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Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks on a serving tray

Festive starter recipes

46 Recipes
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Kick-start your Christmas dinner with an easy-but-impressive starter. Our festive recipes include sharing plates, smoked salmon dishes, salads and soups

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  • Baked camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

    Baked camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.11 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

  • Cauliflower cheese rolls served on a decorative plate

    Cauliflower cheese rolls

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Impress guests with our creamy cauliflower cheese rolls. These easy canapés are wrapped in crunchy filo pastry and topped with sesame seeds

  • Three goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines on a serving platter

    Goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.11 ratings

    Top toasted sourdough with goat's cheese, honey-roasted pears and walnuts to make these tasty tartines. They take just two minutes to prep and deliver one of your 5-a-day

  • Smoked salmon carpaccio

    Smoked salmon carpaccio

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.9 ratings

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

  • Chicken liver parfait served in a ramekin

    Chicken liver parfait

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.5 ratings

    Get your dinner party off to a great start with a silky-smooth chicken liver parfait. Serve with toasted brioche and a sweet chutney for an indulgent starter

  • Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

    Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese

  • Smoked haddock & celeriac salad

    Smoked haddock & celeriac salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 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

  • Halloumi, carrot & orange salad served on a plate

    Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.55 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

  • Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots on a platter with knife

    Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    Whet the appetite for the main event by serving guests this special chicken terrine with leeks and apricots. It can be made up to three days ahead

  • Quick lemon gravadlax

    Quick lemon gravadlax

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

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

  • Shukhi – warm beetroot & mushroom salad

    Shukhi – warm beetroot & mushroom salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 ratings

    This Ukrainian dish is traditionally eaten at Christmas - serve on toasted rye bread for a crostini-like starter or party canapé

  • Lobster, green bean & radicchio salad

    Lobster, green bean & radicchio salad

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    This festive seafood starter, finished with a garlicky basil dressing, can be prepared ahead - ideal for a fuss-free dinner for two

  • Chicken liver pâté

    Chicken liver pâté

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.12 ratings

    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.

  • Burmese tofu fritters (tohu jaw) with dipping sauce

    Burmese tofu fritters (tohu jaw)

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 ratings

    Serve these Burmese-inspired fritters with a garlic dipping sauce as a starter, canapé or simple snack. They're crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside

  • Layered hummus with spiced tortilla chips

    Layered hummus with spiced tortilla chips

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.5 ratings

    Entertain a crowd with this attractive chickpea dip - make the hummus and herby oil ahead, then assemble at the last minute

  • Crayfish cocktail with horseradish cream

    Crayfish cocktail with horseradish cream

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.4 ratings

    Give the classic prawn cocktail a twist by pairing crayfish tails with tangy horseradish and creamy avocado in this delicious dinner party starter

  • 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

  • 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

  • Prawn & crab cocktail lettuce cups

    Prawn & crab cocktail lettuce cups

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

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

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