One-hour dinner party menu

Full of seasonal favourites, this dinner party menu is a quick and easy way to entertain, nearly fuss-free!

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Angus Fergusson
Glazed cornish hens with roasted apricots. 
Photo, Angus Fergusson.

The ultimate fuss-free dinner party menu is ready in a flash. This delicious, seasonal four-course meal goes from kitchen to table in under an hour.

 

Roasted-asparagus-and-creamy-tahini-dip
Photo, Angus Fergusson.

 

Appetizer
Roasted asparagus and creamy tahini dip
For a healthy starter we’ve paired these spring stalks with a drizzle of lemon and a smooth tahini dip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glazed Cornish hens with roasted apricots.
Glazed Cornish hens with roasted apricots.

 

Main
Glazed cornish hens with roasted apricots
These golden birds, surrounded by tender roasted fruit, are a simple and elegant main course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risotto-style pea and mint orzo. Photo, Angus Fergusson.
Risotto-style pea and mint orzo.
Photo, Angus Fergusson.

 

Side
Risotto-style pea and mint orzo
This spring dish takes only15 minutes to make. Chop mint and stir in just before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cake toast with honeyed strawberries. Photo, Angus Fergusson.
Cake toast with honeyed strawberries.
Photo, Angus Fergusson.

 

Dessert
Cake toast with honeyed strawberries
Great for dessert or even for brunch, this rich pound cake gets warm and crisp like French toast. A scoop of ice cream, yogurt or whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prep plan

6:00 Preheat oven. Prep hens.

6:10 Roast hens. Make honeyed strawberries. Slice pound cake.

6:25 Make orzo. Prep asparagus. Brush apricot jam on hens. Return to oven.

6:50 Remove hens from oven. Roast asparagus. Make tahini dip.

6:55 Remove asparagus from the oven.

Dessert time! Toast cake in the oven for 10 minutes.

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