Our best starter recipes
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or planning a three-course feast, you’ll be needing a crowd-pleasing starter to set you and your guests up for an evening of fine food.
There’s no need to stress; we’ve got you covered on the starter front. Be it a colourful Greek mezze platter, a classic ham hock terrine or smoked salmon crostini, our round-up of best ever starters has something in it to please everyone’s palates.
A timeless, easy-to-make starter which will satisfy whoever’s at the table – what’s not to like? Quick-pickled radish offers a subtle burst of sharpness, while a sprinkling of chopped dill adds extra freshness.
This Moroccan-inspired dish makes a wonderfully fragrant start to the evening, with coriander flatbreads acting as the perfect vehicle for a full-of-flavour red lentil pâté. It’s suitable for vegetarians, too.
Smoked salmon is a sophisticated party staple, whether it’s served with blinis, sourdough or merely on its own. In this recipe, a simple but effective assembly of ingredients make a stand-out crostini canapé; we promise it’ll go down a treat with guests.
This Scandi-style starter has a lot going for it, balancing an oh-so-creamy sauce with hot-smoked salmon, pickled herrings and fiery horseradish. It only takes ten minutes to make, so it’s perfect for when time isn’t on your side.
Ever fancied curing your own salmon? Now’s the time. It’s easy to do, adds that extra wow-factor and when paired with crème fraiche and crusty bread, makes a fabulous combination which is sure to set mouths watering.
Looking for a starter to get taste buds tingling? Take a good look at our version on the classic Spanish soup, perfectly paired with crab meat to add texture and keep things light.
We’re all for updating classic dishes to make them even more delicious, which is why we’ve added oozing stilton croutons to the tried-and-tested French onion soup. Trust us, it makes it a little bit more decadent and extra-indulgent.
If in doubt, know that a good-quality mezze is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Our more-ish Greek platter embraces a variety of piquant flavours, balancing salty parma ham with herby slices of halloumi, mixed olives and crusty sourdough. Perfect for keeping guests entertained.
Here’s a simple, elegant starter teeming with gorgeous summer flavours of oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh, creamy burrata. Finish with a sprinkling of pine nuts and you’ve got one sophisticated starter on your hands.
Dinner parties mark a fitting time to impress, which is why you should consider presenting this beautiful goat’s cheese tart to your guests. The delicious blend of creamy goat’s cheese, sweet peppers and crispy pastry speaks for itself, but it’s a pretty good-looking tart, too!
Asparagus tempura is the starter you didn’t know you needed. Until now. The combination of feather-light tempura batter and salty miso mayonnaise will make a standout dinner party starter; we guarantee guests will go crazy for this one.
Simple but by no means dull, these slow-cooked red peppers – filled with fresh tomatoes, thyme and capers – are baked until soft and sweet then served with fresh basil. It’ll stay in your dinner party repertoire for years to come.
A go-to dinner party recipe with a blue cheese twist, why not give this herby soufflé a go for the chance to really impress your guests? They’re not as challenging as you might think!
A strong contender for the most captivating starter ever, make this beautiful board of British cured meat to tempt both the eye and taste buds with contrasting flavours, textures and colours. It’s too good not to try for yourself.
Donal Skehan’s version of the classic French recipe is easy to prepare in advance, making it a starter which is as reliable as it is impressive. We advise serving with good crusty bread or a bracing green salad.
We can’t imagine many who won’t go crazy for baked camembert, especially one which is oozy, boozy and covered in pancetta. Arguably the most indulgent way to kickstart a dinner party or gathering.
A cut of fillet, parmesan, rocket, olive oil and dukka spice mix – that’s all you need to make this classy beef carpaccio recipe, a testament to the idea that sometimes, simplicity is key.