DIY British beef crostini

Dinner party starter recipes

35 Recipes

Kick off your meal in style.

DIY British beef crostini

5

(3 ratings)

Elegant yet full-flavoured, guests will love putting together these bites - make the beef and crème fraîche topping in advance to get ahead
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Cheesy sprout fondue

5

(1 rating)

This versatile recipe can be altered to transform your leftover cheese into a help-yourself starter - perfect served with crusty bread
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Lobster, green bean & radicchio salad

0

(0 ratings)

This festive seafood starter, finished with a garlicky basil dressing, can be prepared ahead - ideal for a fuss-free dinner for two
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Classic potted shrimps

0

(0 ratings)

James Martin's classic seafood starter is best made the day before and left in the fridge overnight - perfect for a special Sunday lunch
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Chicken liver & pineau pâté

4.727275

(22 ratings)

A rich, sweet pâté recipe using pineau - a sherry-like aperitif - great as a dinner party starter.
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Cream of wild mushroom soup

4.792375

(59 ratings)

This rich and filling dish is the perfect way to use up end-of-season mushrooms on the cheap
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Halloumi stuffed peppers

4.26389

(36 ratings)

Full of wonderful flavours and textures, these vegetarian stuffed peppers make a great supper or dinner party starter
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Creamy spiced mussels

4.666665

(12 ratings)

Expand your seafood horizons - this recipe for mussels is not as difficult as you might think
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Mussels steamed with cider & bacon

4.75

(16 ratings)

Mussels are much easier dish to serve up than people realise. Try this easy dish, read the tips, and impress your friends
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Melty onion toasts

4.75

(8 ratings)

Make the onion topping for this simple gastropub-style starter up to two days ahead
  • 55 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Thai minced chicken salad

4.555555

(36 ratings)

Known as larb gai in Thailand, the hot spiciness in this chicken salad recipe works really well with the crunchy veg, creating a perfect balance of flavour and heat
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Baked mushrooms with ricotta & pesto

4.31579

(19 ratings)

The rich basil sauce helps balance the tangy ricotta and earthy mushroom flavours of this easy vegetarian starter
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smoked salmon soufflés

4.10577

(26 ratings)

These non-scary, freezer-friendly soufflés can be baked ahead, then reheated in the oven before serving
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Make-ahead mushroom soufflés

4.419645

(28 ratings)

A soufflé to start always gives your dinner party a 'wow' factor and this make-ahead recipe gives you more time to be the perfect host
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Build-your-own-bruschettas

3.75

(4 ratings)

Pick your favourite toppings and serve up a fun light supper, suitable for veggies and non-veggies
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Hot & sour broth with prawns

4.583335

(24 ratings)

This healthy starter takes just 15 minutes to make and is a cleansing way to kick off a Chinese meal
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

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