Starters and nibbles
• Buy smoked salmon trimmings from the deli counter at the supermarket. You'll save money by buying the oddly shaped trimmings, but once you whip it into a Smoked salmon pate
, no one will know the difference!
• Eggs are inexpensive year round, and no one can resist warm Mini quiches
straight out of the oven. And they'll be devoured whether they're made with pancetta and Gruyere (£££) or bacon and Cheddar (£)!
• Vegetable soups
are almost all cheap to make, and can be made special for the occasion with some creative presentation and Christmassy spices. For example, a cheap and basic Butternut squash soup
becomes extra-special with a swirl of cream, sprinkling of homemade croutons
(great for using up stale bread) and grating of nutmeg.
• Chicken liver pate is a perfect example of something that can be made on the cheap yourself, when you would spend oodles more if you bought it ready-made. The last we checked, 400g of fresh chicken livers can be had for about a quid, making our simple pate recipes
a boon for budget-conscious hosts.
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