Starters

Recipes, cooking tips and ideas for fabulous first courses

Rump Steak Anticucho Skewers

Dish type: Barbecue Gregor Funcke, head chef at Soho's Ceviche, gives us his best Peruvian anticucho recipe, a fusion dish that is the result of African migration to Peru. Serves 4      ...

Curried English Pea Soup with Paneer Naan

Dish type: Soup Serves 4 - 6 Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients Soup: 50g butter 1 onion, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced 1 tbsp mild curry paste 750g frozen peas 1...

Pea and cream cheese stuffed mushrooms

Serves 4 Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients: • 8 large flat mushrooms • 2 tbsp butter • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped • 350g frozen peas • 350g garlic...

Roasted tomato basil soup

Ingredients • 1.5kg ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise • 60ml plus 30ml good olive oil • 1 tbsp salt • 1 1/2 tsps freshly ground black pepper • 2 chopped yellow onions •...

Blue Shell Mussels in Thai Coconut Sweet Chilli Sauce

Serves 4 Cooking Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, peeled and sliced 4 Thai shallots, peeled and roughly chopped 2 12cm (5 inch) stalks lemon grass, 1 small chilli, deseed...

Mini satay chicken skewers

Chicken Satay Sticks are always a firm favourite at any party and perfect for any celebration. Alternatively you use turkey, beef or prawns and, if you like your food a little hotter, add more sweet chilli...

Braised savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese

Dish Type: starter Serves 4 Cooking time: 1 hour For the wrap 1 Savoy cabbage For the stuffing 250g ricotta 50g Grana Padano Cheese, finely grated 100g Prosciutto di San Daniele (sliced & cubed) Half...

Prosciutto di San Daniele with caramelised fig jam on crostini

Dish type: Starter Creates 24 crostinis Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients 4 figs, diced into 1cm cubes 50g Demerara sugar 1 tablespoon of honey 8 slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele Method: 1)...

Roasted pumpkin salad with slices of Prosciutto San di Daniele, shavings of Grana Padano Cheese and red onion

Dish type: Salad Serves 6 Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients 800g pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 8 even slices 1 garlic clove, skin on and lightly crushed with the flat of a knife 5 tblsp olive...

Cornish crab soup with parsley croutons

Dish type: Fish Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20-25 minutes + 45-50 minutes for the stock A rich and intensely flavoured soup with the taste of the seaside. Made from brown and...

Nathan Outlaw's Crab, "Classic Cheddar" and Chive Spanish Style Omelette

Dish type: Fish Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Serves: 2 Ingredients: 4 tbsp rapeseed oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 200g waxy potatoes, peeled and finely sliced or grated 6...

Trout and Ginger Salad

Dish type: Fish Fresh griddled trout and smoked trout are delicious on their own. Put them together, add a ginger dressing and you have a sensational first course or light main course that is easy...

Seafood Brochettes with White Wine Hollandaise

Dish type: Fish Simply grilled seafood with an extravagant buttery sauce is a perfect combination. Hollandaise may be a little more challenging for the novice cook but well worth the effort.  ...

Mackerel Marinated in Lime and Coconut with Sweet Potato Wedges

Dish type: Fish Great value and super healthy, mackerel is delicious marinated and barbequed then served with sweet potato wedges and the aromatic, tasty sauce.     Serves: 4   Preparation...

James Martin's Mushroom Soup with Coriander Cress

Dish type: Soups Serves 4 Ingredients: · 1kg (2lb 3oz) flat mushrooms – sliced and dark gills removed · 100ml (3½fl oz) rapeseed oil · 2 large shallots, peeled and...

Mushroom maestro James Martin on the joys of the versatile veg

Many a weekend we enjoy watching James Martin on Saturday Kitchen, either rustling up a new recipe or umpiring that record breaking omelette race! Now the celebrity chef has created six new...

Summer Leafy Salad with Salsa Verde Dressing

Dish type: Salad Serves 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Ingredients: 4 tbsp chopped mixed herbs (parsley, chives, mint, thyme) 2 tsp capers, chopped (12g) 3 tbsp extra virgin olive...



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