Make-ahead Christmas starters

Need a festive head-start? Don’t we all. Here’s our round-up of make-ahead Christmas starters – from classic salmon blinis, to soups and lighter salads. You can make some days in advance, or part-make some the night before. On your marks, get set…

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Potted duck with pistachio

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Potted duck with pistachio

This pimped potted duck starter is easy to make ahead of time and will lend...

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Beetroot-cured salmon with watercress

Christmas starter recipes

Beetroot-cured salmon with watercress

This colourful Christmas starter uses beetroot and colourful citrus zest to produce a beetroot-cured salmon...

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Devilled eggs

Christmas canapés

Devilled eggs

The ultimate Christmas party food: devilled eggs look the part and are as moreish as...

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Smoked haddock scotch eggs with lemon mayo

Snacks and nibbles

Smoked haddock scotch eggs with lemon mayo

”I’m not sure why, but using haddock instead of sausagemeat makes these scotch eggs feel...

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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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Pork and rabbit rillettes

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Pork and rabbit rillettes

David Everitt-Matthias – head chef at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham – shares his recipe...

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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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Mackerel pâté with quick-pickled radishes and spelt

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Mackerel pâté with quick-pickled radishes and spelt

Homemade mackerel paté is an easy but impressive starter, that takes very little time to...

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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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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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Speedy mackerel pâté

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Speedy mackerel pâté

Find out how to make smoked mackerel pâté with our quick-fix recipe. It would  make...

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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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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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Smoked salmon, fennel and clementine salad

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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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Mini pissaladières

Christmas canapés

Mini pissaladières

These classic French canapés may be small in size but the topping made from anchovies,...

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Horseradish and preserved lemon salmon roulade

Make-ahead Christmas dinner recipes

Horseradish and preserved lemon salmon roulade

Salmon roulade is retro no more – our new take on the classic recipe combines...

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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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Smoked salmon latkes with Scandinavian horseradish cream

Brunch recipes

Smoked salmon latkes with Scandinavian horseradish cream

Forget blinis – when it comes to dinner party nibbles, it’s all about these crisp,...

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Chicken liver pâté with verjus and cider jelly

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Chicken liver pâté with verjus and cider jelly

Chicken liver pate is combined with acidic, sour, yet delicately flavoured verjus for the perfect...

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Smoked salmon pâté with quick-pickled radish and cucumber

Speedy salmon recipes

Smoked salmon pâté with quick-pickled radish and cucumber

Smoked salmon pâté, served with blinis or toasted sourdough, is an excellent quick-fix starter recipe.

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