Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

Festive starter recipes

41 Recipes

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

Lobster with Thermidor butter

4.520835

(12 ratings)

A luxury that has been prized by chefs for years, so make the most of it with this cheat's classic
  • 30 mins
  • More effort

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

Game terrine

5

(1 rating)

John Torode shows how to prepare classic coarse set terrine with duck and mixed game of your choice
  • 2 hours
  • More effort

Sharing potted shrimp

4.75

(5 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 mins
  • Easy

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

Smoked salmon flatbreads

4

(1 rating)

Use a pizza base to create these little canapé-style nibbles with mascarpone, fish, red onion, dill and capers
  • 8 mins
  • Easy

Baked artichoke dip

4.75

(4 ratings)

Reader Margaret Cody shares her moreish party dish- the creamy vegetarian filling baked into a round loaf will go down a storm with guests
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Potted Stilton

4.375

(2 ratings)

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

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