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Easy Starter Recipes

The Very Best Starter Recipes

The best starter recipes are the ones you feel would be most suitable for the occasion, plus those which go nicely before your chosen main course. Perhaps you want to make a hot meat starter recipe, a delicately flavoured fish starter or something with eggs, cheese or even fruit.

We have a lot of different starter recipes for you to browse and choose from, as well as plenty of handy starter making tips. You can make starters for two people to enjoy over a cosy dinner or lots of different snacks for a buffet or a big party.

You will find plenty of choice here, when it comes to starter recipes - everything from classic British starter recipes to exotic international fare. The starters you serve are the first food your guests will eat and they set the tone for the rest of the meal, so it important to know how to make the best starter recipes.

Tasty Meat Starter Recipes

Some of the most famous starter recipes are meat-based ones. Succulent beef teriyaki, elegant carpaccio, chicken sate, rissoles and bacon-wrapped dates are just some of your options if you are thinking about meat starter recipes. You can make a meat starter no matter what you are going to make for the main course. It is better not to use the same meat in the starter and the main course but you can use variety.

What about a chicken starter recipe if you are having a beef main course or a pork starter recipe if you are serving chicken after? As well as contrasting the type of meat or poultry you use, you can contrast flavours. A sweet starter recipe might be good before a spicy main course for example.

Let your imagination guide you when you are deciding which delicious meat starter recipes to make.

Using Fish to Make Starters

Seafood starters like prawn cocktail, mussels or crab salad are classic dishes and they are simple to make. You can also use fish like cod, herring or trout to make tasty fish starter recipes. Canned mackerel can be made into a wonderful mackerel pate and caviar can be used both as a garnish and as an ingredient in your fish starter recipes.

A delicate fish starter is delicious before a meat-based main course but it could also go before a vegetarian or fish main course. Prawn cocktail would make a good starter before a fish risotto or seafood paella for a seafood-lovers' dinner.

Cool Summer Starters

When it's summer you aren't going to want to be standing over a hot hob. This is when tasty salad recipes, easy chilled fish starters and similar recipes come into their own. You can use fresh seasonal fruit like strawberries, watermelon or peaches for fish or chicken salads, chilled fruit and cheese kebabs and to make little tarts and pastries.

Vol-au-vents are nice to serve in the summer and anything else which is light and flavourful without being stodgy or heavy. Chilled soup recipes like homemade gazpacho make great summer starter recipes as well.

Quick and Easy Starters

If you are having a dinner party and making an elaborate main course, the odds are that you would prefer something easy for the starters, unless you are going all out to impress!

There are lots of different hot starters you can make in advance and warm through, as well as cold starter recipes that you can make in the morning and leave in the fridge until you are ready to serve them. Remember that the whole point of starters is to give your guests something to nibble on while they wait for the main course, so a quick and easy starter recipe is nearly always ideal.

Quick and easy doesn't have to mean boring though - not at all! Some of the most classic and famous starter recipes are very basic. Parma ham draped over melon wedges is a classic appetizer, as is a five ingredient chicken salad or warm asparagus with two sauces. Nobody will be disappointed with a starter like that and you even find similar dishes in top restaurants (for ten times the price they will cost you to make, of course!)

For a buffet you can make a selection of simple snacks like cheese and olives on sticks, and then a few more elaborate ones too. Mix and match so there is something for everyone.

Enjoy looking through the easy starter recipes we have to offer and hopefully you will find the perfect ideas for starter recipes to make your dinner party or event go with a bang and be a wonderful success in every way!

Starter Recipes And Starter Article Links

Meat Starters
Fish Starters
Vegetarian Starters
Soup Starters
International Starters
Special Diet Starters
5 Minute Starters
Starter Articles



Meat Starters

The Best Meat Starters

Meat starters are very popular and you can choose from beef starters, pork starters, lamb starters, chicken starters and many more delicious starter recipes. Meat starters can be served before a fish course or before a meat course if you are going to be serving a different meat. Our meat starters look just as good as they taste and they won't take you too long to make. If you have carnivores coming for dinner, take a look at some of our best meat starter recipes.

Mouth-watering Meat Starters

Meat starters are one of the most loved types of starters and there is plenty of scope if you want to make something full flavoured and meaty. What about homemade meatballs or chicken sate? You can serve an elegant meat starter like carpaccio or an easy starter recipe with meat such as beef and potato rissoles, parma ham with melon or even spare ribs. Sausage rolls are great for buffets and so are mini empanadas or little meat pasties. There are hundreds of meat starter recipes to choose from.

Authentic Italian Meatballs with Basil
Aberdeen Sausage Starter Recipe
Beef and Potato Rissoles Recipe
Chicken and Walnut Pate Recipe
Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad Recipe
Parma Ham with Melon Recipe
Sticky Spare Ribs with Chinese Leaves and Noodles Recipe
Easy Marinated Chicken Skewers

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Fish Starters

Fancy Fish Starters

Fish starters are great if you are planning to serve a meat main course. Fish starters include popular seafood starters such as mussels, prawn cocktail and more and we also have fish soup starter recipes in our soup section if you fancy a light, fragrant soup dish or a chowder. Fish starters are usually delicately flavoured and lightly fragranced but you might like to make a boldly flavoured fish starter recipe instead, depending on which fish you are using.

Different Kinds of Fish Starters

Fish starters don't have to be fiddly or difficult and there are lots of three or four ingredient fish starter recipes you can choose from if you want to keep things simple yet serve impressive and attractive food. Crabsticks, ocean pinks and tinned fish are low budget options if you want to make something tasty but inexpensive. You can make amazing fish pate with tinned fish or use ocean pinks to make a summer seafood starter. We also have prawn, lobster and crab starters if you want to make something memorable for a special occasion.

Hot Herring Starter Recipe with Mustard Sauce
Classic Prawn Cocktail Main Site Photo Recipe
Anchovy and Melon Salad Recipe
Catalan Mussels Recipe
Herring Potato and Dill Salad Recipe
Oysters in Chive Sauce Recipe
Prawn Cocktail Recipe
Tasty Tuna Fishcake Recipe
Fish Mousse Recipe
Aromatic Crab Cakes
Seafood Soup Recipe

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Vegetarian Starters

Exciting and Flavourful Vegetarian Starters

Vegetarian starters are delicious, no matter whether your whole dinner is vegetarian or whether your main course is fish or meat based. Our vegetarian starter recipes include egg and cheese based dishes and we also use herbs and spices to make exciting dishes rather than bland ones. Not using meat, poultry or fish doesn't have to be a problem and our exciting vegetarian starter recipes are a testament to that.

Vegetarian Starters for Everybody

Our vegetarian starters include dishes like baked camembert, bean salad, mini onion quiches and easy Italian bread salad. If you prefer not to use meat or fish, there are plenty of delicious vegetarian starter recipes to choose from, based on eggs, vegetables, cheese, nuts or a combination of these. Vegetarian starters can be hot, warm or chilled and there are some really good vegetarian dip recipes you can make too, like an artichoke dip or homemade hummus. If you want something unusual or more strongly flavoured, a starter recipe like pears with stilton and curd cheese might be right up your street.

Colourful Tuscan Bread Salad
Artichoke Dip Recipe
Bean Salad with Mozzarella Recipe
Camembert Baked in its Box Recipe
Mini Onion Quiches Recipe
Orange and Avocado Salad Recipe
Pears with Stilton and Curd Cheese Recipe
The Best Devilled Eggs
Crispy Baked Camembert

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Soup Starters

Easy Soup Starters

Soup starters make a great beginning to any meal and there are literally thousands of different soup starter recipes to choose from, including meat, fish or vegetables. Ideas include minestrone soup, tomato soup, vegetable soup, chicken soup and lots of others too. A consomme or thin, clear soup is nice if you are going to serve a heavy main meal and you don't want everyone to be full before they begin!

Soup Starters Both Chilled and Hot

Chilled soups might be more unusual than hot soup recipes but they are wonderful if you are thinking about summer starter recipes. You can use fruit to make a sweet soup recipe or fish, meat or vegetables to make a classic dish. Spanish gazpacho is nice in the spring or summer. If you want something hearty and warming for autumn or winter, perhaps a carrot and chestnut soup or apple and parsnip soup sounds good to you. Our homemade soup recipes are really easy to follow and soup always makes a classic starter recipe.

Potato Leek Soup with Bacon
Apple and Parsnip Soup Recipe
Carrot and Chestnut Soup Recipe
Lebanese Cucumber Soup Recipe
Easy Cherry Soup Recipe

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International Starters

Unusual and Interesting International Starters

International starters are very popular these days now that people are happy to be experimental about different cuisines. Whether you fancy making some Thai starter recipes, Chinese starter recipes, Japanese starter recipes or something else, we have some ideas for you. Some international starters are hot and spicy, some are gently aromatic and others are simple and mild in flavour. You don't have to serve an international meal after an international starter recipe. Mixing and matching is half the fun.

International Starters from Around the Globe

Gone are the days when starters had to be prawn cocktail, toast and pate or a bowl of soup. International starters like Finnish pasties, sushi, chicken kebabs, beef teriyaki and Mexican nachos are just as simple to make as classic British starter recipes and people love to try new flavours. International ingredients are widely available from leading supermarkets these days and you can add an international twist to a lot of classic starter recipes. We have exotic starters from all over the world to tempt your taste buds.

Exotic Mango and Chicken Salad
Chinese Prawn Toast Recipe
Finnish Beef and Onion Pasties Recipe
Japanese Beef Teriyaki Recipe
Mexican Cocktail Nachos Recipe

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Special Diet Starters

Special Diet Starters for Everyone

Special diet starters are handy if one of your guests has a special dietary requirement or if you are on the Atkins diet, South Beach diet or something similar and you still fancy a tasty starter recipe before your main course. Special diet starters don't have to be boring either. Just because you can't use a certain food or food group doesn't mean you can't make an exciting special diet starter recipe with the ingredients you are allowed to use!

Types of Special Diet Starters

Perhaps you want to make a starter recipe without using dairy products or something very low in fat. We have a variety of special diet starters for you to choose from, which means that you can make something delicious and appealing. You might even fancy one of our special diet starters if you are not following a special diet because there is a wide range to choose from, including dairy free asparagus with lemon and chives, vegan parsnip crisps, sweet cantaloupe melon with seafood and lots more.

Dairy Free Cantaloupe and Prawn Starter
Dairy Free Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Chives Recipe
Gluten Free Grilled Lettuce with Goat Cheese Recipe
Vegan Parsnip Crisps Recipe
Vegan Squash Crostini Recipe
Low Carb Mini Quiches

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5 Minute Starters

Quick and Easy 5 Minute Starters

5 minute starters are perfect if you are in a rush or if your planned starter has gone wrong beyond repair and you don't want anyone to know! Here we have some tasty meat, fish and vegetarian starters that you can make in an emergency with some common ingredients that you have in your kitchen cupboard or fridge already and don't worry - nobody will know that you made them at the very last minute.

5 Minute Starters for Any Occasion

This type of starter recipe is also ideal if you have a lot of food to make at once, for example if you are catering for a buffet. 5 minutes starters can be just as delicious as ones that take longer. Whether you want to make simple canapes, a quick and easy soup recipe, cheese and cold meat on sticks or an easy dip recipe, our 5 minute starters make it possible. There are hot and chilled 5 minute starter recipes so you can pick the perfect one for any occasion.

Mediterranean Tapas Platter
Devils on Horseback Recipe
Duck Galettes Recipe
Fried Brie with Hot Cranberry Sauce Recipe
Quick Mackerel Pate Recipe

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Starter Articles

Handy Starter Articles

Starters are a very important part of a meal and it is important to know how to choose which starters you should make, as well as learning some tips for making the best starter recipes and presenting them attractively. Our starter articles will help you to make the best starters possible and guide you through the whole process, including ingredient selection, matching your starter recipes to your main courses and more. Whether you are a cooking novice or a seasoned chef, our starter articles can help you to create wonderful starters.

Starter Articles for Fun and Information

Perhaps you are wondering about the origin of a particular starter or just curious about the history of starters in general, in which case you might find our starter articles of interest. Did you know that some dishes which are considered desserts can also make great starters or that starters don't even have to be savoury? Visit our starter articles section for some fun facts and interesting trivia about starter recipes, as well as all the starter making advice you will need.

Starter Recipes for All Seasons
Starters Tips and Tricks
Ideas for Starters
Choosing the Best Starter Recipes for the Occasion
Different Kinds of Starter Recipes
Which Starters Should You Make
An Introduction to Starter Recipes
Why Homemade Starter Recipes are Best
The Evolution of Starter Recipes
Making Starters Everyone Will Love
Starter Recipes Around the Globe
Very Easy Starter Recipes
Top Tips for Gorgeous Starter Recipes
Top Tips for Gorgeous Starter Recipes
The Most Famous British Starters

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Updated: June 14, 2013