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Dinner party starter recipes

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

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  • Potted crab served in a dish

    Potted crab

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • Spring onions with romesco sauce on a plate, on a table

    Charred spring onions & romesco

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    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

  • A serving plate with scallops with chorizo & hazelnut picada

    Scallops with chorizo & hazelnut picada

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.6 ratings

    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

  • Cheesy stuffed mushrooms on plate with salad leaves

    Triple cheese & tarragon-stuffed mushrooms

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.9 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

  • Grilled lobster tails with lemon & herb butter served on a baking tray

    Grilled lobster tails with lemon & herb butter

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Treat guests to grilled lobster tails served with a lemon, garlic and parsley butter. They take a little effort, but make an impressive dinner party dish

  • Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad served in a large bowl

    Tomato, burrata & broad bean salad

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.9 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

  • Ham hock & pistachio roll 2016

    Ham hock & pistachio roll

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 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

  • Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad

    Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

  • Onion & goat's cheese tarte tatins

    Onion & goat's cheese tarte tatins

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    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

  • Baked feta with sumac & grapes

    Baked feta with sumac & grapes

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 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

  • Chargrilled mackerel with sweet & sour beetroot

    Chargrilled mackerel with sweet & sour beetroot

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.7 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

  • Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon served on a plate with dill and sourdough crackers

    Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    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

  • A saucepan and serving bowl filled with bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.12 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

  • Runner bean samosas

    Runner bean samosas

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 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

  • A white plate with carpaccio scallops on a dark wooden table

    Carpaccio scallops

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    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

  • Spicy nduja arancini served on a small dish

    Spicy nduja arancini

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Make these moreish rice balls with spicy nduja sausage, gooey mozzarella filling and crunchy breadcrumb coating for a Valentine’s Day nibble

  • DIY British beef crostini

    DIY British beef crostini

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • Cheesy sprout fondue

    Cheesy sprout fondue

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

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

  • Charred leeks with anchovy dressing

    Charred leeks with anchovy dressing

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    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

  • Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

    Minted melon, tomato & prosciutto salad

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.9 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

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