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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.

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Create a canapé out of a classic cheeseboard, then thread on to skewers with quince paste and grapes

10 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
21 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Fancy a cross between a traditional roasted ham and pulled pork? Use pineapple, treacle and ginger marinade as a tropical glaze

5 hrs and 15 mins
Easy
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Treat dinner guests to healthy, spiced soup shots – they make great canapés. The crispy kale version is vegan while meat eaters can opt for a prosciutto topping

35 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This dish of pastry-wrapped rice and fish is easy but impressive so it works well as a midweek meal or dinner party centrepiece

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
20 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

Try this ultimate make-ahead dessert for Christmas: meringue, white chocolate, cream and cherries are combined to make a luscious centrepiece

1 hr
More effort
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
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For a Christmas Eve dinner that looks impressive but is easy to make, this seafood dish ticks the boxes

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
2 ratings 3.5 out of 5 star rating

Choose red, white or rosé vermouth to make this easy cocktail – ideal for a party. Garnish with green olives and a lemon slice for the professional finish

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

If you're keen to rustle up lighter party nibbles for a celebration, these low-calorie beetroot tartines with pastrami or mackerel are ideal

15 mins
Easy
Healthy
396 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

A comforting veggie main packed with rich Italian flavours

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

It's easy to make your own mulled cider. As well as fruit and spices, we've added extra apple brandy to our version of this delicious winter warmer

45 mins
Easy
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Serve American-style mini burgers with Italian meatballs, barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese

26 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Combine pork belly, black pudding and bacon lardons in this Spanish rice dish. Meaty and filling, it feeds eight with little effort and is perfect for a cold night

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
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Make these salmon, buckwheat and spelt chrain blinis ahead and heat them up as a hassle-free party canapé or plated as a starter. They freeze really well, too

30 mins
More effort
11 ratings 3.9 out of 5 star rating

Make this gloriously golden roasted cauliflower as an ideal dinner party main. Serve with buttery cauliflower leaves and an addictive anchovy sauce

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
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Feed a crowd at a party or buffet with these American-themed canapés of crispy squares of macaroni cheese, sandwiched in mini bread rolls

1 hr and 25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
289 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

A great way to get kids to eat spinach, this comforting sausage supper dish is also perfect for a hungry crowd

1 hr and 10 mins
More effort
2,222 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This great chilli recipe has to be one of the best dishes to serve to friends for a casual get-together. An easy sharing favourite that uses up storecupboard ingredients.

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
2 ratings 2.5 out of 5 star rating

Roasted butternut squash, lime-marinated onions and spinach leaves dressed with coconut cream make the perfect winter buffet salad

50 mins
Easy
Healthy
6 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Use the freshest fish possible in these tacos. Instead of tuna, you could use fresh or smoked salmon, sliced scallops, picked white crabmeat, or chopped cooked king prawns

1 hr and 15 mins
Easy
4 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

This sparkling, citrus cocktail is one to serve at a celebration. Blend clementine juice with vodka, orange liqueur and fizz

10 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
8 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Use ready-made custard in these tropical desserts, for all the 'wow' factor but less of the effort

30 mins
More effort
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Individual party pies with vegetarian garlicky filling, flavoured with caraway for a Scandinavian feel

1 hr and 10 mins
More effort
Vegetarian
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The berry sweetness of sloe gin perks up this fizz cocktail - use Prosecco or Champagne, and edible glitter for extra sparkle

2 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Get creative with filo pastry and serve up stylish canapés, with creamy French cheese and sweet fruit

25 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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