Potato and smoked salmon gratin in an oval dish with a portion taken out

Christmas Eve recipes

Whether you enjoy elegant nibbles, a hearty carb-fest or an array of party cocktails on Christmas Eve, we have plenty of food and drink ideas for festive entertaining.

13 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Impress family and friends with our Scandinavian-inspired gratin with salmon, beetroot, potatoes and dill; a comforting bake that's perfect for entertaining

1 hr and 50 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
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Serve our glazed ham warm in thin slices alongside the Christmas turkey. This one has a sticky sweet-and-sour glaze made with pomegranate molasses and orange

3 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
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207 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Prepare this easy lasagne ahead of time and save in the freezer, uncooked, for when you need it during a busy week. Then just bake for an extra 45 mins.

2 hrs
Easy
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Serve these date, blue cheese and pancetta polenta stacks as canapés at a party. Try a veggie twist by using chopped toasted nuts instead of pancetta for crunch

35 mins
Easy
7 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Cook this festive ham up to three days ahead and keep it covered in the fridge (and the crackling, in an airtight container) to save on stress when entertaining

1 hr and 40 mins
Easy
329 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Cook an easy, healthy curry with just 15 minutes preparation. Serve this replica of your favourite takeaway dish with fluffy rice for a wholesome family meal

55 mins
Easy
Healthy
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Catering for guests with different diets or tastes? These mac ‘n’ cheese bites are ideal party food. From mushrooms to olives, top with whatever you like

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Give the popular Italian cocktail Negroni a Christmassy twist with cinnamon, star anise and bay leaves. Serve over ice and drink a toast to the new year

15 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
30 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Take salmon en croûte to chef standard. Succulent salmon, cream cheese and dill are encased in crisp puff pastry with a pickled cucumber side

1 hr and 10 mins
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5 ratings 3.6 out of 5 star rating

Looking for a showstopping veggie dish? Packed with parsnips, feta and butter beans, this pie makes the perfect Christmas centrepiece

2 hrs and 10 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve these chicken wing dippers with sauces for easy buffet or party food. Try our moreish teriyaki and sweet curry sauces below, they work really well

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
19 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Be inspired by the Italian rolled pork dish, porchetta. This ragu is ideal when you have guests – leave it simmering whilst you entertain

3 hrs and 20 mins
Easy
109 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Whip up this filling pork noodle stir-fry for a quick and easy midweek meal. It takes just 30 minutes to make, so is great for busy evenings 

30 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

This fabulous cheesy pull-apart sharing bread is perfect for the party season. No one can resist melty camembert and golden dough balls

1 hr and 25 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
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A traditional cocktail with both dark and white rum, vibrant grenadine, triple sec, almond syrup, lime and a retro cherry garnish

5 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

The simple and classic combination of orange juice and champagne makes a perfect cocktail for a celebratory brunch or party

5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Planning a Christmas party? You needn’t compromise on healthy eating with these tasty aubergine canapés which you can make with two different toppings

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
24 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

The easiest chilli you'll ever make, with ready-to-eat grains, kidney beans in chilli sauce and summer veggies - it's 4 of your 5-a-day too!

32 mins
Easy
Vegan
129 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Spice up a salmon fillet with the classic Indian side dish, sag aloo, for an easy midweek meal that's packed with omega-3 and ideal for feeding a crowd

55 mins
Easy
18 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

These tasty, deep-fried bites can be made ahead and frozen, perfect for no-fuss entertaining as part of a party buffet spread

1 hr and 45 mins
More effort
11 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

These decorative canapés look impressive when laid out - flavour your ricotta cheese filling with dill and garlic

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
582 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Serve up this creamy quick dish for a last minute dinner party and impress veggie friends.

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
32 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Blend leeks and butter beans to make this filling winter soup. Top with crispy chorizo and rosemary for a final flourish and serve with crusty bread

40 mins
Easy
9 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Make this vegetable tatin with nuts and cheese as a Christmas showstopper. Perfect for a veggie family, it also makes a great Boxing Day buffet centrepiece

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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