Potted crab in a bowl and on a plate with bread and lemons

Dinner party starter recipes

85 Recipes

Kick off your meal in style with our chic selection of starters. From soups and salads to scallops and smoked salmon, these elegant dishes are sure to impress.

Potted crab

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Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy...
  • 12 mins
  • Easy

Charred spring onions & romesco

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Make this moreish vegetarian dish as an easy starter for a dinner party. You can make it in 20 minutes and the sauce can be prepped ahead of time
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Scallops with chorizo & hazelnut picada

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Bring a Spanish touch to scallops using smoky chorizo and a picada made with hazelnuts, sherry and rustic bread. A vibrant starter or indulgent summer lunch
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Triple cheese & tarragon-stuffed mushrooms

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(2 ratings)

Make this speedy, cheesy veggie treat for a light supper, or starter. It only needs five ingredients and you can have it on the table in 15 minutes
  • 15 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad

4.5

(4 ratings)

Chop up tomatoes, toss with salt, top with creamy burrata and slather with a broad bean-flecked salsa verde to make this simple yet super-tasty salad
  • 27 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Ham hock & pistachio roll

4.75

(4 ratings)

If you're looking for a Christmas classic with a twist, this French ham hock and pistachio terrine, transformed into a modern make-ahead starter is for you...
  • 5 hours
  • More effort

Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad

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(1 rating)

A light salmon starter with a crisp salad and honey and mustard dressing. No cooking required, just gravadlax or smoked salmon plus fresh seasonal produce
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Onion & goat's cheese tarts

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Individual tarte Tatin-style bakes with puff pastry, caramelised onions, thyme and ash goat's cheese make a sumptuous vegetarian lunch or dinner party starter...
  • 1 hour and 45 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Baked feta with sumac & grapes

4.5

(2 ratings)

A modern dinner party starter that’s great for a budget - salty feta, sweet grapes, tangy sumac and aniseed dill create contrasting yet complementary flavours...
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chargrilled mackerel with sweet & sour beetroot

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(6 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

Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon

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Curing your own salmon is well worth it for taste and wow-factor. Serve this beetroot and berries version as a starter or on crackers as a canapé
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Bouillabaisse

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(2 ratings)

Make this classic French fish soup at a dinner party for friends and family. It's a challenge, but will make an impressive starter or main course...
  • 2 hours
  • A challenge
  • Healthy

Runner bean samosas

4.5

(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

Carpaccio scallops

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Impress guests with this starter, or fish course, that's perfect for a dinner party. Scallops and radishes are served in a delicate Vietnamese sauce...
  • More effort

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

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(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

Charred leeks with anchovy dressing

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We've made leeks the star of our elegant, simple starter. Hazelnuts add crucial crunch and the anchovy dressing gives the dish an umami depth of flavour...
  • 30 mins
  • More effort

Tomato soup with cheese & Marmite toast

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Pair up an epic combination of tomato soup and a cheese toastie to make this flavour-packed meal in just 25 minutes. It makes a comforting supper or starter
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Faux gras with toast & pickles

5

(1 rating)

With only two ingredients, this is the easiest parfait you’ll ever make. If you have a smoothie bullet blender, it’ll give you the most velvety result...
  • 23 mins
  • Easy

Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

5

(4 ratings)

Quality produce makes this dish, Charentais melon, heirloom tomatoes and salty prosciutto marry beautifully. Ideal as a sharing platter starter for a summer dinner party
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

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