Student dinner parties – recipes to get you started

Student dinner parties

By Alice Chandler,

If you’re bored of the standard university drinking games and club nights, why not suggest a dinner party where everyone brings one dish? Dinner parties are a great way to socialise with your pals and get a huge and delicious dinner on a budget. Or why not start your own student Come Dine With Me sessions – a trend which is quickly taking hold following the popularity of Cannel 4’s relentless re-runs of the show.

Here are two simple recipes which are perfect for such occasions, and won’t break the bank.

Sticky and delicious oriental chicken pieces

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar (this is an investment for your store cupboard - it won’t go off and you can use it again)
  • 3 tablespoons peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger (from 1 [3- to 4-inch] piece)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (from about 5 medium cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Chicken drumsticks and thighs (these are much cheaper than chicken breast and the meat is more flavoursome and juicy!)

Method

  1. Mix together all the ingredients apart from the chicken to make the marinade.
  2. Place all the chicken skin side up in a roasting tray. (you can buy large disposable foil trays from Poundland in case you don’t have anything, but this is a good investment for your kitchen)
  3. Pour over the marinade and leave in the fridge for as long as possible. (Overnight is best but a couple of hours will do just fine. Turn your chicken every so often so it gets a good coating of marinade).
  4. Heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  5. When it’s reached the temperature, put the chicken in and roast for 45 mins until the skin looks really crispy.
  6. Enjoy!

White chocolate and Brownie torte

This pudding is very rich and chocolatey but so simple to prepare, it is bound to wow your guests!

Ingredients

  • 300g White Chocolate
  • 600ml Double Cream
  • 250g Rich Chocolate Brownies (you can find brownie pieces at your local supermarket in the bakery section)
  • Cocoa powder (for dusting)
  • Strawberries to decorate

Method

  1. Dampen sides of an 8in tin and line with greaseproof paper.
  2. Put chocolate into a small pan, add 150ml of cream and heat gently until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth and pour into a bowl. Leave to cool.
  3. Break brownies into chunky pieces and put on the base of the tin. Pack down to make a dense base.
  4. Whip remaining cream until it makes peaks - fold in the chocolate mixture. Spoon into tin to cover brownies and level the chocolate mixture. Cover with tin foil and freeze overnight. (this dessert can also be refrigerated for a couple of hours if you don’t have time - it still tastes delicious but it is not as solid)
  5. Transfer the torte to the fridge about 45 mins before serving. Decorate with a light dusting of Cocoa Powder and strawberries just before serving.
  6. Devour!