Cheese Starters

Cheese starter ideas for your dinner party

We have some delicious cheesy starters for any dinner, family party or meal with friends. These appetisers all feature a variety of cheeses as their core ingredient,  including goats cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, blue cheese, halloumi and feta. Try one of our classic starters with cheese:

Quick and Easy Cheese Starters

Our first two simple cheese starters are perfect for your dinner parties, especially if you are looking for something easy to cook for the first course because your main or dessert is time-consuming to make, or if you are cooking for a last-minute party and need to keep it simple these starters are perfect

Goat’s Cheese Starter

Our first appetizer features goats cheese as its hero ingredient, this incredibly easy starter is the perfect recipe to begin any dinner party. This goat’s cheese salad has thick slices of goat’s cheese placed on ciabatta bread and lightly toasted till golden brown. The goat’s cheese and ciabatta discs are sprinkled with roasted and chopped hazelnuts and served with caramelised pears and rocket. The salad is completed with a fruity balsamic dressing. 

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This dish is ideal for a summer dinner party serve it with some simple chicken wraps and a strawberry mille-feuille

Camembert Starter

A delicious creamy baked camembert makes a great sharing starter. this warm camembert is flavoured with rosemary, garlic and maple syrup and baked in the oven till golden cream and fully melted. Served with toasted pitta triangles. Ideal for a French dinner party 

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Over 30 mins Cheese starters

These cheese-based starters are not difficult they just take a little longer to cook or prepare, they all have elements that can be pre-prepared the day before making it easier to cook on the day. 

Mozzarella Cheese Starter

This traditional Italian cheese appetiser is ideal for a crunchy creamy starter. The mozzarella is cut into sticks and coated in panko breadcrumbs for extra crunch and deep fried till crisp and golden brown. The crispy cheese sticks are served with a rich tomato sauce flavoured with oregano, garlic and basil which complement the creamy melted cheese perfectly.

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This dish is great for an Italian dinner party,  serve it with chicken, spinach and mushroom risotto and a mascarpone strawberry tart

Feta, Mozzarella and Halloumi Starter

This traditional middle eastern appetiser features three delicious kinds of cheese, feta, mozzarella and Halloumi. The cheeses are mixed with figs, lemons, pine nuts, mint coriander and parsley. The cheesy herb mixture is encased in a crisp filo pastry case. 

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This dish is ideal for a middle eastern dinner party serve it with harissa sticky chicken and a spiced chocolate orange tart

Blue Cheese Starter

These individual tarts make a tasty appetiser, the tartlets have a crisp shortcrust pastry with a simple filling of sliced sautéed leeks and crumbled blue cheese. The tarts are flavoured with chives, mustard and garlic and served with cherry tomatoes roasted in balsamic vinegar.

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Feta cheese Starter

 Crispy filo pastry parcels filled with a delicious combination of feta, spinach and onions, flavoured with oregano, lemon, garlic and nutmeg. These crunch pastry parcels are served with light creamy tzatziki and make the perfect appetisers 

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This dish is ideal for a Greek dinner party serve it with moussaka and a Karidopita walnut cake

Ricotta Cheese Starter

    An Indian-inspired cheese appetizer, Mushrooms stuffed with ricotta, peas and cashew nuts, gently poached in a spicy tomato sauce.

    Ricotta stuffed mushroom starter

    Perfect for any Indian-themed dinner party served with a chicken and spinach curry and an Indian pineapple cake 

    Parmesan and Ricotta Starter

    Crumbly shortcrust pastry tartlets, lined with a herby pesto and filled with a light savoury cheese custard, of ricotta and parmesan and topped with cherry tomatoes. The tarts are flavoured with saffron and black pepper. The cheesy tarts are served with a fresh green salad. 

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      These are our top 8 choices of starters with cheese as their hero ingredient, we have loads of other delicious starters if you are looking for other delicious ideas for your dinner party

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