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Tomato & mozzarella salad served on a plate with tomato dressing

Valentine's Day starter recipes

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Create a sumptuous and eye-catching Valentine's Day starter using one of our simple recipes. We have plenty of ideas from vibrant salads to quick pan-fried scallops and crunchy arancini

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  • Truffle arancini on plate

    Truffle arancini

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    These moreish arancini balls are made extra-special with the flavours of truffle and punchy cheese. They're perfect for a starter or as canapés at a party

  • Tomato & mozzarella salad served on a plate with tomato dressing

    Tomato & mozzarella salad with tomato dressing

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Enjoy this super-quick tomato and mozzarella salad as a side dish, or add some sliced avocado for a filling lunch. Top with basil leaves and crushed crostini for extra flavour and texture

  • Three fig, burrata & prosciutto tartines

    Fig, burrata & prosciutto tartine

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratings

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

  • Oysters with pomegranate seeds

    Pomegranate oysters

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

    Try our take on oysters by adding fresh pomegranate seeds, a zesty squeeze of lime and sweet pomegranate molasses. They make an eye-catching starter

  • Bang Bang cauliflower in a bowl

    Bang bang cauliflower

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.14 ratings

    Try a veggie twist on bang bang chicken, and replace the meat with cauliflower florets. With a crispy coating and a spicy sauce, it makes a great starter or side

  • Potted crab served in a dish

    Potted crab

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.6 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

  • A plate serving Thai mussels & prawns

    Thai mussels & prawns

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.3 ratings

    Give shellfish a Thai makeover with chilli, ginger, lemongrass and coconut milk. Try it as a starter or fish course when hosting a romantic dinner for two

  • Courgette carpaccio

    Courgette carpaccio

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.9 ratings

    A simple salad that looks stunning on the plate. A mix of courgette colours, fragrant mint and salty ricotta salata make this a feast for the senses

  • 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

  • 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

  • Truffled mushroom pâté served in ramekins

    Truffled mushroom pâté

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.8 ratings

    Serve this easy vegetarian pâté as a starter at a dinner party. It's a great partner to toast, mini crispbreads and cornichons

  • Baked camembert in a pot with toasted bread

    Baked camembert

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.26 ratings

    Oven-cook your favourite soft cheese until gooey for this last-minute crowd-pleaser. An easy recipe for a dinner party or when entertaining at Christmas

  • Goat's cheese and beetroot salad on plate with fork

    Creamed goat's cheese & roast beetroot salad

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Combine creamy goat's cheese, crisp apple and earthy beetroot for a simple salad that's bursting with flavour and colour – and it looks impressive plated up

  • Three stuffed mushrooms

    Stuffed mushrooms

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.31 ratings

    Serve these easy stuffed mushrooms with melted cheese, bacon lardons and breadcrumbs alongside a simple salad and crusty bread for a quick, fuss-free dinner

  • Smoked salmon, cucumber, capers & soda bread

    Smoked salmon, cucumber, capers & soda bread

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    A crowd-pleasing, help-yourself starter. Take the bread out of the oven an hour before lunch and it'll still be warm when it hits the table

  • Creamy artichoke soup with Parmesan skins

    Creamy artichoke soup with Parmesan skins

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.12 ratings

    Artichoke makes this soup ultra silky and the crispy skins add a hit of crunch and flavour - perfect as a starter for dinner with friends

  • Pan-fried scallops with lime & coriander

    Pan-fried scallops

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.56 ratings

    For a healthy-yet-special starter, try our easy pan-fried scallops with a squeeze of zesty lime and a sprinkling of chilli and coriander

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