Christmas pâté recipes

Serve our festive pâté recipes for a delicious Christmas dinner starter. Choose from port and chicken liver pâté, vegan mushroom pâté and more.

11 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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
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38 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Five minutes is all you need to whip up this creamy fish dish, great served as a dip or starter

5 mins
Easy
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5 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Serve this easy vegetarian pâté as a starter at a dinner party. It's a great partner to toast, mini crispbreads and cornichons

55 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Impress dinner guests with homemade port and chicken liver pâté, which takes just 30 minutes to make. Enjoy as a starter with our rosemary crackers

30 mins
Easy
Gluten-free
20 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 50 mins
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16 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This relaxed mackerel pâté starter can be whizzed up in just 15 minutes - and it won't break the bank either

15 mins
Easy
6 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
More effort
3 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

Cheaper than smoked salmon, this smoked trout dip makes a smart party nibble or simple starter

25 mins
Easy
27 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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

20 mins
Easy
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
2 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

Whizz up this fish dip with hot tangy mustard notes, cream cheese, lemon and dill - great for a last minute party dish

5 mins
Easy
2 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

Serve a pick-and-mix lunch plate of smoked fish dip, oatcakes, celery, artichokes and coleslaw

8 mins
Easy
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

A vegetarian lunch plate of a creamy feta dip with oatcakes, homemade coleslaw, crudités and artichokes

5 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Prepare these vegan mushroom pâté with candied walnuts canapés ahead of time. When the party starts, all you need to do is pop them in the oven!

1 hr
Easy
Vegan
1 rating 2.0 out of 5 star rating

A modern take on the traditional devilled egg and an ideal Easter snack. Top with chicken crackling for an extra bit of crunch

55 mins
More effort
Gluten-free
4 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

This impressive and delicately-flavoured starter is perfect for dinner parties without splashing the cash. Make-ahead, easy-to-do and no cooking required

30 mins
Easy
Healthy
Gluten-free
7 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

A chunky fish terrine that's easy to make and delicious with toasted sweet bagels

22 mins
Easy
35 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

This easy vegetarian dip is a healthy alternative to hummus and great with crudités in a lunchbox or served as a vegan pate as part of a snack selection.

40 mins
Easy
Vegan
0 ratings 0.0 out of 5 star rating

Pair beetroot with crab to make this healthy and vibrant pâté. Serve with crudités and crisp breads for dunking

12 mins
Easy
Healthy
3 ratings 2.7 out of 5 star rating

This speedy pâté is ready in 15 minutes, the perfect last minute starter

15 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
10 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

This low-fat, easy pâté is a perfect vegetarian starter

35 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This mixture, from Gordon Ramsay, makes a great base for a variety of mousses and other desserts

15 mins
A challenge
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