10 Quick Christmas starters

Ten delicious Christmas starters that are easy to make, have popular appeal and can be assembled quickly, leaving you time for mulled wine and socialising.

A selection of starters catering to veggies, vegans and meat eaters - no guest will go hungry with these simple, elegant Christmas recipes that can be plated up in 20 minutes and under. 

Elegant and trend-led

Deep-fried Brussels with black pudding & apple

This colourful dish of deep-fried Brussels with black pudding & apple really is a taste revelation. You haven't tried Brussels 'til you've had them deep-fried and bathed in moreish mustard vinaigrette. 


Lardo & apple bruschetta

These lardo & apple bruschetta are sure to disappear as soon as they're placed on the table. The pork fat blends well with the sweetness of a Granny Smith and can be assembled with minimal fuss. 

A rich and creamy veggie option

Grilled goat's cheese with cranberry dressing

A smart grilled goat's cheese starter with sharp cranberry dressing is sure to please even the pickiest of foodies. Grilling gives the cheese a wonderful oozy texture that's finished off with a scattering of crunchy pecans.

Light and simple

Clementine, feta & winter leaf salad

A light, fruity salad using seasonal ingredients makes the ideal Christmas starter. This clementine, feta and winter leaf salad is easy to put together before serving and a healthy mix of delectable flavours. 

Speedy antipasti

Artichoke & pecorino bruschetta

These chilli and garlic seasoned artichoke and pecorino bruschetta toasts are as simple as they are delicious. The toasted crusty bread, drizzle of olive oil and sprinkling of sea salt make the perfect base for tangy, marinated artichokes and nutty pecorino.

Modern twists

Crayfish cocktail with horseradish cream

Give that old favourite, the prawn cocktail, a twist and try our crayfish cocktail with horseradish cream. If you're looking to impress, this simple crayfish tail and creamy avocado starter really looks the part. Garnish with tart chicory and cayenne pepper for a little kick. 

Simple soups

Beetroot & onion seed soup

No one could say no to this flavourful, deep rep beetroot & onion seed soup. The beetroot is blended with apple to give a subtly sweet base, while lentils add bulk and texture. Just whizz the ingredients in a blender and heat for an easy veggie starter.

Sweet and savoury

Pear & Manchego salad

The combination of slightly bitter wintry salad leaves and sweet pear flesh makes this pear and Manchego salad a go-to starter. Herby rosemary-infused honey with crunchy hazelnuts makes a rustic crumb on top of delicate shavings of Manchego. 

Succulent seafood

Pan-fried scallops with lime & coriander

It doesn't get much simpler than this! Pan-fried scallops are always a treat, even better when served with a little squeeze of lime and a scattering of coriander. Just two steps stand between you and dinner party excellence.

Magnificent mackerel

Peppered mackerel

This delicate peppered mackerel salad with quick and easy pickled onions is an impressive dish that takes minimal effort. The pickles are made in base liquid of the salad dressing and all prep can be done while your main is cooking. 

Take a look at our Christmas canapé collection for more fantastic festive party recipes. 

Are there any we've missed? Let us know in the comments section below...

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Ale Aletto's picture
Ale Aletto
19th Dec, 2018
for lardo bruschetta it is better use honey instead of apple. hot bread, lardo and honey.
12th Dec, 2018
Now I'm starving. :) Can't wait to make the artichoke and pecorino bruschetta! Thank you for all of the fantastic recipes you post.
itsmepotley's picture
20th Dec, 2017
I agree with earlier post... ‘tears’ at the table if I served my kids one of these ... (or at least unimpressed teenagers)... not sure my husband would be too thrilled either.
21st Dec, 2016
Could not see any starters our children would eat
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