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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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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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 with cheddar sablés

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Spiced pea soup 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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Blinis with smoked salmon and dill pâté

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Blinis with smoked salmon and dill pâté

These blinis with smoked salmon and dill pâté make an ideal canapé recipe to serve...

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Potted crab

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Potted crab

An easy potted crab recipe makes a quick starter to serve at a dinner party....

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Chicken liver salad with shallot dressing

Chicken liver salad with shallot dressing

Raymond Blanc’s chicken liver salad recipe is a French classic – you can make some...

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Individual smoked salmon terrines for Christmas

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Individual smoked salmon terrines for Christmas

After a classic smoked salmon starter? Make these easy to prepare individual smoked salmon terrines...

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Smoked salmon, cream cheese and watercress rolls

Make-ahead Christmas starters

Smoked salmon, cream cheese and watercress rolls

Easy to make, these smoked salmon rolls are perfect as canapés, a Christmas starter or...

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