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Christmas starter recipes

36 Recipes

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

Smoked salmon terrine

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(4 ratings)
A show-stopping layered fish centrepiece with cream cheese and lemon filling, flavoured with dill and chives
50 minutes
Easy

Bourbon-glazed pork belly chunks

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(5 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 minutes
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 minutes
Easy
Healthy

Scandi smoked salmon

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

Prawn & fennel bisque

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(16 ratings)
A luxurious seafood soup that is rich in flavour, perfect for formal entertaining and low in calories too
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy

Giant smoked salmon & beetroot blini

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These super-sized buckwheat pancakes make a great dinner party or festive starter for sharing
45 minutes
Moderately easy

Brie wrapped in prosciutto & brioche

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(10 ratings)
This decadent bake from Paul Hollywood combines slightly sweet French bread with a creamy ham and cheese filling
52 minutes
For the keen cook

Ham hock & mustard terrine

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(4 ratings)
Cured slow-cooked pork is a great foundation for a coarse pâté style starter and can be made in advance
4 hours
Moderately easy

Smoked trout pâté & pitta crisps

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Cheaper than smoked salmon, this smoked trout dip makes a smart party nibble or simple starter
25 minutes
Easy

Clementine, feta & winter leaf salad

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(4 ratings)
This wonderfully light salad is packed with easy-to-find seasonal ingredients and makes a great Christmas starter
20 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian
Healthy

Creamy smoked salmon, leek & potato soup

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(23 ratings)
Creamy and low-fat aren't words you often hear together, but that's exactly what you get with this freeze-ahead starter
40 minutes
Easy

Velvety duck liver parfait

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(9 ratings)
A little parfait makes Christmas complete, try making your own with Barney's festive recipe
45 minutes
Easy

Potted ham

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

Smoked salmon soufflés

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

Venetian-style scallops

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A quick but impressive starter of plump scallops scattered with toasted breadcrumbs
35 minutes
Moderately easy

Truffled parsnip & Parmesan bruschetta

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Scented truffle oil and fresh Parmesan make humble parsnips the star in this tasty Christmas canapé
35 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Pork rillettes

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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
Moderately easy

Baked Camembert pie for sharing

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Baked cheese gets even more indulgent. A layer of quince or cranberry jelly adds an extra dimension to this group-sized starter
40 minutes
Moderately easy
Vegetarian

Smoked salmon & avocado terrines

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(31 ratings)
A light, elegant make-ahead starter to ease you into the Christmas Day blow-out, or to kick off a dinner party menu
20 minutes
Easy

Potted Stilton

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Crack the buttery crust to reveal delicious blue cheese flavoured with Sherry and green peppercorns - great on toast
17 minutes
Easy

Pear & Manchego salad

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Spruce up a salad with a rosemary, honey and hazelnut crumb to accompany Spanish cheese, sweet fruit and bitter leaves
20 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

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