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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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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Salmon tartare blinis

Make-ahead Christmas dinner recipes

Salmon tartare blinis

It wouldn’t be a party without canapés – Raymond Blanc puts his twist on a...

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Manchego-crusted pumpkin wedges

Pumpkin recipes

Manchego-crusted pumpkin wedges

These vegetarian pumpkin wedges have a decadent manchego crust. They’re perfect as a dinner party...

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Potted hot-smoked salmon with onion and apple pickle

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Potted hot-smoked salmon with onion and apple pickle

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a salmon starter. This potted hot-smoked salmon dish is simple,...

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Donal Skehan’s ham hock terrine

Make-ahead Christmas dinner recipes

Donal Skehan’s ham hock terrine

Donal Skehan’s ham hock terrine is easy to prepare in advance and makes an impressive...

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Smoked salmon and dill dip

Burns Night recipes

Smoked salmon and dill dip

This smoked salmon and dill dip is the perfect accompaniment for breadsticks, crunchy crudités or...

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Herbed crab, saffron and chilli mayonnaise with toasted baguette

Crab recipes

Herbed crab, saffron and chilli mayonnaise with toasted...

An aromatic and light crab starter, packed with flavour from herbs and saffron- a must...

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Spiced potted shrimps with quick-pickled cucumber

Christmas starter recipes

Spiced potted shrimps with quick-pickled cucumber

Festively spiced buttery shrimps pair perfectly with sweet and sharp cucumber in this recipe fit...

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Salmon terrine

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Salmon terrine

A recipe that everyone should have in their repertoire, this classic salmon terrine comes with...

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Heritage beetroot and candied walnut salad

Christmas starter recipes

Heritage beetroot and candied walnut salad

A feast for the eyes as well as the palate. This heritage beetroot and candied...

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Clodagh Mckenna’s smoked mackerel and dill pâté with fennel crispbreads

Make-ahead Christmas dinner recipes

Clodagh Mckenna’s smoked mackerel and dill pâté with...

Clodagh Mckenna’s easy smoked mackerel and dill pâté recipe makes an elegant starter for a...

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Scallops in their shells

Scallop recipes

Scallops in their shells

Make chef Tom Kitchin’s scallops in their shells – served with a creamy, French-style sauce...

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Smoked salmon with beetroot parsnip rösti

Smoked salmon recipes

Smoked salmon with beetroot parsnip rösti

Breakfast, lunch or dinner – this quick recipe is delicious at any time of the...

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Beetroot and shallot tarte tatin with walnut, orange and dill dressing

Beetroot recipes

Beetroot and shallot tarte tatin with walnut, orange...

This beetroot and shallot tarte tatin makes a great sharing starter and adds a pop...

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Wild mushroom and bulgur wheat cakes

Vegetarian Christmas starter recipes

Wild mushroom and bulgur wheat cakes

This vegetarian starter is a celebration of mushrooms, using porcini, chanterelle and chestnut.

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Roast pumpkin with toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese and thyme

Blue cheese recipes

Roast pumpkin with toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese and...

This roast pumpkin recipe with toasted hazelnuts, blue cheese, fresh thyme and red chilli, makes...

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Celeriac and apple soup with girolle mushrooms and cheesy toasts

Celeriac recipes

Celeriac and apple soup with girolle mushrooms and...

This autumnal soup recipe uses seasonal ingredients such as celeriac, apple and mushrooms to make...

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Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill pâté

Christmas starter recipes

Smoked salmon, cream cheese and dill pâté

This quick and easy smoked salmon pâté recipe is served with a homemade caraway soda...

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Mushroom and potato dauphinois tarts

Dinner ideas for two

Mushroom and potato dauphinois tarts

This deep-filled tart recipe makes for an indulgent vegetarian dinner party main course.

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