Christmas starters

Serve up a delicious smoked salmon or prawn starter for an elegant start to your Christmas dinner. We have lots of easy recipes for seasonal soups, pates and more!

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28 reviews
 
50min

My family loves soup and this is one of their favourites. It has lots of flavour and is fairly quick to make. It's primarily a mushroom soup but derives a lot of its flavour from other ingredients.

Recipe by: HAMM

 
10 reviews
 
6min

Amazing fresh, easy prawn toast. Now you can make this delicious Chinese dim sum favourite at home.

Recipe by: vickiwood

 
7 reviews
 
8hr48min

This elegant make-ahead salmon starter requires a bit of time, but is actually rather easy. You'll need a terrine. Great to make ahead for dinner parties!

Recipe by: Swiss Phil

 
8 reviews
 
35min

Individual ramekins of lobster baked with a breadcrumb topping make for an impressive dinner party starter.

Recipe by: Gina Owens-Stanley

 
7 reviews
 
55min

A cream cheese and Parmesan filling is stuffed into mushroom caps before baking.

Recipe by: Angie Gorkoff

 
5 reviews
 
25min

This pâté makes a delicious and elegant starter. Serve with thin slices of toasted baguette.

Recipe by: MISS AMY

 
5 reviews
 
50min

Delightful soup made with chestnuts toasted in butter, chicken stock, vegetables and Madeira wine. You can substitute Marsala for the Madeira. Serve hot with a spoonful of soured cream and a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper. This soup can be made up to 2 days in advance.

Recipe by: Laurie Tarasiewicz

 
8 reviews
 
5hr

A family recipe, this pate has a roux base, and is softer than geletine based pate, making it great for spreading on toast. Pate is a flexible dish - this could be made with lamb or calf liver, or peppers could be mixed in with the onions

Recipe by: zeimusu

 
6 reviews
 
50min

I love dumplings and have come up with this recipe using all of my favourite ingredients. The dumplings consist of pork, prawns, watercress, water chestnuts, and are absolutely delicious! Great for a party.

Recipe by: Vivian Lee

 
5 reviews
 
40min

I got this recipe from a winery at a tasting. It is so delicious on baguette with some wine. For a chunkier consistency, you can fold in additional chopped walnuts at the end. I couldn't stop eating it at the tasting and neither could any of the other tasters!

Recipe by: w

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