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Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

Gooey, melted cheese and crispy, golden bread make a stunning centrepiece to share with friends over drinks or as a dinner party starter - make ahead for fuss-free entertaining

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Smoked salmon, horseradish and cress toasts

smoked salmon, horseradish & cress toasts: ½ teaspoon creamed horseradish ½ small tub crème fraîche 1 small pinch sea salt 1 small pinch freshly ground black pepper 1 squeeze lemon juice 1 loaf ciabatta extra virgin olive oil 300 g smoked salmon, from sustainable sources, ask your fishmonger ½ punnet cress extra virgin olive oil 1 squeeze lemon juice

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White wine mushroom bruschetta with halloumi

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Cranberry & Brie Bites

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Tomato and pesto tarts

A perfect starter or even a canapé recipe from TV presenter and chef John Torode, the classic flavours of tomato and pesto shine through these rustic tarts. Use a good quality pesto, or have a go at making your own.

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Sweet Potato Stackers and other Christmas nibbles. Cut sweet potatoes into 1cm discs, toss with oil and some seasoning on a baking sheet. Roast 20-30 mins at gas 6 until golden and crisp on the outside, then leave to cool. To serve, mix mayonnaise with lemon juice. Pile a scrunched up piece of prosciutto on each star, top with a blob of mayo. | Butcher, Baker

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Prawn & crab cocktail lettuce cups

Serve seafood on a sharing platter and let everyone build their own little prawn cocktail bites for a perfect dinner party starter or canapé

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Parma ham, goats’ cheese and rocket canapés

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