Christmas pate and terrine recipes

26 Recipes

Use up extra meat and budget cuts.

Chicken liver pâté


(2 ratings)

James Martin's luxuriously rich dinner party starter can be made up to two days in advance for fuss-free entertaining - serve with toasted brioche, cornichons and chutney
  • 25 mins
  • More effort

Ham hock & mustard terrine


(8 ratings)

Cured slow-cooked pork is a great foundation for a coarse pâté style starter and can be made in advance
  • 4 hours
  • More effort

Game terrine


(1 rating)

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

Smoked salmon & avocado terrines


(39 ratings)

A light, elegant make-ahead starter to ease you into the Christmas Day blow-out, or to kick off a dinner party menu
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Duck liver & gin parfait


(3 ratings)

These individual portions of butter-topped paté can be frozen ahead for a dinner party with friends
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Velvety duck liver parfait


(10 ratings)

A little parfait makes Christmas complete, try making your own with Barney's festive recipe
  • 45 mins
  • Easy

Gordon's rustic pâté


(18 ratings)

An impressive starter from Gordon Ramsay, that's surprisingly simple to put together. Make it a few days ahead to allow the flavours to develop
  • 1 hour and 50 mins
  • More effort

Country terrine


(3 ratings)

Whether served as a starter or part of a buffet, Barney's smart make-ahead terrine will be sure to impress
  • 12 hours
  • More effort

Chicken liver & raisin pâté


(6 ratings)

This delicious, unashamedly rich starter is the sort of dish that makes entertaining stress-free, as it can be made up to three days ahead
  • 24 hours
  • More effort

Silky chicken liver parfait tart


(3 ratings)

If you're not a confident pastry-maker, you can use shop-bought pastry - you'll find it easier to handle and the result will still be delicious
  • 1 hour and 15 mins
  • A challenge

Chicken liver & pineau pâté


(23 ratings)

A rich, sweet pâté recipe using pineau - a sherry-like aperitif - great as a dinner party starter.
  • 20 mins
  • Easy

Crispy duck & baked apples


(22 ratings)

This rich, fruity recipe has just two ingredients - don't be put off by the cooking time, it's mostly walk-away time
  • 4 hours and 10 mins
  • Easy

Kipper pâté


(2 ratings)

Whizz up sustainable smoked fish with horseradish, lemon and cream cheese, plus a little spinach for colour, then serve with toast as a light starter
  • 35 mins
  • Easy