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We have 4 simple starter recipes for your new year's party for you to try. Here we have the salmon and beetroot canapes being prepared in the Fossil bowls from Scandi Living.

5 Simple starter recipes for your New Year’s party

As we prepare to say a fond farewell to 2022 and welcome in 2023, we have five delicious and simple starter recipes, in five different party styles, for you this New Year. No matter how you choose to celebrate these starters are as tasty as they are attractive so put on your chefs hat and enjoy!
Updated Wednesday 7th December 2022
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1. Smoked salmon and beetroot canapés

This simple starter is as colourful as it is delicious. The smoked salmon and the sweet beetroot is a beautiful marriage and the hint of horseradish gives the flavours an extra kick. The perfect finger food to pass around at any party so your guests can grab a quick bite!

Ingredients for 12 canapés

  • 80g cooked beetroot
  • 100g cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated horseradish
  • 100g cold smoked salmon
  • 1 lemon
  • Rustic seed crackers (we used shop bought but of course you can make your own)
  • Caviar to garnish (we used Swedish löjrom or whitefish roe in English, but you can use any caviar or leave this out completely)
  • Dill to garnish

How to:

  • Place cooked beetroot, fresh horseradish and the cream cheese into a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Season with a pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon.
  • Spread a good dollop of the beetroot and cheese mix on top of the crackers (if the crackers are large you my need to break them into smaller pieces, they should be roughly bite sized).
  • Tear the smoked salmon into shreds and lay on top of the beetroot mix.
  • Top with a small spoon of caviar and finish with a small sprig of dill.
Salmon and beetroot canapes, one of the simple starter recipes for your New Year's party on the HK Living pink marble tray next to a champagne cocktail.

These colourful New Year's canapes look perfect placed on the pink marble tray from HK Living.

Grating horseradish with the Bloomingville brass grater into a Scandi Living Fossil bowl for one of the 4 simple starter recipes to try this new year.

Prepare the ingredients for your mousse before blending them together. The Fossil bowls from Scandi Living make the perfect prep bowls.

Placing dill on top of a salmon and beetroot canape, one of the four simple starter recipes we have for you this new year.

For a colourful table setting this New Year pair candle holders like Flare from Hay with contrasting pastel candles from Ester & Erik for an elegant but playful aesthetic.

2. Prosciutto and fig salad

The lovely winter salad makes the perfect simple starter. It comes together quickly, with little effort but looks beautiful and tastes even better.

Ingredients for one board (serves 2-4)

  • 100g sliced prosciutto ham
  • 3-4 fresh figs
  • 150g blue cheese
  • Mixed salad leaves and baby spinach
  • Liquid honey

How to:

  • Grab yourself a lovely wooden food tray or chopping board.
  • Pile the mixed salad leaves and baby spinach in the middle of the tray.
  • Cut your fresh figs into quarters and dot them over the board with the salad leaves.
  • Take your slices of prosciutto ham and scatter them around the tray.
  • Crumble over the blue cheese and finally drizzle the figs and blue cheese with honey.

3. Creamy chevre rounds with honey and roasted walnuts

This rich and creamy goats cheese starter is so comforting and tasty. This one is easy to bring together in just a few minutes and would go beautifully alongside the smoked salmon canapés.

Ingredients for 10

  • 180g Semi ripened chevre cheese (so it has a soft edible rind) – one 180g roll made 10 individual rounds so adjust the quantity depending on how many you would like.
  • Liquid honey
  • 40g chopped walnuts
  • Pea shoots to garnish

How to:

  • Start by setting the oven to 180 degrees
  • Roast your walnuts by placing them in a dry pan over a medium high heat toss the walnuts in the pan until they start to smell wonderfully, be careful not to let them burn or they will taste bitter.
  • Cut your chevre roll into rounds about 2cm thick, sprinkle the rounds with the chopped and roasted walnuts. Drizzle everything with a good serving of honey and pop them in the oven for a few minutes until they are melting slightly.
  • Garnish the goats cheese rounds with pea shoots once they have started to cool.

4. Cheesy cheddar baskets filled with an avocado and lime cream

Impress your guests with these homemade and edible baskets that are surprisingly simple to make. The creamy avocado cuts perfectly through the sharp taste of the cheddar – just make sure your guests leave you some to enjoy!

Ingredients for 12 cups

  • 1 Block of cheddar
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • Juice and zest of half a lime
  • Salt and black pepper

How to:

  • Set the oven to 180 degrees
  • Grate the cheddar into 12 small piles on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper
  • Bake the cheese in the oven for around 5 minutes. Timing is key so make sure you keep an eye on them and remove from the oven just as the cheese starts to turn golden.
  • Allow the cheese rounds to cool for a few seconds, be sure to check with the use of a spatula when they are starting to harden. Use an upturned muffin tin or glass to form the cheese into a basket. You will need to move quickly as they harden fast. Allow the cheese to cool completely and then remove from the muffin tin.
  • Whilst the cheesy baskets are cooling make the avocado cream. Place the avocado, cream cheese, lime zest and juice in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the mousse into the cheesy baskets and garnish with some fresh basil.
Homemade cheddar baskets are one of the simple starter recipes that we have for you this new year. Prepare the baskets by grating small piles of cheese with the hand grate from Bloomingville.

A small hand grater such as this brass coloured one from Bloomingville is the perfect tool for creating your cheese baskets.

These cheddar baskets are one of the simple starter recipes we have for you this new year. Here we see the NJRD lines plates in brown with the Mini-Mix vase from Tove Adman.

Set the table for a successful new year with the cheddar baskets and avocado cream. The Mini-Mix vase by Tove Adman gives a rustic modern look.


These colourful little spoons are a taste explosion, easy to eat and an ideal finger food or a larger starter for any New Year party.

Ingredients for 12 canapes

  • Half an English cucumber
  • Half an avocado
  • One quarter of a mango
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 long red chillies
  • The juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 24 – 30 cooked prawns
  • A tablespoon roasted peanuts crushed

How to:

  1. Dice the cucumber, avocado and mango
  2. Thinly slice the spring onion and finely chop the chilli
  3. Mix everything together squeezing over the juice of half a lime, the fish sauce and sprinkle with the sugar.
  4. Add the prawns and roasted peanuts and mix everything until well combined
  5. Scoop the mixture into the serving spoon to serve.

We hope we have inspired you to try out one or even more of these simple but delicious starter recipes for your New Year’s party this year. Wishing you a very happy 2023!

For more party inspiration be sure to check out our New Year’s cocktail recipes here!

Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph Styling: Rebecca Sparling, Linnéa Axelson

Rebecca Sparling


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