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50 Casual Dinner Party Menu Ideas

Take the stress out of hosting with these casual dinner party menu ideas. They're just right for any easy-going meal with friends.

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Favorite Company CasseroleTaste of Home

Favorite Company Casserole

My guests like this casserole even if they don't usually like all the ingredients in it! For instance, people who don't care for broccoli don't mind it in this dish. And I like the way it's so easy to make and serve when company comes. —Suzann Verdun, Lisle, Illinois

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Pleasing Potato PizzaTaste of Home

Pleasing Potato Pizza

I first heard of this distinctive pizza after a friend tried it at a restaurant. It inspired me to come up with my own recipe. The way the slices disappear, there’s no doubt about this pizza’s potatoey goodness. —Barbara Zimmer, Wanless, Manitoba

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So-Tender Swiss SteakTaste of Home

So-Tender Swiss Steak

This fork-tender Swiss steak with rich gravy was an often-requested main dish around our house when I was growing up. Mom took pride in preparing scrumptious, hearty meals like this for our family and guests. —Linda McGinty, Parma, Ohio

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Moist Cranberry Pork RoastTaste of Home

Moist Cranberry Pork Roast

I love to serve this tender, flavorful pork to guests. You don’t have to toil away in the kitchen to prepare it, yet it tastes like a gourmet meal. —Kimberley Scasny, Douglasville, Georgia

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Calgary Stampede RibsTaste of Home

Calgary Stampede Ribs

"More, please!" is what I hear when I serve these zippy, finger-licking ribs to family or guests. The first time my husband and I tried them, we pronounced them the best ever. The recipe has its roots in the Calgary Stampede, an annual Western culture festival and exhibition in our province. —Marian Misik, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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Turkey in Cream SauceTaste of Home

Turkey in Cream Sauce

I've been relying on this recipe for tender turkey since I first moved out on my own years ago. I serve it whenever I invite new guests to the house, and I'm constantly writing out the recipe. —Kathy-Jo Winterbottom, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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Puff Pastry Chicken BundlesTaste of Home

Puff Pastry Chicken Bundles

Inside these golden puff pastry "packages", chicken breasts rolled with spinach, herbed cream cheese and walnuts are a savory surprise. I like to serve this elegant entree when we have guests or are celebrating a holiday or special occasion. -Brad Moritz, Limerick, Pennsylvania

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Beef 'n' Rice EnchiladasTaste of Home

Beef 'n' Rice Enchiladas

When there are young children in the house, you want foods that are a snap to prepare. Loaded with ground beef, cheese and a flavorful rice mix, these enchiladas fit the bill. But they’re so good that I make them to serve to company, too. —Jennifer Smith, Colona, Illinois

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Angel Hair Shrimp BakeTaste of Home

Angel Hair Shrimp Bake

Shrimp pairs beautifully with the herbs, salsa and three kinds of cheese in this baked angel hair pasta casserole. The shrimp make this dish special enough for a guests, but your family is sure to enjoy it, too. —Susan Davidson, Elm Grove, Wisconsin

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Herb-Brined Cornish Game HensTaste of Home

Herb-Brined Cornish Game Hens

Instead of a turkey or a big roast, why not serve individual Cornish game hens for the holidays? They cook in a fraction of the time and they're guaranteed to impress all your guests. —Shannon Roum, Cudahy, Wisconsin

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Pepper-Crusted Sirloin RoastTaste of Home

Pepper-Crusted Sirloin Roast

Guests will be surprised to hear this festive entree only calls for five ingredients. It's the perfect choice when feeding a large group.

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Creamy Chicken EnchiladasTaste of Home

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

My daughter has the best sour cream and cream cheese chicken enchiladas recipe I've ever tried. She brought 10 pans of it to my wedding reception and they were the biggest hit of all the food. So many guests wanted the recipe, we sent it out with our Christmas cards. —Pat Coffee, Kingston, Washington

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Ham & Cheese CasserolesTaste of Home

Ham & Cheese Casseroles

I got this recipe from my mother and love it because it’s easy and I’ve usually got the ingredients on hand. It freezes well, so I can have an extra ham and cheese casserole handy for when guests show up. Everyone always likes it; there are never leftovers. —Jan Schoshke, Brookville, Kansas

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Salmon with Brown Sugar GlazeTaste of Home

Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze

I was not a salmon lover until I tried this recipe. Now it is one of my favorite dishes to serve friends. —Rachel Garcia, Arlington, Virginia

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Romano Basil Turkey BreastTaste of Home

Romano Basil Turkey Breast

Guests will be impressed when you slice this golden, grilled turkey breast, dressed up with a flavorful layer of basil and cheese under the skin. —Darlene Markham, Rochester, New York

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Roadside Diner Cheeseburger QuicheTaste of Home

Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche

My savory main-dish quiche tastes just like its burger counterpart. Easy and appealing, this cheeseburger quiche is pretty enough to serve guests. —Barbara J. Miller, Oakdale, Minnesota

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Spice-Brined Pork RoastTaste of Home

Spice-Brined Pork Roast

This brined and barbecued pork roast is unbelievable moist. Adding seasonings to the coals produces an awesome aroma that draws guests to the grill!—Lorraine Schroeder, Albany, Oregon

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Beef Enchilada Lasagna CasseroleTaste of Home

Beef Enchilada Lasagna Casserole

“Whenever I make this cheesy layered casserole, my guests rave about it and ask for the recipe. I serve it with French bread or toasted garlic bread.” —Charlene Griffin, Minocqua, Wisconsin

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Chicken Thighs with SausageTaste of Home

Chicken Thighs with Sausage

Whether you’re serving your family or special guests, this comforting entree hits the spot on cold winter nights. —Joanna Iovino, Kings Park, New York

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Golden Apricot-Glazed Turkey BreastTaste of Home

Golden Apricot-Glazed Turkey Breast

Basted with a simple glaze, this wonderfully moist and tender turkey bakes to a lovely golden brown. Make it the centerpiece of your holiday table; guests will be glad you did. —Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas

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Easy Beef-Stuffed ShellsTaste of Home

Easy Beef-Stuffed Shells

Here’s a rich and comforting dish that’s terrific right away or made ahead and baked the next day. Pesto makes a surprising filling for these stuffed shells with meat sauce. —Blair Lonergan, Rochelle, Virginia

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Garden Chicken CacciatoreTaste of Home

Garden Chicken Cacciatore

Here’s the perfect Italian meal to serve company. While simmering, it frees you up to visit with your guests and always receives rave reviews! I like to serve it with hot cooked pasta, a tossed salad and a dry red wine. Mangia! —Martha Schirmacher, Sterling Heights, Michigan

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Beer-Braised StewTaste of Home

Beer-Braised Stew

Guests will take one bite of this savory stew and immediately know something is different. And they'll never guess the secret ingredient is beer! Serve this with a loaf of freshly baked bread and everyone will be happy. —Geri Faustich, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Sausage RatatouilleTaste of Home

Sausage Ratatouille

You’ll feel like Ratatouille’s great chef Remy when you serve this veggie-packed dish party guests will rave about. Don’t let the ingredient list fool you: Pantry staples and an easy-cook method make this one a cinch. —Janine Freeman, Blaine, Washington

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Gorgonzola Beef WellingtonsTaste of Home

Gorgonzola Beef Wellingtons

Your guests will certainly be impressed when you serve Wellingtons. Besides being a wonderful, special entree, it is so easy on the cook. Most of it can be prepared a day ahead and it bakes in 20 minutes.—Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

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Salmon and Goat Cheese CrepesTaste of Home

Salmon and Goat Cheese Crepes

Homemade crepes filled with a fabulous goat cheese cream and topped with smoked salmon add a real "wow" factor to a brunch table. The flavors will impress your guests.—

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Italian Meatball KabobsTaste of Home

Italian Meatball Kabobs

When the temperatures are high, and so is your craving for Italian fare, turn to these deliciously different kabobs. A green salad and rustic bread are all you'll need to complete this summer meal. —Marie Rizzio, Interlochen, Michigan

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Tomato, Sausage & Cheddar Bread PuddingTaste of Home

Tomato, Sausage & Cheddar Bread Pudding

This savory dish is the perfect excuse to have bread pudding as the main meal, not merely afterward as dessert. — Holly Jones, Kennesaw, Georgia

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Sausage Ravioli LasagnaTaste of Home

Sausage Ravioli Lasagna

Here’s a hearty entree that’ll have guests kissing the cook! You can easily alter it to please any palate—using ground beef or turkey for the sausage or beef ravioli instead of cheese. —Nicole Gazzo, Bondurant, Iowa

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Beef Bolognese with LinguineTaste of Home

Beef Bolognese with Linguine

After much research, tasting and tweaking, I finally came up with this beef bolognese recipe, based on a dish from an Italian restaurant where I worked. It’s perfect for feeding a house full of guests. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey

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Phyllo-Layered PastichioTaste of Home

Phyllo-Layered Pastichio

My grandfather always made pastichio on special occasions or when we had guests coming for dinner. I cherish the happy memories I have of him teaching me how to cook one of his signature dishes. —Tina Waisman, Safety Harbor, Florida

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Garlic Lover's Beef StewTaste of Home

Garlic Lover's Beef Stew

Wine gives a mellow flavor to this beef and carrot stew. We like to serve it over mashed potatoes, but you could also use noodles. —Alissa Brown, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

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Lime-Chipotle Carnitas TostadasTaste of Home

Lime-Chipotle Carnitas Tostadas

Here's a terrific recipe for your next weeknight dinner. Set out various toppings and garnishes so your family members can customize their own tostadas with the lime-kissed shredded pork. —Jan Valdez, Chicago, Illinois

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Slow-Cooker Cheesy White LasagnaTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Cheesy White Lasagna

Here’s my best version of my favorite food—lasagna! The recipe is a winner, so it’s worth the extra prep. You’ll have plenty of time to plan side dishes while the main dish is cooking. —Suzanne Smith, Bluffton, Indiana

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Shredded Beef Burrito FillingTaste of Home

Shredded Beef Burrito Filling

Make your next office party a taco bar or burrito bar! Set out the beef in the slow cooker on warm, along with tortillas, bowls of shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and chopped lettuce, jalapenos, onions and tomatoes. For a variation, I make Beef & Bean burritos by mixing a can of refried beans into 3 or 4 cups of cooked beef filling. —Hope Wasylenki, Gahanna, Ohio

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Beef Brisket TacosTaste of Home

Beef Brisket Tacos

Birthday parties back home were big gatherings of cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and anyone else we considered family. As soon as guests arrived, hot pans of shredded brisket, or carne deshebrada, appeared, along with frijoles, tostadas, salsas and huge bowls of salad. Brisket was the dish we always counted on because it could be made in the oven or a slow cooker. —Yvette Marquez, Littleton, Colorado Muy Bueno Recipes + Stories

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Slow-Cooker Short Rib Ragu over PappardelleTaste of Home

Slow-Cooker Short Rib Ragu over Pappardelle

An irresistible sauce gives this beef another dimension of flavor. Nearly any starchy side, such as potatoes or polenta, will work in place of the pasta. Short ribs are my crowd-pleaser weekend meal for all occasions. —Missy Raho, Morristown, New Jersey

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Easy Taco CupsTaste of Home

Easy Taco Cups

These zesty little cups rank high on my list of favorites because they’re fast, easy and delicious! They make a fantastic finger food for parties, and guests have fun selecting their desired toppings. —Ashley Jarvies, Manassa, CO

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Tuscan Grapes and SausagesTaste of Home

Tuscan Grapes and Sausages

This recipe is one of my go-tos when entertaining. It's simple, elegant and you can entertain your guests instead of spending the entire time in the kitchen. It is always a crowd pleaser and everyone always asks for the recipe. The whole pieces of garlic in this dish become so sweet, a lovely complement to the sweet grapes and spicy sausage. I serve this over rustic hand-mashed red potatoes. —Melissa Zienter, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Easy Stuffed ShellsTaste of Home

Easy Stuffed Shells

I threw this recipe together one day when we had unexpected guests. It was an immediate hit and is now a family favorite. Get the kids involved when putting together this simple, savory dish. —Dolores Betchner, Cudahy, Wisconsin

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