It’s fair to say that dinner parties have long secured their status as one of the most popular evening pastimes. Come rain or shine, dinner parties are a fantastic affair for you to host, indulge in and celebrate all year round. Cosy up together in a festive ambience, or take your party outdoors and bask in the late evening summer rays. There’s always a forecast (and always an excuse!) to share a succulent home-cooked meal with those closest to you.
Impress your guests and show off your cookery skills with our selection of 8 vegan dinner recipes. Once they catch a glimpse of these show-stopping creations, your friends will be lining up for an invite to your delicious soirée!
Take a cheat night favorite and transform it into a vegan winner. This deep, self-raising pizza dough is made up of a sublime blend of crumble and soft chew. And don’t even get us started on the abundance of creamy vegan butter thrown in for good measure! It may be highly calorific but it’s worth every second – your guests will be in heaven.
If you’ve spent a little too long selecting your choice wine and not left enough time to cook the actual food… this recipe is for you. The sundried tomato and tofu curry is a delicious one pot wonder that can be whipped up in no time at all. Expect a flavoursome mix of caramelised onion and sundried tomato, with garlic and almond wild rice. It’ll have your guests salivating before you even dish up.
Try your hand at ethnic cooking with the vegan Vietnamese feast. Ideal for either dinner party appetiser or light summer dish, this pancake-based delicacy blends tofu, coconut milk and a handful of spring onion and bean sprouts together. If you’re hoping to create a larger spread, the additional recipe of spring rolls has your back. They bulk out the dish perfectly, whilst a signature satay sauce offers a divine dressing to dabble in.
The ultimate winner for foodies of all ages, this gnocchi bake is a cheesy vegan dish popping with bursts of tomato. If you’re expecting kids at your dinner party, you may accidentally end up adopting them – they won’t ever want to eat anywhere else! If your evening is strictly adults-only, however – be sure to add a generous sprinkle of chilli flakes for a delicious kick.
Bring the taste of India to your dining room with our coconut and vegetable curry. Taken from a traditional Rick Stein recipe book, this wholesome, buttery dish will have your guests piling their plates up with seconds… and possibly thirds. Chuck in a mix of al dente cauliflower, carrots, green beans and peas for a tasty crunch, whilst a healthy dose of coconut milk compliments the rice with its creamy texture. Don’t forget to garnish with coriander and you’re all set!
There’s no way you’ll go wrong with a classic pasta dish. What’s more, this artichoke and creamy vegan ravioli, with cashew and spinach pesto, aims to knock the socks off even your most discerning foodie friend. It also comes with a little creative freedom for you to experiment with fillings. Tickle your guests’ taste buds with a tofu, basil, lemon juice and garlic blend.
Artfully create a stellar presentation with this quick and easy chilli polenta burger. Rocket, sundried tomato and creamy garlic, offset by Portobello mushroom smothered in melted vegan cheese, makes for an appetising dream. So much so, your guests will probably think they’ve stumbled into one of Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurants.
An ideal choice for an autumn night or chilly British summer’s eve, this butternut squash and chorizo pot pie is a quintessential home comfort food. Throw in sweet butternut squash, spicy sausage and smoked paprika to create a rich fusion of taste. This versatile recipe also means you can choose to present in either stew or puff pastry pie form – we suggest opting for texture!