Budget starters (43)

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    72 reviews
     
    25min

    This pâté makes a delicious and elegant starter. Serve with thin slices of toasted baguette.

    Recipe by: MISS AMY

     
    2 reviews
     
    5min

    This ubiquitous Greek dish is served as a meze, or as a side to chips. I also like it in sandwiches. The type and amount of chilli you use is up to you - the hotter you like it, the more you should add! This produces a rather mild tyrokafteri that should please everyone's tastes - start with half a chilli if you're timid. Serve with crusty bread or pitta for an unbelievably quick and easy nibble!

    Recipe by: Diana Moutsopoulos

     
    180 reviews
     
    30min

    These cheesy and buttery cheese straws come with a kick thanks to a touch of cayenne. If desired, omit the cayenne for a simple cheese straw recipe.

    Recipe by: Carol

     
    96 reviews
     
    10min

    This basic recipe for houmous is quick and easy - you'll have no reason to buy it from the supermarket again!

    Recipe by: TAZF18

     
    10 reviews
     
    27min

    These chicory leaves stuffed with egg mayo make a great nibble or starter. They look pretty too. If you are taking them to a party, the egg-mayo may be made the night before and refrigerated along with washed and dried chicory leaves wrapped in kitchen roll.

    Recipe by: ELEANOR1052

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