Christmas starter recipes

Looking for special Christmas starters? From classic smoked salmon to an epic caramelised onion tart – there’s a starter recipe for everyone.

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Salmon blini stack

Christmas salmon recipes

Salmon blini stack

Pile ’em high with this triumphant salmon blini stack; it makes for an impressive dinner...

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Rainbow houmous platter

Vegan Christmas recipes

Rainbow houmous platter

For a beautifully colourful spread which is full of diverse, fresh and earthy flavours, this...

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Chicken and pork terrine with whisky, cranberries and pistachios

Christmas starter recipes

Chicken and pork terrine with whisky, cranberries and...

A make-ahead starter like no other, this chicken and pork terrine with whisky, cranberries and...

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Harissa and pine nut palmiers

Vegetarian Christmas starter recipes

Harissa and pine nut palmiers

The perfect snack or mini starter before the main course, these harissa and pine nut palmiers...

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Avocado and squash tempura with ponzu dipping sauce

Vegan Christmas recipes

Avocado and squash tempura with ponzu dipping sauce

For a speedy vegan starter with a difference, try this crisp and even avocado and...

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Mini mushroom and freekeh scotch eggs

Vegetarian starter recipes

Mini mushroom and freekeh scotch eggs

A vegetarian twist on a classic, these mini mushroom and freekeh scotch eggs make a...

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Three-onion soup with stilton croutons

Christmas starter recipes

Three-onion soup with stilton croutons

An updated version of a classic, this three-onion soup with stilton croutons makes both a...

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Classic prawn cocktail

Christmas starter recipes

Classic prawn cocktail

Make our classic prawn cocktail when you want to whip up a starter in just...

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Vesper martini-cured salmon with rye blinis

Christmas starter recipes

Vesper martini-cured salmon with rye blinis

These Vesper Martini-cured salmon and rye blinis are inspired by the Bond film, Casino Royale....

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The ultimate Swiss cheese fondue

Alpine recipes

The ultimate Swiss cheese fondue

This month we challenged cookery assistant (and seasoned skier) Olivia to perfect her recipe for...

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Fried hog’s pudding with apple sauce and kohlrabi slaw

Christmas starter recipes

Fried hog’s pudding with apple sauce and kohlrabi slaw

This British recipe is made using delicious. Produce Awards 2017 winner, Primrose Herd’s, Cornish hog’s...

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Stilton, date and walnut sausage rolls

Sausage roll recipes

Stilton, date and walnut sausage rolls

These cook-from-frozen stilton and walnut sausage rolls make entertaining a breeze. We love the combination...

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Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Duck recipes

Smoked duck breast with celeriac remoulade

Chef Henry Harris’ simple smoked duck starter is a great make-ahead recipe for Christmas Day....

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Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Duck recipes

Duck, pork belly and green olive terrine

Henry Harris’ duck terrine recipe is a great starter for Christmas or, indeed, a swish...

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Ham hock terrine

Christmas starter recipes

Ham hock terrine

This stunning terrine is a great way to use up leftover Boxing Day ham, as...

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Vegan caramelised onion tart

Vegan dinner recipes

Vegan caramelised onion tart

A vegan and gluten-free tart recipe made with a cashew cream, sweet caramelised onions, spinach...

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Venison terrine with prunes, orange, juniper and thyme

Burns Night recipes

Venison terrine with prunes, orange, juniper and thyme

Gill Meller’s venison terrine, flavoured with orange zest and sweet prunes, makes a tasty starter...

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Anchovy rarebit

Christmas canapés

Anchovy rarebit

Lucas Hollweg recommends eating this rarebit just as it is or posh it up on...

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Easy smoked salmon and leek strudel

Smoked salmon recipes

Easy smoked salmon and leek strudel

This quick and easy strudel is the perfect way to make the most of any...

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Cheesy choux wreath with hot smoked salmon and horseradish dip

Showstopping salmon recipes

Cheesy choux wreath with hot smoked salmon and...

An impressive tear-and-share cheesy profiterole wreath served with a fiery smoked salmon, horseradish and cream...

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Warm root vegetable salad with parma ham

Christmas starter recipes

Warm root vegetable salad with parma ham

A really easy winter salad with caramelised root vegetables – as well as crispy parma...

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Beetroot and red cabbage soup

Beetroot recipes

Beetroot and red cabbage soup

This vibrant bowlful is special enough to ring the changes and serve to friends, with...

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Smoked salmon, fennel and clementine salad

Christmas starter recipes

Smoked salmon, fennel and clementine salad

The refreshing flavours of clementine and fennel cut through the salty richness of the smoked...

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Trout terrine with capers, chopped egg, dill and chives

Trout recipes

Trout terrine with capers, chopped egg, dill and...

Served with fresh crusty bread and sharp pickled cucumbers, Gill Meller’s trout terrine is studded...

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