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Elegant one-hour dinner party menu

Keep this dinner plan in your back pocket for last-minute get-togethers. And in one hour, whip up a gourmet meal that will surprise and delight!
Crispy fennel cakes with smoked salmon Crispy fennel cakes with smoked salmon and Apple-butterscotch cocktail
Photo by Roberto Caruso

Throwing a dinner party for last-minute guests? Forget the hurry and the worry. This elegant meal comes together in under an hour -- guaranteed!

Prep Plan
6:00 Preheat oven to 400F. Make shallot butter and refrigerate.

6:05 Start cappuccino cakes and bake. Prep mushrooms and salad dressing.

6:25 Remove cakes from oven. Increase temperature to 425F. Drizzle cakes with liqueur.

6:30 Bake mushrooms. Prep and cook fennel cakes.

6:45 Remove mushrooms from oven. Top fennel with smoked salmon.

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6:50 Cook veal and pappardelle. Assemble mushroom salad.

Appetizer
Crispy fennel cakes with smoked salmon Serve these savoury cakes with fennel fronds and thinly sliced radishes.

Salad
Warm mushroom-arugula salad Peppery arugula and baked, golden mushrooms give salad a makeover for fall. Top with shaved parmesan, and serve.

Warm mushroom-arugula salad Warm mushroom-arugula salad recipe
Photo by Roberto Caruso
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Main
Roasted veal chops with shallot butter & pappardelle This Italian-inspired meal with creamy sauce and buttery pasta will be a new family-favourite.

Roasted veal chops Roasted veal chops with shallot butter and pappardelle recipe
Photo by Roberto Caruso
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Dessert
Cappuccino pudding cakes No espresso maker? Serve these one-cup puddings after dinner instead!

Cappuccino pudding cakes Cappuccino pudding cakes recipe
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Wine pairings Bachelder chardonnay, Niagara Peninsula VQA, Ontario, $30. Jovly Cabernet Franc, Chinon, Loire Valley, FRance, $13.

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