For special occasions, a starter is a fantastic way to treat your guests – and yourself – to an extra dish, one which gets their appetite going for the evening ahead. So, to start you off in planning your evening, here’s a few tips!
Tips for making starters:
- If you’re feeling the pressure of cooking on a particular occasion – e.g. Christmas dinner – choose something that can be prepared a day or two ahead of time, such as cauliflower soup or garlic mushrooms.
- Showcase local or classic ingredients – like this stunning seared scallop and black pudding combination.
- Keep serving sizes for starters on the small side. The purpose of a starter is just to get your appetite going, but it’s important to make sure everyone will have room left for the main event.
- If there’s at least one vegetarian in your party, consider making a veggie-friendly starter for everyone rather than two separate options.
- To save on washing up, ask your guests to keep their cutlery after the starter. If it’s only close friends and/or family, they shouldn’t mind!