Make a big impact with these quick and easy Christmas lunch starters


1. Warm duck winter salad

A classic flavour-pairing of duck and orange makes this warming winter salad the perfect intro to the main event. See recipe for warm duck winter salad.

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Warm duck salad


2. Pan-fried scallops with crisp pancetta, watercress & lemon crème fraîche

Add a bit of low-effort high-luxury to the Christmas meal by kicking off lunch with this simple starter that allows the sweet, delicate scallops to do the talking. See recipe for pan-fried scallops with crisp pancetta.

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Pan fried Scallops with Crisp Pancetta, Watercress & Lemon Creme Fraiche


3. Wild mushroom tartlets

Sainsbury’s ready made puff pastry makes these creamy mushroom tarts a doddle to make. To go all-out Christmassy, replace the mushrooms with chestnuts. See recipe for wild mushroom tartlets.

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Wild Mushroom Tart


4. Prawn, avocado & chilli bruschetta

The chilli, coriander and lemon marinade makes all the difference in this lively prawn starter, and it only takes 15 minutes for all the flavours to infuse. Delicious. See recipe for prawn, avocado & chilli bruschetta.

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Prawn, Avocado and Chili Bruschetta


5. Fig, thyme and goats’ cheese tart

Goats’ cheese and fig are a flavour match made in heaven. Treat guests to this show-stopping starter all wrapped up in a flakey filo pastry. See recipe for fig, thyme and goats’ cheese tart.

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Fig Tart


6. Gravadlax salmon starter with blinis

A bit of TLC (and time) is required for this delicious seasonal starter which includes home-cured salmon, but the result – thinly-sliced salmon on homemade blinis – is truly worth it. See recipe for gravadlax salmon starter with blinis.

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Gravadlex Salmon