Treat yourself to something special this Christmas with one of these tempting recipes to serve before the turkey

 

1. Salmon and dill pesto en croûte

An impressive Christmas salmon dish that can be prepared and cooked in less than an hour. What's not to love? Get the recipe for salmon and dill pesto en croûte.

 

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

For a quick yet special seafood starter, try this recipe for fresh scallops and bold pancetta in a fresh, zingy dressing. Get the recipe for pan-fried scallops with crisp pancetta.

 

3. Salmon parcels with melba toast

These smoked salmon parcels with fresh avocado and cool soft cheese wouldn’t look out of place in a restaurant – but are very easy to prepare. Get the recipe for salmon parcels with melba toast.

 

4. King prawns with a cucumber, lemon zest and dill dip

Please your party guests and give yourself more time with this ready-in-10-minutes recipe for fresh king prawns served with a lively dip. Get the recipe for king prawns with a cucumber, lemon zest and dill dip.

 

5. Prawn, avocado and chilli bruschetta

These bruschetta bites work equally well as a starter or party canapé – all thanks to the delicious marinade of lemon juice, chilli and coriander. Get the recipe for prawn, avocado and chilli bruschetta

 

6. Oven-roasted fish platter

It's a lot of food, but party guests will soon get through this sharing platter, which includes piri piri prawns, crumbed cod bites and ham-wrapped scallops, served with a delicious garlic dip. Get the recipe for oven-roasted fish platter.

 

7. Hot smoked salmon and roasted beetroot salad with horseradish dressing

Save on precious eating space by serving up this light and bright smoked salmon and roasted beetroot salad for your Christmas lunch starter. Get the recipe for hot smoked salmon and roasted beetroot salad.

 

8. Lobster thermidor with white wine sauce

Want to go all out? This decadent dish won't fail to impress – and you won't be stuck in the kitchen for hours making it. Get the recipe for lobster thermidor with white wine sauce.