Dinner party starter recipes

Get your next gathering off to a delicious start with one of our dinner party starter recipes.

These impressive entrées include dinner party classics like elegant soups, salads, tartlets and terrines. There are plenty of make-ahead dishes and lots of plant-based ideas for vegetarians and vegans. Or why not opt for something a little fancy in the form of scallop recipes? Start planning your next dinner party with a browse through these test-kitchen approved starter ideas.

That’s the starter taken care of, now how about the main course? Choose from 100+ easy dinner party recipes.

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Best-of-the-best steak tartare

Steak recipes

Best-of-the-best steak tartare

A classic steak tartare is a perfectly balanced thing of beauty, the rich, savoury beef, anchovy and egg yolk punctuated...

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Prawn cocktail platter

Prawn cocktail recipes

Prawn cocktail platter

What’s better than classic prawn cocktail? A prawn cocktail platter for sharing! This recipe has stood the test of time...

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Emily Scott’s Cornish crab, toast and mayo

Crab recipes

Emily Scott’s Cornish crab, toast and mayo

Cornwall-based chef Emily Scott’s recipe for crab on toast is delightfully simple but special, enriched with just a little lemon...

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Pork rillettes

Easy starter recipes

Pork rillettes

Learn the skill of meat potting with Debora Robertson’s rillettes recipe. A French classic, pork rillettes are perfect served with...

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Mushroom jiaozi dumplings

Fakeaway recipes

Mushroom jiaozi dumplings

Jiaozi are a versatile Chinese dumpling. They can be served steamed, boiled or fried; filled with meat or veg and...

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Harissa, feta and filo cigars

Harissa recipes

Harissa, feta and filo cigars

Tangy feta meets fiery harissa and sweet honey, all wrapped up in crunchy filo. The perfect pre-dinner bite or bougie...

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Cauliflower houmous with pickled onions and cauliflower

Houmous recipes

Cauliflower houmous with pickled onions and cauliflower

“This rustic cauliflower houmous will ruin you for the shop-bought variety,” says food writer Ravinder Bhogal. Top with punchy pickled...

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Smashed potatoes with crème fraîche and roe

Easy starter recipes

Smashed potatoes with crème fraîche and roe

Food writer Ravinder Bhogal’s smashed potatoes with crème fraîche, chives and roe (or caviar if you’re feeling extragavant) make for...

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Chilli-soy scallops with ginger and spring onion oil

Scallop recipes

Chilli-soy scallops with ginger and spring onion oil

Tender meaty scallops are dressed with classic Cantonese accompaniments in this starter recipe: one punchy and savoury, full of soy...

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Spring onion soup with green oil

Spring onion recipes

Spring onion soup with green oil

A seasonal twist on leek and potato, this spring onion soup has a fresher flavour. Show off by decorating it...

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Smoked haddock and gruyère soufflés

Soufflé recipes

Smoked haddock and gruyère soufflés

Debora Robertson’s twice-baked smoked haddock soufflés are great if you’re at all nervous about making soufflés because you do the...

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Best of the best French onion soup

Soup recipes

Best of the best French onion soup

Create the ultimate French onion soup with our masterclass recipe – read more about the magic behind it here. The...

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Piedmontese bagna cauda

Dip recipes

Piedmontese bagna cauda

Bagna cauda is THE dip of Piedmontese cuisine. This simple dish contains heaps of garlic, anchovy and olive oil –...

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Tortellini in brodo

Italian pasta recipes

Tortellini in brodo

A Piedmontese classic, this dish from chef Chris Leach at Italian restaurant Manteca in London might look simple but is...

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Lemon and pink peppercorn cured trout terrine

Trout recipes

Lemon and pink peppercorn cured trout terrine

This trout terrine with fruity and floral pink peppercorns takes a bit of time, but is so worth it for...

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Brown sugar-cured trout with easy wheaten bread

Trout recipes

Brown sugar-cured trout with easy wheaten bread

This dish sings with aniseed flavours, from the spices in the trout cure to the glorious tarragon herb butter on...

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