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Festive starter recipes

34 Recipes

Kick start your Christmas dinner with an easy-but-impressive recipe

Spiced home-cured salmon

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(0 ratings)
Ever the versatile fish, this fresh, no-cook salmon starter can be made a few days ahead
30 minutes
Easy

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

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

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

Stuffed mushroom bruschettas

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(7 ratings)
The big mushrooms cook to a moist meatiness under their cloak of peppers and melting goat’s cheese, a veggie dish anyone will enjoy.
45 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Honeyed winter salad

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(26 ratings)
Bring summer to winter with this fresh salad - it contains 3 of your 5-a-day too
40 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian
Healthy

Make-ahead mushroom soufflés

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(20 ratings)
A soufflé to start always gives your dinner party a 'wow' factor and this make-ahead recipe gives you more time to be the perfect host
45 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Lobster with Thermidor butter

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(11 ratings)
A luxury that has been prized by chefs for years, so make the most of it with this cheat's classic
30 minutes
Moderately easy

Salmon & prawns with dill & lime aïoli

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(7 ratings)
For a simple, smart starter, just mix mayo with garlic, herbs and a squeeze of lime and serve with seafood and brown bread
15 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

Game terrine

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(1 ratings)
John Torode shows how to prepare classic coarse set terrine with duck and mixed game of your choice
2 hours
Moderately easy

Melting cheese with poppy & apricot bread wreath

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Baked Camembert just got a whole lot better - try home baking a decorative ring and tear off chunks to dunk like fondue
1 hour and 25 minutes
Easy
Vegetarian

Sharing potted shrimp

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(3 ratings)
Potting shellfish in a cayenne and mace-flavoured butter is a surprisingly simple fish starter that's great as part of a sharing platter
5 minutes
Easy

Dressed crab cups

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

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