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Chicken liver pâté

James Martin's luxuriously rich dinner party starter can be made up to two days in advance for fuss-free entertaining - serve with toasted brioche, cornichons and chutney.

Author: James Martin

Seared scallops with leeks & lemon chilli butter

Scallops love a bit of lemon and chilli plus, they are ready in a flash. The perfect way to impress last-minute guests

Author: Jane Hornby

Baked ham with brown sugar & mustard glaze

Served hot or cold, this delicious cut of pork with a sugar glaze is best sliced into thick pieces

Author: Good Food team

Salt & pepper squid

Crisp, spicy coating and hot, tender squid make an irresistible combination

Author: Barney Desmazery

Pork rillettes

A French dish of potted meat with garlic, juniper and brandy. Slow-cook pork until tender then set into individual ramekins for a sensational starter

Author: Barney Desmazery

Hot wings

Who doesn't love hot wings? They're the perfect help-yourself starter. These are roasted to give them that distinctive crunch and glazed with soy and Sriracha

Author: Tom Kerridge

Dough balls with garlic butter

Serve a platter of warm dough balls with plenty of garlic butter. This easy recipe makes a great sharing-style starter for family and friends

Author: Lulu Grimes

Crispy fried calamari & aïoli

Transport yourself to a seaside taverna with Mediterranean-inspired deep-fried squid rings and garlicky aïoli. Cooking this is easier than you think

Author: Esther Clark

Simple seafood platter

Raid your local fishmongers for a selection to suit your budget and you have an instant impressive starter

Author: Barney Desmazery

Crab cakes with sweet chilli & ginger dipping sauce

An easy help-yourself starter with the zest and spice of ginger and chilli

Author: Good Food team

Spiced crab cakes with lemon & lime aïoli

Simple fishcakes made from delicate shellfish and Asian spices - coriander, sesame and chilli add a kick. Serve with a citrus mayonnaise

Author: Good Food team

Chicken liver parfait

Get your dinner party off to a great start with a silky-smooth chicken liver parfait. Serve with toasted brioche and a sweet chutney for an indulgent starter

Author: Tom Kerridge

Potted crab

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

Author: Tom Kerridge

Siu mai (dim sum)

Make one of the most popular types of dim sum, siu mai. They're traditionally topped with fish roe, but we've opted for goji berries for a pop of colour

Author: Katie Hiscock

Crostini of artichokes & chives

A sophisticated starter that takes just minutes to put together

Author: Orlando Murrin

Goat's cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese

Author: James Martin

Citrus cured salmon gravadlax

Gravadlax makes a stunning prepare-ahead starter or centrepiece for your New Year festivities

Author: Gordon Ramsay

Fresh & smoked salmon rillettes

A simple starter, fresh and rich, that makes a bit more of a pack of smoked salmon - serve instead of pâté on rye or piled into chicory leaves

Author: Diana Henry

Green gazpacho

Try this dazzling take on the classic chilled Spanish soup - this version is made with green veg, herbs and yogurt. Add edible flower ice cubes for extra special presentation

Author: Cassie Best

Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts

Melted cheese pairs beautifully with baked figs and walnut in this easy baked dish. It's great as a cheese course or sharing starter

Author: Sarah Cook

Dressed crab

Learn a basic method for 'picking' crabmeat, then serve the brown and white meat back in its shell with a few extra ingredients

Author: Good Food team

Cauliflower & apple soup

Take two classic ingredients and whip up a light, fresh vegetarian soup to feed a crowd in style

Author: James Martin

Chicken liver & raisin pâté

This delicious, unashamedly rich starter is the sort of dish that makes entertaining stress-free, as it can be made up to three days ahead

Author: Raymond Blanc

Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots

Whet the appetite for the main event by serving guests this special chicken terrine with leeks and apricots. It can be made up to three days ahead

Author: Jane Hornby

Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce

Get your wok hot and your tastebuds jumping with these classic Thai snacks

Author: John Torode

Port & chicken liver pâté

Impress dinner guests with homemade port and chicken liver pâté, which takes just 30 minutes to make. Enjoy as a starter with our rosemary crackers

Author: Emma Freud

Simple crab bruschetta

This easy Spring starter is perfect for the beginnings of an Easter feast. Thick slices of sourdough, crab and crunchy radishes make a fresh, zesty starter

Author: Sophie Godwin - Cookery writer

Ricotta, fig & prosciutto crostini

Little Italian toasts topped with creamy cheese, sweet fruit and salty ham - a killer combination to be served as a nibble

Author: Barney Desmazery

Warm salad of asparagus, bacon, duck egg & hazelnuts

A smart and stylish springtime starter that is super healthy to boot

Author: Orlando Murrin

Greens, potato & chorizo soup

Blend spinach, rocket and potato to make this vibrant soup. The chorizo and red chilli garnish is really special, providing a fantastic flavour contrast

Author: Diana Henry

Smoked salmon carpaccio

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream

Author: James Martin

Kipper pâté

Whizz up sustainable smoked fish with horseradish, lemon and cream cheese, plus a little spinach for colour, then serve with toast as a light starter

Author: Good Food team

Marinated feta in thyme & chilli oil

Pack salty Greek cheese into jars with olive oil, thyme, tomatoes, artichokes and olives - mop up the goodness with bread

Author: Sara Buenfeld

Pan fried scallops with butternut squash two ways

Serve up a restaurant-style starter at home - much of it can be made ahead so you can relax with a glass of wine on the night

Author: Gordon Ramsay

Chilli & lime squid salad

James Martin's sensational starter is sure to impress dinner party guests - marinate the squid overnight, then sear just before serving over avocado and rocket

Author: James Martin

Warm Mexican bean dip with tortilla chips

A quick and easy party dip which is superhealthy, freezable and counts towards your five-a-day - what more could you want?

Author: Good Food team

Ajo blanco

Miriam's easy, chilled almond soup makes a refreshing starter and only has 4 ingredients for an authentic Spanish taste

Author: miriamgonzlezdurntez

Salt & pepper squid with roast chilli dressing

This sophisticated recipe puts a new spin on party food, great for a family celebration

Author: John Torode

Cajun style prawn cocktail

Breathe new life into prawn cocktail, a classic Christmas cocktail. With the addition of some Cajun spices, it's a flavour-packed modern twist

Author: Melissa Thompson - Journalist and food writer

Chicken skewers with satay dip

If you're looking for a quick dinner party canapé you can't go far wrong with this easy classic

Author: Good Food team

Crab & melon salad

This elegant seafood starter is sure to impress - buy freshly picked crab meat or see our step-by-step guide to preparing a whole crab

Author: Monica Galetti

Whipped brie salad with dates & candied walnuts

This sumptuous salad is perfect for a group starter and can be whipped up the night before

Author: Good Food team

Smoked salmon with capers & pickled shallots

This fresh and zingy salad is packed with contrasting flavours and textures. It's ideal for entertaining

Author: James Martin

Broccoli caesar salad

Make this broccoli caesar salad for an easy, sophisticated starter. Ready in just 10 minutes, it's ideal for a dinner party or Christmas lunch

Author: Barney Desmazery

Crayfish cocktail with horseradish cream

Give the classic prawn cocktail a twist by pairing crayfish tails with tangy horseradish and creamy avocado in this delicious dinner party starter

Author: James Martin

Artichoke & pecorino bruschetta

These simple and speedy antipasti-friendly toasts are perfect for when you want to spend less time in the kitchen and more with your guest

Author: Bill Granger

Thai mango, chilli & lime cups

Serve these quick, zingy vegetarian nibbles at your next party

Author: Good Food team

Bengali roast chicken

Serve this spiced chicken in an aromatic masala for a starter at a family feast. Packed with flavour, it's a popular Bengali dish - one you're sure to cook time and time again

Author: Afia Begom - Afelia's Kitchen

Smoked salmon with lentil salad

A simply stylish salad that will make an impressive dinner party starter this Christmas

Author: Mary Cadogan

Brie wrapped in prosciutto & brioche

This decadent bake from Paul Hollywood combines slightly sweet French bread with a creamy ham and cheese filling

Author: Paul Hollywood