Fancy, Fun & Extra-Special: Our 15 Best Dinner Party Recipes

The Kitchn's Best of 2012

These are the special recipes. The ones that are a little more indulgent, a little more complicated, and a little fancier than the ones we make on an average weeknight. They get an extra splash of cream and a sprinkle of parsley on top. Start planning your next dinner party now because here are our most favorite dishes and small bites for special occasions from this past year.

TOP ROW
• 1 Spaghetti with Mascarpone, Meyer Lemon, Spinach, and Hazelnuts
• 2 Veal Meatballs in Red Wine Sauce
• 3 Individual Pot Roasts with Thyme-Glazed Carrots
• 4 Chicken Liver Pâté with Sage, Apple, and Thyme
• 5 Braised Lamb Shanks with Vegetable Root Puree

MIDDLE ROW
• 6 Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Almonds & Chickpeas
• 7 Steak with Drunken Mushrooms and Blue Cheese Roasted Potatoes
• 8 Agnolotti Pasta with Truffled Potato-Mascarpone Filling
• 9 Fettuccine with Roasted Butternut Squash, Brown Butter, and Sage
• 10 Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia

BOTTOM ROW
• 11 Mushroom and Leek Risotto
• 12 How to Make Cheese Gougère
• 13 Recipe: Seared Bitter Greens Salad with Roasted Beets, Spiced Pecans & Roquefort
• 14 Sage-Brined Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze
• 15 Tomato and Anchovies with Bread Crumbs, Basil, and Red Onion

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2012 roundup!
From December 17 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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