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Make-ahead Christmas starter recipes

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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.

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  • Potted crab served in a dish

    Potted crab

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

    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

  • 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

  • Lobster & celeriac remoulade 2016

    Lobster & celeriac remoulade

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratings

    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

  • Make-ahead mushroom soufflés

    Make-ahead mushroom soufflés

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.37 ratings

    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

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

    Chicken terrine with leeks & apricots

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.3 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

  • Broccoli and stilton soup in a patterned bowl with napkin & spoon

    Broccoli & stilton soup

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.374 ratings

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

  • Roasted roots & sage soup served in bowls

    Roasted roots & sage soup

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.8 ratings

    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

  • Budget-friendly leek, butter bean & crispy chorizo soup in a simple bowl

    Leek, butter bean & crispy chorizo soup

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.36 ratings

    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

  • Goat's cheese, potato & onion tart

    Goat's cheese, potato & onion tart

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.70 ratings

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

  • Mini salmon & dill puffs

    Mini salmon & dill puffs

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.5 ratings

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

  • Savoury parmesan tartlets

    Savoury parmesan tartlets

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.5 ratings

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

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