Goat's cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

Christmas starter recipes

41 Recipes

Delicious and delicate starters to ease you into a day of indulgence.

Smoked salmon carpaccio

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(0 ratings)

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

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(0 ratings)

This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese
  • 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Lobster, green bean & radicchio salad

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(0 ratings)

This festive seafood starter, finished with a garlicky basil dressing, can be prepared ahead - ideal for a fuss-free dinner for two
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

2.5

(2 ratings)

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
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Smoked salmon terrine

4

(6 ratings)

A show-stopping layered fish centrepiece with cream cheese and lemon filling, flavoured with dill and chives
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Bourbon-glazed pork belly chunks

4.625

(6 ratings)

Your guests will snap up these cubes of crispy belly pork in sticky, sweet whiskey marinade with soy, anise and honey flavours
  • 3 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy

Dressed crab cups

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(0 ratings)

A simple, stylish canapé of shellfish with Dijon mustard and lemon, served in individual lettuce cups
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Scandi smoked salmon

5

(2 ratings)

Try a Scandinavian approach to your smoked fish by adding dill, horseradish, lemon and red onion - great as part of a sharing platter
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Prawn & fennel bisque

4.338235

(17 ratings)

A luxurious seafood soup that is rich in flavour, perfect for formal entertaining and low in calories too
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Ham hock & mustard terrine

3.857145

(7 ratings)

Cured slow-cooked pork is a great foundation for a coarse pâté style starter and can be made in advance
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Clementine, feta & winter leaf salad

4

(4 ratings)

This wonderfully light salad is packed with easy-to-find seasonal ingredients and makes a great Christmas starter
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian
  • Healthy

Velvety duck liver parfait

4.88889

(9 ratings)

A little parfait makes Christmas complete, try making your own with Barney's festive recipe
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Potted ham

5

(1 rating)

This simple starter is a great way to use up leftover ham and you can freeze it ahead
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Smoked salmon soufflés

4.10577

(26 ratings)

These non-scary, freezer-friendly soufflés can be baked ahead, then reheated in the oven before serving
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Venetian-style scallops

5

(2 ratings)

A quick but impressive starter of plump scallops scattered with toasted breadcrumbs
  • 35 mins
  • More effort

Pork rillettes

2.375

(2 ratings)

A French dish of potted meat with garlic, juniper and brandy. Slow-cook pork until tender then set into individual ramekins for a sensational starter
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Baked Camembert pie for sharing

5

(4 ratings)

Baked cheese gets even more indulgent. A layer of quince or cranberry jelly adds an extra dimension to this group-sized starter
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

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