Faux gras with toast & pickles

Christmas starter recipes

45 Recipes

Delicious and delicate starters to ease you into a day of indulgence.

Faux gras with toast & pickles

5

(1 rating)

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

Peppered mackerel & pink pickled onion salad

5

(2 ratings)

This starter, with its quick pickled onion is impressive, but takes little time as it’s part of making the dressing. You can do it while the turkey is cooking...
  • 15 mins
  • Easy

Gravadlax with celeriac & fennel salad

0

(0 ratings)

A light salmon starter with a crisp salad and honey and mustard dressing. No cooking required, just gravadlax or smoked salmon plus fresh seasonal produce
  • 40 mins
  • Easy

Fresh & smoked salmon rillettes

0

(0 ratings)

A simple starter, fresh and rich, that makes a bit more of a pack of smoked salmon - serve instead of pâté on rye or piled into chicory leaves
  • 35 mins
  • Easy

Smoked salmon carpaccio

5

(3 ratings)

James Martin's stunning seafood starter is guaranteed to impress at any dinner party - layer with beetroot, orange and tangy horseradish cream
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Goat’s cheese, pear & candied pecan salad

5

(1 rating)

This extra-special vegetarian starter is bursting with contrasting flavours and textures, such as spiralized pear, crunchy roasted nuts and creamy cheese
  • 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Lobster, green bean & radicchio salad

0

(0 ratings)

This festive seafood starter, finished with a garlicky basil dressing, can be prepared ahead - ideal for a fuss-free dinner for two
  • 40 mins
  • More effort

Baked Camembert with bacon-wrapped breadsticks

3.75

(4 ratings)

Gooey, melted cheese and crispy, golden bread make a stunning centrepiece to share with friends over drinks or as a dinner party starter - make ahead for fuss-free entertaining
  • 1 hour
  • More effort

Smoked salmon terrine

3.607145

(7 ratings)

A show-stopping layered fish centrepiece with cream cheese and lemon filling, flavoured with dill and chives
  • 50 mins
  • Easy

Bourbon-glazed pork belly chunks

4.67857

(7 ratings)

Your guests will snap up these cubes of crispy belly pork in sticky, sweet whiskey marinade with soy, anise and honey flavours
  • 3 hours and 45 mins
  • Easy

Dressed crab cups

0

(0 ratings)

A simple, stylish canapé of shellfish with Dijon mustard and lemon, served in individual lettuce cups
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Healthy

Scandi smoked salmon

5

(2 ratings)

Try a Scandinavian approach to your smoked fish by adding dill, horseradish, lemon and red onion - great as part of a sharing platter
  • 10 mins
  • Easy

Prawn & fennel bisque

4.338235

(17 ratings)

A luxurious seafood soup that is rich in flavour, perfect for formal entertaining and low in calories too
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • Easy

Ham hock & mustard terrine

4

(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

Velvety duck liver parfait

4.88889

(9 ratings)

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

Potted ham

5

(1 rating)

This simple starter is a great way to use up leftover ham and you can freeze it ahead
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Smoked salmon soufflés

4.13889

(27 ratings)

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

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