Potted crab served in a dish

Make-ahead Christmas starter recipes

Save yourself time and stress on the big day with our simple, make-ahead Christmas starters. Try an impressive terrine, an indulgent soup or a top tart.

5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Rustle up Tom Kerridge's crab starter with a hint of smoked paprika for your next dinner party. You can make it ahead, leaving you time to sit down and enjoy

12 mins
Easy
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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3 ratings 4.0 out of 5 star rating

This festive make-ahead starter is perfect for a Christmas meal for two. Serve with crunchy toast and a scattering of dill for an impressive seafood dish

35 mins
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37 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

A soufflé to start always gives your dinner party a 'wow' factor and this make-ahead recipe gives you more time to be the perfect host

45 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
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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358 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

A smooth, blended vegetable soup with blue cheese that's as good for a comforting meal as it is for a dinner party starter

45 mins
Easy
8 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Take comfort on cold days with a warming bowl of soup. Ours is full of veg, making it tasty, healthy and low in calories and fat

1 hr
Easy
Healthy
Vegetarian
32 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

Blend leeks and butter beans to make this filling winter soup. Top with crispy chorizo and rosemary for a final flourish and serve with crusty bread

40 mins
Easy
69 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

This tart is easy to make, looks stunning and tastes wonderful. Best of all, you can make it ahead and reheat from frozen

1 hr
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Vegetarian
2 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Roll quail's eggs up in creamy smoked fish and potato for an impressive make-ahead weekend canapé or starter

1 hr and 5 mins
Easy
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Ideal for a crowd and perfect for preparing ahead, these little pastry bites make a stylish canapé

50 mins
Easy
5 ratings 4.6 out of 5 star rating

These perfect party tartlets are a great make-ahead starter for a fancy Sunday lunch

45 mins
Easy
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