Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

Festive starter recipes

41 Recipes

Kick start your Christmas dinner with an easy-but-impressive recipe

Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

3.75

(4 ratings)

Gooey, melted cheese and crispy, golden bread make a stunning centrepiece to share with friends over drinks or as a dinner party starter - make ahead for fuss-free entertaining
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

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

Smoked salmon carpaccio

5

(3 ratings)

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Chicken liver pâté

5

(1 rating)

James Martin's luxuriously rich dinner party starter can be made up to two days in advance for fuss-free entertaining - serve with toasted brioche, cornichons and chutney
  • 25 mins
  • More effort

Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

5

(1 rating)

This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese
  • 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Smoked haddock & celeriac salad

5

(2 ratings)

James Martin's seafood starter has a delicate balance of salty, sharp, rich and smoky flavours - a mouthwatering start to a Bonfire Night menu
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Quick lemon gravadlax

5

(1 rating)

This speedy, zesty version of the Swedish classic cuts the curing time to 30 minutes and makes a special starter for two
  • 15 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

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

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

Prawn & crab cocktail lettuce cups

3.75

(1 rating)

Serve seafood on a sharing platter and let everyone build their own little prawn cocktail bites for a perfect dinner party starter or canapé
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Spiced home-cured salmon

0

(0 ratings)

Ever the versatile fish, this fresh, no-cook salmon starter can be made a few days ahead
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Honeyed winter salad

4.67742

(31 ratings)

Bring summer to winter with this fresh salad - it contains 3 of your 5-a-day too
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

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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