Find Christmas starter recipes for a special family dinner, including brand new crayfish cocktail, beetroot and gin cured salmon and a kirsch cheese fondue.
The opener to your Christmas dinner will set the tone for your meal, whether it's a smart fennel and lobster salad dotted with pomegranate or roast squash filled with oozing goats' cheese, with rustic bread for dipping.
We've picked our best starter recipes, with many you can make ahead and serve when you're ready as well as some that you can make at the table and get everyone stuck in for a more informal day. We've also selected some vegetarian starter recipes, so that everyone can enjoy the meal.
This crayfish cocktail
is a new take on prawn cocktail, sprinkled with sumac or cayenne pepper to make a smart Christmas starter and a twist on an old favourite.
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