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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1735 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

 
11 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

 
73 reviews
 
25min

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

Recipe by: MISS AMY

 
58 reviews
 
35min

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

Recipe by: Gina Owens-Stanley

 
9 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

 
3706 reviews
 
55min

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

Recipe by: Angie Gorkoff

 
12 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

 
35 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

 
4 reviews
 
25min

This chestnut soup makes a lovely Christmas starter. The chestnuts make this soup velvety and creamy without any cream. You can use nearly any winter squash for this soup, but butternut squash and pumpkin work especially well.

Recipe by: Diana

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