10 Easy British Appetizer Recipes

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    Discover a Favorite Appetizer

    British food does not have to be difficult to make and most of it is actually quite easy to prepare. And when it comes to appetizers, you have plenty of great recipes to choose from.

    You can quickly whip together some wonderful and delicious British appetizers such as traditional favorites like bubble and squeak as well as modern marvels like an Asian-spiced turkey salad. 

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    Bubble and Squeak

    One of the most popular British appetizers is bubble and squeak. This potato cake recipe is incredibly easy and will take just about 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish. 

    The best part of bubble and squeak is it uses leftover mashed potatoes, traditionally from a big Sunday meal. You can also use whatever vegetables you have on hand (or leftover), with cabbage, swede, carrots, peas, and Brussel sprouts being among the favorites.

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    Traditional Colcannon

    If you're seeking a traditional Irish recipe to kick off your meal, look no further than Colcannon. This hearty potato recipe is similar to bubble and squeak and the Scottish version called Rumbledethumps.

    The beauty of Colcannon is that you can make it in the traditional mashed potato way or you can form it into cakes, which are perfect to serve as a first course. The dish features onions, and although kale is the classic ingredient, cabbage is not half bad, either. 

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    Scottish Tattie Scones

    Potatoes are everywhere in British cuisine and tattie scones are another great option for using up those leftover mashed potatoes. While traditionally a breakfast food, these scones can work for any meal of the day.

    Most popular in Scotland, tattie scones are tasty little potato cakes that fry up in just a few minutes. While egg may not be a traditional ingredient, it does help bind the cake. You also want to make sure your potatoes are good for mashing.

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    Quick Vegetable Frittata

    It may not be traditional British fare, but vegetable frittata is very popular in the U.K. If you have yet to give a homemade frittata a try, this recipe is the perfect opportunity.

    A frittata is a quick and easy egg dish that fries up in just a few minutes, ideal to serve to guests. You simply add your favorite diced vegetables along with garlic, onion, and goat (or other) cheese to create a delicious appetizer. Cut it into slices and serve it alongside a salad for the perfect start to a great...MORE meal.

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    Classic Prawn Cocktail

    Start your dinner party off right with a classic prawn cocktail recipe. While it was a real hit in the 1960s and 70s, it lost favor for awhile—but it's back!

    This super quick appetizer features the freshest prawns and shrimp you can find, and the sauce is incredible. Making your own cocktail sauce is very easy—all you need is mayonnaise, horseradish, and ketchup. Place prawns on a bed of crisp lettuce alongside the sauce and your guests will be delighted.

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    Cauliflower, Broccoli, and Mustard Soup

    Two favorite vegetables come together in one hot, steaming soup. Cauliflower, broccoli, and mustard soup is an ideal complement to a winter dinner, and the flavor is remarkable.

    Steamed cauliflower and broccoli is combined with potato, garlic, and onion and simmered in vegetable broth until tender. The soup is then purred and seasoned with your favorite whole grain mustard and crème fraiche, which gives it that lovely creamy touch. 

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    Watercress and Rocket Soup

    Should you need a little pick-me-up, this soup recipe is here to help. Watercress and rocket soup is healthy and is a fantastic remedy for those days when you're feeling a bit sluggish.

    The soup is filled with nourishing greens, including watercress, rocket (or arugula), and baby spinach, which are sauteed before simmering in a soup stock. After a quick puree, a warm bowl of this creamy, green soup is ready to enjoy.

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    Smoked Haddock Chowder With Sweetcorn

    This smoked haddock chowder recipe is a fun variation on the Scottish classic Cullen skink. It is just as hearty, filling, and satisfying, and equally easy to make.

    A single smoked haddock fillet forms the soup's foundation. The leek, carrot, spinach, and onion make up the rest, while a healthy heap of sweet corn finishes it off. In traditional chowder fashion, the creamy soup is thickened to a perfect consistency.

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    Vegetable and Bean Soup

    Vegetable and bean soup is an ideal appetizer for the cold nights of winter and an excellent precursor to any main dish you're cooking up. While the ingredient list for this soup may look long, everything on it is very common and you may have most in your kitchen already. White beans are the best to use, but be sure to soak them overnight if they're dried.

     

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    Asian-Spiced Turkey Salad

    Here's a salad with some spunk. This is the ideal recipe for those times when you want to break away from turkey curry and try something different. This Asian-spiced turkey salad has some wonderful spice to it, with a combination of ginger and chili peppers in the pomegranate and soy dressing. The salad itself includes crunchy cashews with sweet, dried cranberries, and leftover turkey, duck, or chicken. It is sure to be the talk of the dinner table.