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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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 Hoxton Bakehouse stoneground spelt loaf

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Mackerel pâté with quick-pickled radishes and Hoxton Bakehouse...

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

Serve up this elegant yet speedy starter at your next dinner party. It’s so tasty...

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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

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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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 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

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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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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Potato latkes with smoked salmon and horseradish crème fraîche

Brunch recipes

Potato latkes with smoked salmon and horseradish crème...

Crispy potato pancakes pair perfectly with creamy crème fraîche in this traditional Jewish dish.

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Spiced pea soup shots with cheddar sablés

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Spiced pea soup shots with cheddar sablés

This easy pea soup recipe is spiced with paprika and served with cheesy pastry sablés.

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Twice-baked soufflés with Gruyère and cheddar

Soufflé recipes

Twice-baked soufflés with Gruyère and cheddar

Soufflés are among the kitchen’s greatest challenges. Try our soufflé recipe (and memorise our tips...

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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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Spiced parsnip and apple soup

Make-ahead Christmas dinner recipes

Spiced parsnip and apple soup

Parsnip and apple are a marriage made in heaven, especially when combined in this soup...

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September 2019