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25 Make Ahead Recipes for a Coronation Party

Apr 22, 2023 | 0 comments

If you’re hosting, or going to, a party to mark the coronation of King Charles III, these 25 recipes will give you fab ideas for what to take along.

From the official coronation quiche (and a mini version) to seasonal salads, quick dips and a twist on the classic coronation chicken, all these ideas can easily be made ahead of time and will transport well.

Coronation quiche on a scalloped white plate with a piece cut out of it.

1. The Coronation Quiche

No coronation party will be complete without the new Royal approved Coronation Quiche. My simple, clearer version of the recipe is stuffed with seasonal greens and surrounded by a luscious, creamy savoury custard. Add crispy, buttery pastry and you’ve got a winner of a bake, fit for a (literal) King.

MAKE AHEAD: Make it up to 3 days in advance, then serve it at room temperature or reheat. It will also freeze well.

Mini coronation quiches piled up on a small wooden board.

2. Mini Party Coronation Quiches

These super cute mini versions of the coronation quiche are actually EASIER than the large version. There’s no need to blind bake the pastry – just press it into a mini muffin tin, fill and bake.

MAKE AHEAD: Bake them up to 3 days in advance, then serve at room temperature or quickly reheat. They also freeze well.

Close up of creamy Caesar potato salad on a large green serving plate with more Caesar dressing on the side.

3. Creamy Caesar Potato Salad with Bacon

This gorgeous 20-minute potato salad is PACKED with flavour and texture. Perfectly cooked potatoes are tossed with crispy bacon, an incredible Caesar dressing, crispy parmesan shards and fresh crunchy scallions. It has all the flavour of a traditional Caesar salad, in a delicious new form.

MAKE AHEAD: Keeps well for 5 days and is easy to transport.

One cut open mince and cheese pie on a plate with beef and cheese filling oozing out, with tomato sauce on the side and another small mince and cheese pie on the plate behind it.

4. The BEST New Zealand Style Mince & Cheese Pies

Mince and cheese pies are a New Zealand classic for a reason. Crispy buttery pastry, intensely savoury minced beef and a creamy, oozy melted cheese topping? Yes, please! I love making these as mini pies for the ultimate party bite.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 4 days after baking, ready to be reheated. They also freeze really well.

Hand dipping pita chip in sundried tomato feta dip on a small blue and white plate.

5. Five Minute Sundried Tomato and Feta Dip

All you need is a block of feta and a jar of sundried tomatoes to make this 2-minute super creamy sundried tomato and feta dip. It’s deliciously deep in flavour and pairs perfectly with your favourite crackers for a wonderful, crowd-pleasing party dip.

MAKE AHEAD: Keeps well for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Orzo pesto salad in a large colourful serving bowl with a silver spoon.

6. Easy Pesto Orzo Pasta Salad

This super easy orzo pesto pasta salad is my favourite for parties or picnics. It’s as simple as mixing orzo with lots of herby pesto, tomatoes, cheese and olives, is fab for feeding a crowd, keeps really well and is full of Mediterranean flavours everyone will love.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 5 days in the fridge.

Hand holding a lettuce leaf with coronation chicken inside with more coronation chicken in the background.

7. Five-Minute Coronation Chicken

If there’s a dish synonymous with a coronation, it’s got to be coronation chicken. Designed for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, my version uses pre-cooked chicken and an amped-up sauce for a delicious, retro bite.

Serve it in baby gem lettuce cups for a fresh twist.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 3 days in the fridge.

Grilled broccoli crunch salad in a large blue serving plate with focaccia and sunflower seeds on the side.

8. Grilled Broccoli Crunch Salad with Bacon

Quick, easy and seriously tasty, this grilled broccoli crunch salad is loaded with SO much flavour. It’s mixed with crispy bacon, dried cranberries, almonds, and sunflower seeds for maximum crunch, and then creamy blue cheese melts straight in to make a quick cheat’s dressing. This is the type of salad that even a true salad hater will love. 

MAKE AHEAD: Keeps well for 2 days in the fridge.

Two coronation chickpea stuffed focaccia sandwiches on top of each other on a white plate.

9. Coronation Chickpeas

This vegan version of coronation chicken is just as delicious. Soft, buttery chickpeas are tossed with a creamy, curried coronation sauce to make the perfect salad topper, sandwich filling or chunky dip.

Chop little focaccia squares and top with a heaped teaspoon of the coronation chickpeas for a delicious party bite.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 5 days in the fridge.

Large white and blue serving bowl with colourful butternut squash salad inside and pomegranate seeds on the side.

10. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Feta & Pomegranate

Colour, texture, flavour. There are just so many wonderful things going on in this vibrant butternut squash salad. Sweet, creamy squash, salty feta, fresh pomegranate seeds, a sharp miso dressing and the MOST delicious crunchy salted honey pumpkin seeds you’ll be wanting to make much more of.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 4 days in the fridge, scatter over the feta and crunchy seeds when you serve.

Close up of coronation potato salad on a large green platter with a gold serving spoon.

11. Coronation Potato Salad

A twist on coronation chicken, this potato salad is a delicious new way to enjoy those classic flavours. It’s as easy as boiling your potatoes and mixing them with a quick coronation sauce.

MAKE AHEAD: Will keep well for 5 days, stored in the fridge.

Crunchy Asian salad on a large light blue serving plate.

12. Crunchy Asian Salad with Sweet Chilli Dressing

This quick, easy and utterly delicious crunchy Asian salad recipe is my go-to when I want something vibrant, healthy and fresh. Lots of crunchy veggies are tossed with a salty, sweet, spicy and sour dressing you’ll love. This is perfect as a fresh option in a spread of salads.

MAKE AHEAD: Chop the veggies and make the dressing up to 5 days in advance, then mix just before serving.

Butter smoothed onto a board and topped with chilli oil, fig chutney and herbs with bread on the side.

13. The Best Butter Board

Fun, cheap and beautiful to look at – a butter board is a great addition to any party spread. Play around with the toppings based on what you have – my recipe shares 6 different topping ideas.

MAKE AHEAD: You can prep your topping the day before you want to serve, then arrange when you’re ready.

Hand picking up a filo bite with more filo bites on a white plate in the background.

14. Brie, Cranberry & Prosciutto Filo Bites

These little filo bites always disappear quickly at parties. They are SO easy – just line a mini muffin tin with strips of filo, then load them up with the fillings. 30 minutes, and you’re done.

Swap cranberry for apricot chutney or jam if you like.

MAKE AHEAD: Assemble the bites the day before you want to serve, then just bake them when you’re ready.

Loaded potato wedges on a large oval white plate with small jug of gochujang bechamel on the side.

15. Crispy Loaded Potato Wedges

A big pile of loaded crispy wedges is always popular at parties. The magic here is in the contrasts – the fresh ingredients and the pickled chilli cut through the rich cheesiness of the sauce so it never FEELS rich – and the incredibly crispy wedges are the perfect vessel for all the lovely toppings.

MAKE AHEAD: The cheesy sauce can be prepped 5 days in advance, and you can chop the toppings 3 days ahead. The crispy prosciutto shards will keep well for 1 week and you can par-boil the potatoes the morning you want to serve them.

Wheel of camembert on a wooden board with oozy cheese spilling out, topped with pomegranate seeds and herbs.

16. Harissa Honey Baked Camembert

There isn’t much that’s better than oozy, gooey cheese. Baked camembert is a classic party snack, for very good reasons. It’s quick, easy, popular and absolutely delicious.

I’m levelling this version up with a honey harissa sauce for an incredibly sweet and salty flavour-packed bite. 

MAKE AHEAD: Prep the camembert for baking the day before, then just pop it into the oven when you’re ready to serve.

Hand swirling piece of bread through olive oil dip on a large white plate.

17. Loaded Bread Dipping Oil

A loaded olive oil dip for bread is the easiest party dip around. Just mix a pile of gorgeous ingredients (here it’s sundried tomatoes, parmesan, garlic and herbs) with olive oil and serve with soft, warm bread (the focaccia or garlic butter dinner rolls in this list would be great) for the ultimate crowd-pleaser.

MAKE AHEAD: The dip keeps well for at least 1 week in the fridge.

Garlic butter being brushed on 8 golden dinner rolls in a baking paper lined tin with a red brush.

18. Quick Garlic Butter Dinner Rolls

Garlic bread is a classic for any celebration, and this version, using my favourite 2 ingredient Greek yogurt dough is the easiest you’ll ever make.

They take 5 minutes to prep, then they’re into the oven and ready for a slathering of garlic butter sauce while still warm.

MAKE AHEAD: You can mix the dough a day in advance, then shape and bake the day you want to serve. The garlic butter sauce can be made 5 days in advance.

3 pulled pork sliders on a small wooden board.

19. Sticky Pulled Pork Sliders

These cute little sliders are the best kind of party food. Juicy, sticky, super tender pulled pork is piled onto soft buns and paired with a crunchy slaw, creamy aioli and sweet chilli jam. 

MAKE AHEAD: You can make the pulled pork up to 5 days in advance, and chop the slaw 3 days ahead of time, ready for easy assembly as you serve.

Pea hummus with avocado in a small white plate, pita chips on the side on a grey marble background

20. Five Minute Pea Hummus with Avocado

A spread of colourful dips always forms a part of any entertaining I do, and this vibrant green pea hummus is a particular favourite. You’ve got the sweetness from the peas, the creaminess from the avocado, the zing from the lemon juice and the sharpness of the spring onions and garlic. It’s seriously tasty.

MAKE AHEAD: It will keep well for 3 days in the fridge, just bring it up to room temperature to serve.

Small white plate with a whole and a sliced open cheese scone, with a gold knife on the side and tray of scones in the background.

21. Four Ingredient Herby Cheese Scones

A scone is a British classic, and these are SO easy to make. Stuffed with cheese and dried herbs, they use my favourite 2 ingredient dough as the base and I bet you already have the ingredients.

MAKE AHEAD: You can mix the dough a day in advance, then shape and bake the day you want to serve them.

Pile of halloumi fries on a white plate with pomegranate seeds, spring onion and tahini sauce drizzled on top.

22. Crispy Baked Halloumi Fries

Halloumi fries are always a crowd-pleaser and a great meat-free option. These are baked for a quick, mess-free, egg-free result. No deep-frying, no sticky coating and you’ll have gorgeously gooey fries in just 25 minutes. Serve with a creamy tahini dipping sauce for a Middle Eastern-inspired party snack.

MAKE AHEAD: Slice and coat the halloumi fries 2 days in advance, then cook them when you’re ready. The tahini sauce will last for 2 weeks in the fridge.

3 whole arancini on a small plate with a open arancini with cheese spilling out, with aioli with pesto on the side in a small bowl.

23. Mozzarella Stuffed Rice Balls (Arancini)

Arancini are a traditional Sicilian snack and they are unbelievably delicious. They’re essentially deep-fried rice balls and are the BEST thing to do with any leftover risotto you might have. I love stuffing them with a little cube of mozzarella for a cheesy surprise, but you can make them plain too.

Even if someone isn’t a fan of risotto, I bet they’ll be a fan of arancini. 

MAKE AHEAD: You can form the arancini 2 days in advance, then cook them when you’re ready OR cook them up to 2 days ahead of time and reheat them, or serve at room temperature.

Halloumi bites on a blue marble plate with red pepper sauce on the side.

24. Dukkah Crusted Baked Halloumi Bites with Hot Honey

Who doesn’t love salty, addictive halloumi? Add a crispy, spiced dukkah crust and a drizzle of honey for a next-level party snack.

These guys are such a big hit at parties. I’ll often find guests hovering around the plate, going back again and again.

MAKE AHEAD: Prep them up to 2 days ahead of time, then just pop them into the oven when you’re ready.

7 pieces of focaccia on a wire rack with a small bowl of chilli oil on the side.

25. No Knead Chilli Cheese Focaccia

No party spread is complete without fresh bread, and it doesn’t get much easier than this no-knead focaccia. This impossibly soft, airy bread with a golden crispy crust is SUPER hands-off and you’d never know. Top it with chilli oil and cheese for a gorgeous bite everyone will love.

MAKE AHEAD: You can make the dough the day before, then bake it the day you want to serve it.

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If you make any of these recipes for your coronation party, I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how you get on in the comments below or by leaving a review on the recipe.


I’m Kate, the creator behind Dished. I love creating flavour packed, simple (ish) recipes for you, designed for every day and special occasions.





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