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Christmas starter recipes

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


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  • Cauliflower cheese rolls served on a decorative plate

    Cauliflower cheese rolls

    A star rating of 5 out of 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

  • Chestnut, bacon & parsnip soup

    Chestnut, bacon & parsnip soup

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.15 ratings

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

  • A large festive seafood sharing platter

    Festive seafood sharing platter

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Spend less time cooking on Christmas Day with this simple yet luxurious starter. It requires almost no hands-on time and uses shop-bought elements for ease

  • Three goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines on a serving platter

    Goat’s cheese, pear & walnut tartines

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.13 ratings

    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

  • Smoked salmon soufflés

    Smoked salmon soufflés

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.38 ratings

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

  • Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots on a platter with knife

    Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratings

    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

  • Oysters with an apple & horseradish dressing on a silver tray with ice

    Oysters with apple & horseradish dressing

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 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

  • Halloumi, carrot & orange salad served on a plate

    Halloumi, carrot & orange salad

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.64 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

  • Seared venison slices with sprout & apple slaw on a plate

    Seared venison with sprout & apple slaw

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 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

  • Celeriac & comté fritters served with a quail's egg and a side salad

    Celeriac & comté fritters

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 ratings

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

  • Classic prawn cocktail

    Classic prawn cocktail

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.25 ratings

    This classic retro starter packed with juicy prawns will never go out of fashion

  • Celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soup in a bowl

    Celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soup

    A star rating of 4.3 out of 5.28 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

  • Brie wrapped in prosciutto & brioche

    Brie wrapped in prosciutto & brioche

    A star rating of 3.9 out of 5.13 ratings

    This decadent bake from Paul Hollywood combines slightly sweet French bread with a creamy ham and cheese filling

  • Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon served on a plate with dill and sourdough crackers

    Beetroot & blackberry cured salmon

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • Ham hock & pistachio roll 2016

    Ham hock & pistachio roll

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 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

  • A plate serving buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

    Buckwheat & spelt chrain blinis

    A star rating of 0 out of 5.0 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

  • A plate serving luxury hummus alongside crudités

    Luxury hummus

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 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


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