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A super quick, Scandi-style spin on a prawn cocktail. Serve on rye sourdough crispbreads for a moreish nibble or starter at your next dinner party.
This elegant recipe by The Cookery School at Little Portland Street would make a gorgeous dinner party starter and it only takes 20 minutes to make. Use the freshest ingredients you can find for best results.
"I’ve always enjoyed cooking and eating cockles. At their best they’re sweet, plump and meaty – and full of character. The adornment of vinegar, although popular, doesn’t do this wonderful bivalve justice." – Gill Meller.
An elegant summery starter than will impress your guests but only takes 20 minutes to make.
Gill Meller's venison terrine, flavoured with orange zest and sweet prunes, makes a tasty starter served with tangy chutney and a good crusty loaf.
Serve up this elegant yet speedy starter at your next dinner party. It's so tasty that no one will guess it takes just 15 minutes to make!
''Potting meat and fish is
a great way of using up those unappetising ends of a joint of ham. The butter acts as a seal and a preservative and the fat, spices and seasoning add texture and flavour, making something wonderful from not very much.'' – Thane Prince
''The heat from the chilli and the anise of the fennel seeds bind the crab to the rhubarb beautifully – they’re a bridge between these distinctly different but strangely compatible ingredients.'' – Gill Meller
Posh cheese on toast topped with two types of cheese, parma ham, sweet roasted pears and crunchy hazelnuts. Serve as a starter or for lunch.
delicious. editor Karen Barnes' gloriously creamy, baked garlic mushroom pots will leave your dinner party guests in awe, yet are deceivingly simple.
Sweet roasted pears complement the salty melted blue cheese in this savoury soufflé recipes. Serve with a bitter leaf salad for an elegant lunch, or dinner party starter.
Next time you're expecting guests pickle some radishes and serve them with a spring vegetable houmous and crispbreads for a light, yet satisfying nibble.
Salmon roulade is retro no more – our new take on the classic recipe combines smoked salmon with horseradish and preserved lemon to make a great addition to any buffet.
Serve this Asian-style prawn recipe at your next dinner party as an everyone-dig-in starter – it's sure to leave your guests wanting more.
Mild curry powder works gives a new twist to a seaside special in Debbie Major's curry-spiced potted crab recipe.
Start your dinner party with these Spanish inspired toasts – they're easy to make and even easier to eat.
Serve this dip, made with spinach and artichokes and baked with parmesan and mozzarella, for an everyone-dig-in kind of starter.
Topped with a choice of radicchio and mozzerella, pea, broad bean and ricotta or cherry and goat's cheese- mixed cheese crostini are little bites of Venetian heaven.
Tender fennel, which has been braised in sherry, is topped with crisp pretzel crumbs and goat's cheese in this simple dinner party starter recipe.
These light crab and chive soufflés make an impressive starter and they can be made up to 24 hours in advance – perfect for a dinner party.
Bursting with vibrant flavours of coriander, lime and ginger, these Thai prawn cakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce make a great lunch or light dinner.
Nathan Outlaw's zingy squid salad recipe is perfect to serve as an everyone-dig-in starter at a dinner party.
The addition of rosemary breadcrumbs and a perfectly soft-boiled egg transforms this simple dish from side to starter.
These canapé toasts make a change from smoked salmon blinis which are so often served at drinks parties and, we think, they taste even better.
Smoked salmon pâté, served with blinis or toasted sourdough, is an excellent quick-fix starter recipe.
A classic Italian starter recipe made with veal and served chilled with a creamy tuna mayonnaise-style sauce.
An aromatic and light crab starter, packed with flavour from herbs and saffron- a must have recipe for anybody's dinner party repertoire.
Gruyère cheese toasts and creamy leek soup make an easy and light midweek dinner or weekend lunch recipe.
Nothing beats a bowl of soup on a cold autumn day, this recipe pairs squash and apple with mature cheddar for a flavour packed meal.
Sweet squash, creamy butter beans and good dose of garlic make this autumnal recipe a flavour packed, low calorie meal.
A recipe that everyone should have in their repertoire, this salmon terrine comes with a burst of quick pickled celery to cut through the creamy richness.
Festively spiced buttery shrimps pair perfectly with sweet and sharp cucumber in this recipe fit for any Christmas dinner party starter.
A feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This heritage beetroot and candied walnut salad is full of earthy, tangy and sweet flavours.
Lemony, crunchy risotto cakes topped with rich smoked salmon and a dollop of zingy horseradish cream is the recipe to start your dinner party off with a bang.
Simple and quick to make, this wheat free chickpea fritter recipe makes the perfect light lunch or appetiser. Sweetcorn and little chunks of chorizo are a great alternative to chickpeas.
Clodagh Mckenna's easy smoked mackerel and dill pâté recipe makes an elegant starter for a dinner party.
Adapted from Mrs. Beeton's Victorian era cookbook, this potted chicken recipe has been updated with a meatier texture and fresh herbs.
This vegetarian soup recipe is served Mediterranean-style with homemade labneh and an aromatic spiced oil.
Served with a salad and bread, James Martin's fluffy twice-baked cheese soufflés make a full meal.
The garlic is fried until crispy to add crunch to this Asian-style prawn recipe.
Raymond Blanc’s Scottish-inspired soup recipe is full of hearty, smoky and heady flavours.
A vibrant pea soup recipe with the added indulgence of creamy blue cheese and meaty ham hock.
An interpretation of Scottish favourite, cock-a-leekie soup, this restaurant-style dish of chicken, scallops and leeks on a bed of prune purée would make an ideal dinner party starter.
This guinea fowl muligatawny soup recipe is lentil-rich, with a depth of warming spicy flavours.
Deep-fried squid or calamari is a classic Spanish tapas dish. Romesco sauce is made with ground almonds, breadcrumbs and garlic.
This hearty vegetarian soup recipe makes enough for two batches. Save some and freeze ahead for next time.
All you need to make this classy beef carpaccio recipe is a decent cut of fillet and a few other delicious, quality ingredients- parmesan, rocket, olive oil and dukka spice mix.
Great for a light supper or lunch or even a lazy brunch, this vegetarian dish makes the most of the earthy, meaty flavours of wild mushrooms.
This pear, scallop and chorizo dish is a warm salad that's quick, easy and ideal for serving at a dinner party.
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