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Dinner party starter recipes

114 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.

Try our dinner party starter recipes, then check out our dinner party main recipes and dinner party dessert recipes.

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  • Gyoza on plate with dipping sauce

    Vegetable gyoza

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    Try our take on veggie gyoza. These dumplings can be cooked from frozen and easily adapted with your own fillings. You can also use shop-bought gyoza skins

  • 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

  • Halloumi, carrot & orange salad served on a plate

    Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.59 ratings

    Serve this halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad with a mustard and honey dressing for an easy lunch or starter. It takes just 20 minutes to make and delivers one of your 5-a-day

  • Spicy nduja arancini served on a small dish

    Spicy nduja arancini

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 ratings

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

  • 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

  • Beetroot & walnut terrine on a gold board

    Beetroot & walnut terrine

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Impress guests with this vibrant vegan starter. Plant-based soft cheese, herbs and beetroot combine to make the terrine, topped with a walnut brittle for texture

  • Three fig, burrata & prosciutto tartines

    Fig, burrata & prosciutto tartine

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Use larger slices of sourdough for our fig, burrata and prosciutto tartines for an impressive-looking lunch or starter that's deceptively easy.

  • Jamaican veggie patties with a sauce

    Jamaican veggie patties

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Get ahead on your party nibbles with these freezable Jamaican veggie patties. You can then simply pop them in the oven when the party is about to start

  • 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

  • Mussels with sake, coriander & olive oil

    Mussels with sake, coriander & olive oil

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Entertain family and friends and serve these mussels in gorgeous sake, coriander and olive oil juices. They make an impressive starter or light lunch

  • 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

  • Lobster thermidor with chips

    Lobster thermidor

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Enjoy lobster thermidor for a celebratory starter or luxurious main course. We’ve given the dish a makeover while retaining its original charm

  • Salpicón de marisco served on a plate

    Salpicón de marisco

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Transform this seafood starter with the help of a sprinkle of smoked paprika at the end. It’s a great get-ahead dish that can be prepared the day before

  • Miso & butternut soup served in two bowls

    Miso & butternut soup

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Make lunch more exciting with this silky and deeply savoury miso and butternut soup. Delivering all of your five-a-day, it's also bursting with goodness

  • Pork & chilli lettuce cups served on a plate

    Pork & chilli lettuce cups

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Take the stress out of entertaining by getting ahead on your party nibbles. The filling in these pork lettuce cups can be frozen for up to two months

  • Buffalo cauliflower served with ranch dip and celery sticks

    Buffalo cauliflower

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.22 ratings

    Make 'buffalo cauliflower' for a veggie take on the spicy American classic. Served with a ranch dip, it makes an excellent Friday night sharing treat

  • 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

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