DIY British beef crostini

Dinner party starter recipes

38 Recipes

Kick off your meal in style.

Chargrilled mackerel with sweet & sour beetroot

5

(3 ratings)

Fresh mackerel is always a winner and grilling gives a deliciously charred quality. Pickled beetroot wedges add an extra tang in this party-perfect, budget-savvy starter
  • 25 mins
  • More effort

Runner bean samosas

4.375

(2 ratings)

Runner beans work really well with spices and these curried filo triangles are the perfect showcase - a great starter or nibble for 6 people
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Comté cheese soufflé

2.5

(2 ratings)

Raymond Blanc's recipe for this sumptuous dinner party starter, with a luxurious cheesy sauce, is guaranteed to impress - use Gruyère or Emmenthal cheese, if you prefer...
  • 55 mins
  • A challenge

DIY British beef crostini

5

(4 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

Creamy mushroom soup

4.805555

(63 ratings)

Use porcini and wild mushrooms to make this rich and creamy soup that makes a filling yet light supper for cold nights. Serve with croutons and chives
  • 1 hour and 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Halloumi stuffed peppers

4.283785

(37 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

4.764705

(17 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

4.533785

(37 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

4.295455

(22 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

4.125

(28 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

4.439655

(29 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

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