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Smoked salmon topped with beetroot and cream

Christmas starter recipes

71 Recipes

Discover delicious and elegant festive starters to ease you into Christmas dinner. Choose from smoked salmon, soups, pâtés, sharing platters, cheese tarts and more.

Cauliflower cheese rolls

5

(1 rating)

Impress guests with our creamy cauliflower cheese rolls. These easy canapés are wrapped in crunchy filo pastry and topped with sesame seeds
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Chestnut, bacon & parsnip soup

4.2

(5 ratings)

A smooth and creamy winter soup, topped with crispy bacon pieces - serve with crusty bread for a filling and warming lunch
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines

5

(1 rating)

Top toasted sourdough with goat's cheese, honey-roasted pears and walnuts to make these tasty tartines. They take just two minutes to prep and deliver one of your 5-a-day...
  • 17 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Smoked salmon soufflés

4.16129

(31 ratings)

These non-scary, freezer-friendly soufflés can be baked ahead, then reheated in the oven before serving
  • 1 hour
  • Easy

Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots

5

(1 rating)

Whet the appetite for the main event by serving guests this special chicken terrine with leeks and apricots. It can be made up to three days ahead
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort

Oysters with apple & horseradish dressing

0

(0 ratings)

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

Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

4.75

(4 ratings)

Serve this halloumi, carrot, orange and watercress salad with a mustard and honey dressing for an easy lunch or starter. It takes just 20 minutes to make and delivers one of your 5-a-day
  • 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Seared venison with sprout & apple slaw

5

(2 ratings)

Christmas is the perfect excuse to cook venison. Serve with sprout and apple slaw as a dinner party starter or festive light lunch to treat your guests
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Celeriac & comté fritters

0

(0 ratings)

Give brunch a sophisticated twist with celeriac, comté cheese and crunchy pumpkin seed fritters topped with quail's eggs...
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Classic prawn cocktail

4.444445

(18 ratings)

This classic retro starter packed with juicy prawns will never go out of fashion
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soup

4

(7 ratings)

Rustle up this healthy vegan celeriac and hazelnut soup as a starter on Christmas Day. Truffle oil adds a bit of luxury, or leave it out for a simple supper on a winter's night...
  • 1 hour and 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon

5

(1 rating)

Curing your own salmon is well worth it for taste and wow-factor. Serve this beetroot and berries version as a starter or on crackers as a canapé
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Ham hock & pistachio roll

4.75

(4 ratings)

If you're looking for a Christmas classic with a twist, this French ham hock and pistachio terrine, transformed into a modern make-ahead starter is for you...
  • 5 hours
  • More effort

Buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

0

(0 ratings)

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

Luxury hummus

4.75

(4 ratings)

Use good-quality chickpeas to give this vegan hummus a really silky feel. Dips make perfect, easy party food to serve with crudités and warm pittas
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Vegan rainbow spring rolls

5

(1 rating)

Try these colourful vegan spring rolls as canapés for a party, vibrant with fresh veg and juicy mango. Serve with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Faux gras with toast & pickles

4

(2 ratings)

With only two ingredients, this is the easiest parfait you’ll ever make. If you have a smoothie bullet blender, it’ll give you the most velvety result...
  • 23 mins
  • Easy

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