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.

8 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

There aren't any blackbirds baked into it, but this stunning centrepiece will impress with its layers of nuts, fruit, chicken and gammon

2 hrs and 15 mins
A challenge
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Get that festive feeling with this smooth mulled wine made with figs, sliced clementine and spices. Great for a Christmas party or just to cosy up with

15 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
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2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Serve squash soup in individual espresso cups with bacon toast for dipping as a cute party canapé

15 mins
Easy
13 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Planning a dinner party? James Martin's crusted roast beef will wow your guests

2 hrs and 40 mins
More effort
4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This coleslaw uses a vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise to create a super healthy veggie salad dish

20 mins
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
67 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Sticky spiced wings make great finger food or canapés, and this version skips the deep-fried stage so they're healthier

1 hr and 10 mins
Easy
30 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This warming ginger beer-spiced ham is great for Christmas entertaining as it's simple to prepare ahead of time

4 hrs and 30 mins
Easy
179 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This vegan chilli packs in plenty of vegetables and doesn’t fall short on the flavour front. Serve it with rice or in jacket potatoes for a filling supper

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegan
332 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Take a fresh look at broccoli with this creamy pasta bake

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
51 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Our classic potato salad recipe is the perfect barbecue side dish, great for picnic spreads or paired with roast leftovers. Try our easy, versatile recipe

40 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Make mulled wine minus the booze with this fruity, alcohol-free recipe. Combining pomegranate juice, blackberries and spices, it's just as warming as the real deal 

20 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

Combine the flavours of pear and hazelnut to make this stunning dessert. Make sure to serve the clafoutis warm – and don't forget the cream or crème fraîche

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
96 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Enjoy this filling sweet potato and black bean stew as a budget-friendly midweek meal. Served with moreish cheddar dumplings, it's great for feeding a crowd

1 hr
Easy
Vegetarian
234 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Little is more satisfying than cooking a classic to perfection – Sarah Cook gives us a lesson in how to make lasagne

4 hrs and 10 mins
Easy
27 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Parsnips work so well in this wintry vegan curry, adding flavour and texture. Serve with naans to soak up the lovely sauce

45 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
39 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Try this slow-cooker butter chicken curry for a guaranteed family favourite. It has a creamy, lightly spiced tomato sauce and juicy chunks of chicken

6 hrs and 25 mins
Easy
168 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Plate up this delicious one-pot of sausage, kale and gnocchi in just 20 minutes, with just five minutes prep. Midweek suppers never got so easy – or tasty!

20 mins
Easy
25 ratings 4.1 out of 5 star rating

Delicious cheesy sticks, perfect for dipping, just as good on their own - ready in under 20 minutes.

17 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
18 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

Add a taste of Asia to your next party with these irresistible, easy-to-pick-up finger food favourites

15 mins
Easy
12 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Drizzling smoked salmon with this fresh dressing helps to cut through its natural richness and makes a great change to the usual squeeze of lemon

15 mins
Easy
10 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Simple yet impressive stuffed figs make lovely canapés and only take 15 minutes to make

15 mins
Easy
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Drizzle apple and horseradish dressing over oysters for a sophisticated seafood starter to share. Serve on a bed of ice or rock salt with sprigs of dill

5 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
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Serve these healthy salmon canapés at a dinner party. They come with a choice of delicious toppings – either pickled cucumber or apple with chilli salsa

25 mins
Easy
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Coat feta-stuffed olives with juniper-flavoured breadcrumbs to make these easy canapés. Serve on skewers with a lemon and vermouth mayonnaise on the side

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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