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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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Sheet-Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken

Everyone needs an easy dinner party recipe. Try this sheet-pan chicken with roasted potatoes for a simple and tasty meal guaranteed to please the whole family. If you use fresh lemon juice, garnish each serving with a little lemon zest for bright flavor. —Andrea Potischman, Menlo Park, California

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Thai Drunken Noodles With Beef Exps Rc21 264389 B09 28 4b

Thai Drunken Noodles with Beef

We raise wagyu beef on our ranch and love to use it in this quick pasta dish. I think it’s better than many of the drunken noodles you get at many Thai restaurants, but I’ll let you and your guests be the judge of that. —Cassandra Butler, Tempe, Arizona
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Baked Feta Pasta

There's a reason this recipe went viral on TikTok! Baked Feta Pasta is about to become a new household favorite. It's simple to throw together and incredibly creamy and delicious. —Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer
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Beef Blue Cheese Tart Exps Gbbz21 84247 B10 20 2b 2

Beef & Blue Cheese Tart

This elegant, rustic recipe goes together in minutes and is so simple. It is perfect when you're entertaining guests! —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida
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Moroccan Apricot Chicken Exps Tohsoda21 250110 E12 11 5b 9

Moroccan Apricot Chicken

Traditionally, Moroccan chicken with apricots includes chili pepper paste, but I use chili sauce in my version. Serve it alone or with couscous for a heartier meal. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Smoked Salmon Pasta

This pasta originally came to be from the miscellaneous ingredients in my fridge, and depending on whom I'm cooking for, it changes a little each time I make it. The recipe makes enough for a party or for leftovers, which is a bonus because it is excellent the next day whether you serve it cold or reheated. —Jackie Hennon, Boise, Idaho
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Chicken Parmesan Pizza

This tasty pizza is the perfect combo—quick and easy to make, and a winner with even picky eaters. It’s a handy option for a family dinner on a busy night or for a casual dinner party. —Karen Wittmeier, Parkland, Florida
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The Best Beef Stew

Our stew has tons of flavor thanks to the herbs, red wine and balsamic vinegar. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Chicken Exps Toham20 238316 E11 06 5b 29

Sheet-Pan Honey Mustard Chicken

This sheet-pan chicken is an easy gluten-free, low-carb meal ideal for busy weekdays or low-key gatherings. The chicken is tender, juicy and so delicious! It’s now on the list of our favorite meals. You can substitute any low-carb vegetable for green beans. —Denise Browning, San Antonio, Texas
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Turkey Cordon Bleu with Alfredo Sauce

This turkey is tender and flavorful, full of smoky ham and melted cheese, but the crispy bacon really sets the dish off. Dinner party guests (and you!) will love it. —Sandy Komisarek, Swanton, Ohio
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Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta Exps Tohas20 245152 F04 10 1b Home 6

Gorgonzola Shrimp Pasta

This creamy pasta dish is so quick and easy. It’s perfect for weeknights, but feels special enough for a dinner party menu. —Robin Haas, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
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Country Chuck Roast With Mushroom Gravy Exps Dodbz20 132000 B07 23 3b 12

Country Chuck Roast with Mushroom Gravy

This tender, savory roast practically melts in your mouth. It looks a bit complex, but the hands-free oven time makes it my go-to company recipe on a cold day. —Mary Kay LaBrie, Clermont, Florida
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Warm Chicken Tortellini Au Gratin Exps Thca18 106616 D01 11 3b 2

Warm Chicken Tortellini Au Gratin

This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s fast and delicious, and paired with a green salad and toasty bread, you have a meal that’s fancy enough for company. —Brenda Cole, Reisterstown, Maryland
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Teriyaki Beef Roast

My father and I created this pot roast with a hint of Japanese flair. It will make your taste buds dance! Try this for your next dinner party. —Mary Flurkey, Golden, Colorado
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Italian Chicken Chardonnay

One day I needed to have dinner ready when we walked in the door after work and school. I altered a skillet dish that my family likes, creating this delicious slow-cooker meal. It's perfect for a weeknight but nice enough for company, too. —Judy Armstrong, Prairieville, Louisiana
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Roasted Tuscan Chicken Dinner Exps Tohescodr21 69364 B03 24 5b 10

Roasted Tuscan Chicken Dinner

When an Italian friend shared many years ago that she often added Italian sausages to her pan of baked chicken, I had to give it a try! The sausages give the chicken an amazing flavor. Over the years, I've turned it into a one-dish meal by adding potatoes, onions and peppers, and it has become a family favorite that I often use for holidays, spur of the moment company and Sunday dinners. —Teri Lindquist, Gurnee, Illinois
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Beef and Barley

I like to serve this to company. I'm not sure where the recipe originated for this country-style dish, but I have had it for years and rely on it when I'm hosting a meal for a group. —Linda Ronk, Melbourne, Florida
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Old Fashioned Chicken Potpie Exps Ft21 10421 F 0910 1

Old-Fashioned Chicken Potpie

Although it uses leftover chicken, this old-fashioned chicken pot pie is a great dinner-party dish. Actually, my husband may enjoy it more than the original roasted bird with all the fixings! —Marilyn Hockey, Lisle, Ontario
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Lemon Rosemary Pork Tenderloin Exps Bmz18 14200 B12 15 5b 2

Lemon-Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

This tender pork is seasoned with a wonderful herb and lemon rub I created. Even my husband, who is a chef, thinks this dish is dinner party-worthy. —Carol Birkemeier, Nashville, Indiana
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Fold Over Tortilla Bake Exps Mtbz18 5912 B03 13 10b 3

Fold-Over Tortilla Bake

Here’s something a little different to shake up taco night. But don’t reserve this zippy dish for a weeknight—it’s perfect for dinner parties and potlucks, too. —Deborah Smith, DeWitt, Nebraska
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Beef And Noodle Casserole Exps Ft22 4243 F 0225 1 13

Beef and Noodle Casserole

When I was working on the local election board in the '50s, one of my co-workers gave me this ground beef casserole with noodles recipe, and it has been a family favorite ever since. It's quick to make for unexpected company or easily doubled for a potluck. —Mary Hinman, Escondido, California
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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 it’s so easy to make and serve when you’re having friends over for dinner. —Suzann Verdun, Lisle, Illinois
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Buffalo Shrimp With Sweet Potato Grits  Exps Rc21 265673 B09 24 11b 6

Buffalo Shrimp with Sweet Potato Grits

Combining three of the South's most treasured dishes, makes for a fast, easy, delicious dish to serve for breakfast or lunch! Shrimp and Grits is classic southern comfort food meal at its best. Spicy shrimp topped on a bed of creamy cheesey grits. But this dish takes it a step further by adding another southern staple- sweat potato! Rich and smooth and thick without heavy cream. One bite and your guests will be smiling ear to ear! —Julie Peterson, Crofton, Maryland
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Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken

This is a family-friendly recipe that even the kids will like. It's easy to prepare and flavorful enough to share with dinner guests. — Sherry Kozlowski, Morgantown, West Virginia
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Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

This elevated pasta with prosciutto and peas will make your guests think you spent all day in the kitchen. It's the perfect holiday dish without a lot of work. —Amy White, Manchester, Connecticut
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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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Beef Osso Bucco

Treat holiday guests to elegant comfort food at its best. Our osso bucco beef boasts a thick, savory sauce complemented by the addition of gremolata, a chopped herb condiment made of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
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Conga Lime Pork Exps Scbz18 118402 C07 27  3b 9

Conga Lime Pork

Dinner guests won’t be too shy to get in line when this yummy chipotle pork moves to the buffet table. —Janice Elder, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Roadside Diner Cheeseburger Quiche Exps Chmz19 47174 B10 26 2b 19

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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Braised Herb Pork Chops

These herb-packed braised pork chops are great for entertaining because it comes together quickly and bakes for 2 hours. While visiting, my guests and I can enjoy the wonderful aroma. —Darci Truax, Billings, Montana
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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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Fruited Pork Chops

Here's one of my favorite slow-cooker recipes. I often prepare these tender chops with pineapple sauce for guests and serve them with brown rice. —Cindy Ragan, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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Chili-ghetti

I came up with this recipe when unexpected guests stopped by and I didn't have enough chili to go around. This spur-of-the-moment main dish is now a family favorite. —Cindy Cuykendall, Skaneateles, New York
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Baked Swiss Chicken

Canned soup, white wine, Swiss cheese and crushed croutons dress up the chicken breasts in this elegant entree. Ideal for unexpected guests, it requires only a few ingredients. The creamy sauce is excellent with garlic mashed potatoes or rice. —Beverly Roberge, Bristol, Connecticut
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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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Pepper Crusted Pork Tenderloin Exps Cwfm18 17993 C10 12 8b 7

Pepper-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Guests will be impressed by this elegant entree and its golden crumb coating with peppery pizazz. The meat slices up so moist and tender, you can serve it without sauce and still have a succulent taste-tempting main dish. —Ellen Riley, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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St. Louis-Style Pizza

Provel cheese and a cracker-thin crust are the hallmarks of this St. Louis-style pizza recipe. Don't forget to cut your pizza as they would in Missouri—square pieces only! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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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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Risotto with Lemon and Spring Vegetables

This dish has the fresh flavors of spring and looks so colorful. It can be made into a vegetarian meal by using vegetable broth and leaving out the ham. Since it's so versatile, you can really use whatever vegetables are in season or what your family prefers. —Mary Lou Timpson, Centennial Park, Arizona
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Slow Cooker Arizona Poblano Pork Exps Rc21 263547 B07 28 8b 24

Slow-Cooker Poblano Pork Loin

We love seasonal poblano peppers, so this easy dish with many southwestern seasonings is a family favorite. It can be served in a variety of ways, too. It’s great with rice and beans, or in a taco with hot sauce. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Chicken in Sour Cream Sauce

Tender chicken is deliciously dressed up in a flavorful cream sauce with fresh mushrooms. This is an excellent entree for your family or guests. —Jane Carlovsky, Sebring, Florida
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Samosa Potpie Exps Rc21 263546 B06 23 11b 9

Samosa Potpie

The go-to appetizer at any Indian restaurant, samosas are reimagined as a delicious main-dish potpie. The heavily spiced potato and pea filling is surrounded by a flaky homemade crust. Serve with green or tamarind chutney. —Shri Repp, Seattle, Washington
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Southern Style Meatloaf Exps Rc21 263315 B07 28 2b

Southern-Style Meat Loaf

When my husband and I moved to the South, we discovered our love for pimiento cheese! Its addition lends flair to this tried-and-true southern meatloaf recipe. —Patricia Getson, Wilmington, North Carolina
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One-Pot Sausage and Basil Pasta

There's nothing better than coming home and putting dinner on the table in 30 minutes. It's easy to add different kinds of sausage or seasonings to make this sausage and basil pasta your own. —Erin Raatjes, New Lenox, Illinois
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Pasta Napolitana

This is the ultimate meat lovers sauce and is my copycat version of The Cheesecake Factory's pasta. Rich and hearty, with tremendous flavors, this pasta Napolitana will disappear quickly. I always make extra sauce, as it freezes very well. —John Pittman, Northampton, Pennsylvania
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Cheeseburger Stuffed Pasta Shells

You could call this a comfort food mashup made in heaven. Jumbo stuffed pasta shells are loaded up with cheeseburger goodness in a dish that will soon become a family favorite. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Chicken Fingers

Almost everyone in my family requests these golden chicken fingers as their birthday dinner entree. I begin marinating the chicken strips early in the day to cut down on last-minute fuss. —Charlotte Baillargeon, Hinsdale, Massachusetts
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Skillet Beef and Macaroni

I found this simple skillet recipe many years ago on a can label. I made some tweaks, and my family loved it. Because it's so easy to put together, it's a real timesaver for people with super busy schedules. —Maxine Neuhauser, Arcadia, California
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Artichoke Chicken

Rosemary, mushrooms and artichokes combine to give this chicken a wonderful, savory flavor. I've served this healthy canned vegetable recipe for a large group by doubling the batch. It's always a big hit with everyone—especially my family! —Ruth Stenson, Santa Ana, California
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The Best Grilled Sirloin Tip Roast

If you're looking for a flavorful cut of meat that's still pretty lean, give this sirloin tip roast a try. I like to cook it slowly over indirect heat, mopping it frequently with red wine sauce. —James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

Sue Stetzel
Sue has been working with Taste of Home since 2011. When she isn’t writing, she’s answering your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Community Cooks. She spends her free time cooking, crafting, and volunteering for various organizations in her home town.