Upside-Down Orange Cake

Oranges, Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs

Chocolate Hazelnut-Filled Roll Cake

Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Nutella

Mango-Coconut Sweet Rice

Mangoes, Coconut Milk, Arborio Rice, Sugar