Starters

Recipes, cooking tips and ideas for fabulous first courses

  • 41 Curried English Pea Soup with Paneer Naan
    Dish type: SoupServes 4 - 6Preparation and cooking time: 45 minutesIngredientsSoup:50g butter1 onion, peeled and diced2 garlic cloves, peeled and diced1 tbsp mild curry paste750g frozen peas1 litre vegetable or...

  • 42 Wasabi Devilled Eggs
    Dish type: StarterServes: 6Preparation and cooking time: 10 minutesIngredients6 large eggs, boiled for 8 minutes200g mayonnaise1 ½ teaspoons wasabi paste½ teaspoon cider vinegar2 spring onions, sliced75g cubed cooking chorizoPinch of...

  • 43 Pea and cream cheese stuffed mushrooms
    Serves 4Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutesIngredients:• 8 large flat mushrooms• 2 tbsp butter• 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped• 350g frozen peas• 350g garlic and herb cream cheese...

  • 44 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• 6...

  • 45 Blue Shell Mussels in Thai Coconut Sweet Chilli Sauce
    Serves 4Cooking Time: 10 minutesIngredients:4 tablespoons olive oil1 onion, peeled and sliced4 Thai shallots, peeled and roughly chopped2 12cm (5 inch) stalks lemon grass, 1 small chilli, deseed and chopped½...

  • 46 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...

  • 47 Roasted pumpkin salad with slices of Prosciutto San di Daniele, shavings of Grana Padano Cheese and red onion
    Dish type: SaladServes 6Cooking time: 40 minutesIngredients800g pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 8 even slices1 garlic clove, skin on and lightly crushed with the flat of a knife5 tblsp...

  • 48 Prosciutto di San Daniele with caramelised fig jam on crostini
    Dish type: StarterCreates 24 crostinisCooking time: 15 minutesIngredients4 figs, diced into 1cm cubes50g Demerara sugar1 tablespoon of honey8 slices of Prosciutto di San DanieleMethod:1) Cook the figs with the sugar...

  • 49 Braised savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with Prosciutto di San Daniele and Grana Padano Cheese
    Dish Type: starterServes 4Cooking time: 1 hourFor the wrap1 Savoy cabbageFor the stuffing250g ricotta50g Grana Padano Cheese, finely grated100g Prosciutto di San Daniele (sliced & cubed)Half a tspn of nutmeg1...

  • 50 Cornish crab soup with parsley croutons
    Dish type: FishServes: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 20-25 minutes + 45-50 minutes for the stockA rich and intensely flavoured soup with the taste of the seaside. Made from...

  • 51 Nathan Outlaw's Crab, "Classic Cheddar" and Chive Spanish Style Omelette
    Dish type: FishPreparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutesServes: 2 Ingredients: 4 tbsp rapeseed oil1 medium onion, finely chopped200g waxy potatoes, peeled and finely sliced or grated6 large free...

  • 52 Mackerel Marinated in Lime and Coconut with Sweet Potato Wedges
    Dish type: FishGreat value and super healthy, mackerel is delicious marinated and barbequed then served with sweet potato wedges and the aromatic, tasty sauce. Serves: 4 Preparation Time: 20 mins...

  • 53 Seafood Brochettes with White Wine Hollandaise
    Dish type: FishSimply 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...

  • 54 Trout and Ginger Salad
    Dish type: FishFresh 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...

  • 55 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...

  • 56 James Martin's Mushroom Soup with Coriander Cress
    Dish type: SoupsServes 4 Ingredients:· 1kg (2lb 3oz) flat mushrooms – sliced and dark gills removed· 100ml (3½fl oz) rapeseed oil· 2 large shallots, peeled and chopped· 2 cloves of...

  • 57 American Ranch Leafy Salad
    Dish type: SaladServes 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients:4 corn on the cob (900g) 400g can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1 red pepper, cut into...

  • 58 Summer Leafy Salad with Salsa Verde Dressing
    Dish type: SaladServes 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...

  • 59 Roasted Spicy Squash Leafy Salad
    Dish type: SaladServes 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients:1 kg butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into 2cm dice 4 tbsp olive oil (2tsp roasting; 2tsp...

  • 60 Crispy Duck & Sesame Leafy Salad
    Dish type: SaladServes 2-3 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Ingredients:610g pack half aromatic crispy duck (including 12 pancakes and hoisin sauce sachet) 3 tsp toasted sesame oil...



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