Chicken terrine topped with leaves, net to knife

Christmas terrine recipes

Start your Christmas dinner with one of our impressive homemade terrines. Serve up a classic smoked salmon, country or duck terrine, or try our variations with ham hock and chicken.

49 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
Gluten-free
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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 hr and 30 mins
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John Torode shows how to prepare classic coarse set terrine with duck and mixed game of your choice

2 hrs
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9 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

50 mins
Easy
12 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

Gordon's make-ahead terrine is the perfect starter when you're entertaining a crowd

2 hrs
A challenge
23 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Set aside a couple of hours and enjoy every minute of making this impressive terrine

3 hrs
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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
12 ratings 3.8 out of 5 star rating

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

4 hrs
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8 ratings 3.7 out of 5 star rating

A rustic terrine with French toasts makes an excellent starter for a special meal and it costs very little to make

1 hr and 50 mins
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This rich terrine, with thyme, allspice and brandy, can be pressed and mature overnight for a perfect make-ahead starter or light lunch

2 hrs and 45 mins
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5 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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

12 hrs
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4 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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 hrs
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