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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cucumber soup

The refreshing cucumber soup is served cold, so it will go down well on a summer's day. Ladle it into bowls for a smaller gathering, or pour into small cups for an amuse-bouche.

Author: Samuel Goldsmith

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

Crostini of artichokes & chives

A sophisticated starter that takes just minutes to put together

Author: Orlando Murrin

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

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

Baked feta with burst tomatoes & chilli honey

Enjoy baked feta with roasted cherry tomatoes and honey. It's an ideal starter for a dinner party - serve with a green salad and crusty bread

Author: Good Food team

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

Citrus cured salmon gravadlax

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

Author: Gordon Ramsay

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

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

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

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

Thai fishcakes with sweet chilli sauce

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

Author: John Torode

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

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

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

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

Griddled pears with goat's cheese & hazelnut dressing

Impress guests with this deceptively simple starter, made with pears, goat's cheese, watercress and hazelnuts. It's ready in just 15 minutes, and perfect at Christmas

Author: Barney Desmazery

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

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

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

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

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

Cauliflower & apple soup

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

Author: James Martin

Ajo blanco

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

Author: miriamgonzlezdurntez

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

Cheesy puff pastry asparagus tart

Cheesy asparagus tart made with puff pastry is a delicious, easy vegetarian recipe perfect for breakfast, brunch or a fuss-free lunch.

Author: Alida Ryder

Pinwheel pizzas

Use a packet bread mix to roll up individual pizza buns filled with tomato, basil, mozzarella and pepperoni

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian cured salmon with prawns, pickled salad & dill lime crème fraîche

Make this cured salmon and prawn dish as a classy starter for a dinner party. It takes a few days of prep, but it's well worth it for the flavour that you get

Author: Jane Hornby

Ham hock terrine

Cured slow-cooked pork is a great foundation for a coarse pâté style starter and can be made in advance

Author: Good Food team

Baked artichoke dip

Reader Margaret Cody shares her moreish party dish- the creamy vegetarian filling baked into a round loaf will go down a storm with guests

Author: Good Food team