Starters

Recipes, cooking tips and ideas for fabulous first courses

  • 21 Yogurt Crusted Indian Spiced Chicken
    Dish type: Starter Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes & 2 hours marinating time Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, chopped 100g fresh ginger, chopped 1 whole chicken, deboned and portioned...

  • 22 Aubergine Fritters With Chilli & Coriander Chutney
    Dish type: Starter Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes Serves: 2-4 Ingredients: 170g garam flour 1 tsp salt 2 tsp hot curry powder, toasted 1 small red chilli, finely chopped 100g Rachel’s...

  • 23 Japanese Style Rare Beef and Radish Roll-ups
    Dish type: Canapes Makes 16 Preparation time: 15 minutes + 1 hour chilling Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients 450g fillet steak (1 long thin piece works best) 2 tsp oil 8 radishes 4 spring onions 2cm...

  • 24 Griddled Halloumi and Pink Lady Apple Wedges with Caper, Anchovy and Herb Dressing
    Dish type: Canapes Sharing plates full of flavour is just what you need when entertaining friends. Use either a mix of herbs or a single one that is readily available. Leave out the anchovies in the dressing...

  • 25 Warm Pigeon Breast Salad with Caramalised Apple, Crispy Chorizo and Balsamic Syrup
    Dish type: Starter Preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes Serves 6 Ingredients 6 pigeon breasts 3 Cox’s eating apples 200g thinly sliced chorizo 100ml of balsamic vinegar 3 tbsp of brown sugar 500g...

  • 26 New England Clam, Salt Cod and Bacon Chowder from Sam's Brasserie
    Dish type: Soup Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutes Serves 4 Ingredients 16 large or 32 small clams 25g butter 50g streaky bacon, cut into small dice 110g onions, diced 225g potatoes, diced but not...

  • 27 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      ...

  • 28 Lemon Sole Ceviche
    Dish type: Ceviche Gregor Funcke, head chef at Ceviche in Soho, shared his oh-so-simple recipe for a light Lemon Sole Ceviche - Peru's quintessential fish dish. Serves 4       Ingredients 600g...

  • 29 Pumpkin and Chorizo Soup
    Dish type: Soup Serves 6 Cooking and preparation time: 1 hour Ingredients ½ a pumpkin – approx 1kg 1 white onion, chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp ground cumin 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1.2...

  • 30 Wasabi Devilled Eggs
    Dish type: Starter Serves: 6 Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients 6 large eggs, boiled for 8 minutes 200g mayonnaise 1 ½ teaspoons wasabi paste ½ teaspoon cider vinegar 2...

  • 31 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...

  • 32 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...

  • 33 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 •...

  • 34 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...

  • 35 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...

  • 36 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...

  • 37 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)...

  • 38 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...

  • 39 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...

  • 40 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...



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