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Perfect Christmas starters

It's the one time of year to really go all out - so why not have starters with your Christmas dinner?

Top tips for Christmas starters

Not too big

We all know how much food there is on Christmas Day so the last thing you need is a massive starter. A small, delicate portion is more than enough - and it means you won't add to the Christmas food leftovers.

 
Not too filling

You don't want to spend all that time on Christmas dinner only for everyone to get
full on the starter. Heavy soups, rich tarts and chunky breads can often be more filling than they look so take that into consideration when planning your starter.

 

Not too complicated

You'll have so much going on on the big day, you don't want to add to your tasks by choosing a complicated starter. To make life easier, you could always opt for a starter that you can make in advance and keep in the fridge/freezer until you need it - you'll thank yourself later!

 

Just right

Small, not too filling and nice and simple, your Christmas starter should be a delicious addition to your meal. Save any you like the look of in a Christmas collection in your Recipe Book.

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    Serves: 4-6

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    Serves: 2

    Total time: 25 mins

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    Serves: 4

    Total time: 15 mins

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    Serves: 4

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    Serves: 6

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    Serves: 6

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  • Individual puff pastry tarts filled with oven caramelized leek and scallops. Delicious as an indulgent first…

    Makes: 4

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    Serves: 4

    Total time: 20 mins

  • Serve up this salmon souffle as a festive starter for Christmas dinner or at a dinner party. Twice-baked for…

    Serves: 6-8

    Total time: 55 mins

  • Salmon pate is great for a starter or as a party snack which is perfect for the festive season! This simple…

    Serves: 4

  • Asparagus is low in cholesterol and contains no calories, making it one of the healthiest veg around- combined…

    Makes: 8

    Total time: 25 mins

  • Make delicious cheesy mushrooms as a vegetarian starter or turn them into a filling main served with brown rice…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 35 mins

  • Triple tested: Itís not embarrassing to serve these retro prawn cocktails anymore Ė itís trendy. Brought to you…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 15 mins

  • This smooth, rich-tasting chestnut soup makes a great winter night treat. Serve in hot bowls, swirl some cream…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 1 hr 30 mins

  • Use leftover Christmas turkey to make this delicious, warming creamed turkey and mushroom soup. After all the…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 55 mins

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