Easy Terrine Recipe with Duck, Chicken and Sour Cherry

Best ever pâté and terrine recipes for Christmas

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A homemade pâté or terrine served with warm, crusty bread is an ideal make-ahead starter for Christmas entertaining. Try chicken liver, hot-smoked salmon, ham hock and more this festive season


Looking for the perfect Christmas Day starter recipes to serve before your Christmas Day dinner and to have along side festive cocktails? Impress your guests over the festive season with our best terrine and pâté recipes here. From easy pork terrine and duck terrine to quick fish pâté and chicken liver pâté, there’s plenty to choose from…

Plus, we’ve got plenty of Christmas baking and Christmas dessert recipes to finish off your festive feast, too.



  • Our terrine recipes include festive ingredients such as pistachios, sherry and cranberries

Rabbit terrine recipe

This terrine may take a little time to make, but it's worth the effort. This one's flavoured with ginger, thyme, allspice and a splash of Pedro Ximénez sherry. The shelled pistachios along with the allspice give it a festive flavour and slightly crunchy texture. Make it as Boxing Day treat to enjoy with leftover cheese and chutney.

Rabbit Terrine Recipe

Pork terrine

On Christmas Day, there's so much to think about from the cooking of the turkey (check out our top tips to cooking your turkey here) to the layering of the trifle. The last thing you need to think about is the starter, so make this pork terrine a couple of days in advance and leave to chill in the fridge. When you want to serve it, simply take it out of the fridge, remove the cling film and give the plate a quick dip in hot water.

Pork Terrine Recipe

Vegetarian terrine recipe with beetroot and goat's cheese

Got vegetarians over for Christmas Day lunch? Use our easy step-by-step picture guide to make this eye-catching, meat-free starter for your veggie crowd, topped with candied walnuts and crisp herbs. More vegetarian Christmas recipes here.

Vegetable Terrine With Beetroot And Goat's Cheese

Duck terrine recipe with chicken and sour cherry

Our duck terrine recipe with sour cherry and crunchy pistachios makes for the perfect dinner party starter over the festive season. Our stunning recipe can be made up to three days ahead, just make sure you keep it well wrapped in the fridge. More starter recipes here.

Easy Terrine Recipe with Duck, Chicken and Sour Cherry

Chicken liver pâté

Chicken liver pâté is a great make-ahead Christmas Day starter. It's an ndulgent treat, and a great way to prepare for the feast that's to follow. Why not serve it with some crunchy bread or sourdough and cornichons on the side? Or, if you're feeling really adventurous, pipe it into some choux buns and accompany it with some posh sauternes jelly or christmassy chutney.

Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe

Smoked mackerel pâté with pickled beets

Want a easy yet impressive starter recipe for your Christmas Day dinner? Our smoked mackerel pâté is simple to make but packs in a lot of flavour. Served with cucumber and pickled beetroot makes it a bit more special.

Mackerel Pâté Recipe with Pickled Beetroot

Chicken liver pâté recipe with drop scones

This recipe for einkhorn drop scone with chicken liver pâté would make an impressive Christmas Day starter. Wow your guests with an indulgent start to the meal. The drop scone has a light texture that works well with the rich pâté.

Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe with Drop Scones

Tuna niçoise pâté

Mix up your meat terrine with this tuna fish pâté. Our creamy tuna niçoise pâté recipe is super simple and takes no time at all to make. This recipe serves 6, is ready in 15 minutes and makes for a perfect start to your Christmas feast. Check out more of our best Christmas recipes and ideas here.

Tuna Niçoise Pâté Recipe

Smoked mackerel pâté

Need a quick Christmas Day starter recipe? Smoked mackerel pâté is quick to make and pretty healthy too. It also has the benefit of being slightly lighter than its meatier counterparts ahead of an epic meal. Alternatively it would be perfect on the Boxing Day buffet table for those fish eaters. Serve it with some crusty bread, some crackers and the rest of the leftovers! Check out our Boxing Day recipes to feed a crowd here.

Smoked Mackerel Pâté Recipe


Rabbit terrine with pickled walnuts

Looking for an easy yet stunning Christmas Day starter recipe? Rabbit is a great budget choice and slow-cooking with pork belly and herbs makes a lovely terrine. Serve this as a starter or evening buffet recipe for your friends and family over the festive season. It's better made ahead so will save loads of time. Check out more of our Christmas recipes to feed a crowd here.

Rabbit Terrine Recipe with Pickled Walnuts

Ham hock terrine with pineapple relish

Another great prepare-ahead recipe, ham hock terrine is also a great way to use up leftover Christmas ham. It could be made for the Boxing Day buffet or to enjoy in the down time between Christmas and New Year. It's packed full of meat while the pineapple-ginger relish is a sweet and spicy accompaniment. Discover more of our Christmas leftover recipes here.

Ham Hock Terrine with Pineapple Relish

Pork and pistachio terrine with apricots

Want to impress your guests over the festive season? Add this spectacular starter to your Christmas menu and turn a family meal or dinner for friends into a really special occasion. Check out our more of our impressive Christmas Day recipes.

Pork and Pistachio Terrine Recipe with Apricot

Ham hock terrine with piccalilli

Need a show-stopping Christmas Day starter? A really good terrine is a wonderful thing and although it takes a little effort it's absolutely worth it. Make this one up to 2-3 days ahead and keep chilled. Ask the butcher if the hocks need overnight soaking. Use a good shop-bought piccalilli to serve alongside.

Guinea fowl terrine

This guinea fowl terrine makes a great alternative from ham and chicken. Packed with prunes, juniper berries and wrapped in bacon, it's got a great variety of fruity flavours. This could be served on a Christmas Eve, a delicious way to start off the festive feast.

Guinea Fowl Terrine Recipe

Hot-smoked salmon and watercress pâté with bagel crisps

Smoked salmon and watercress pâté is creamy yet light. Around Christmas time, people often stock up  on smoked salmon, but run out of ways to use it. Why not make this pâté and spread it on a toasted bagel? It's the perfect snack for Christmas Eve or why not serve it at Boxing Day brunch?

Smoked Salmon Pâté Recipe with Watercress and Bagel Crisps

Pork terrine recipe with chorizo

It's always handy to make a terrine in advance to keep in the fridge over the Christmas period. It can be brought out if surprise friends pop around or if you run out of leftovers! Serve it with bread, crackers and salad.

Pork Terrine Recipe with Chorizo

Smoked mackerel pâté recipe with lemon

This oh-so-easy pâté is made by simply whizzing in a food processor and chilling until you're ready to serve. It also works with hot smoked trout or salmon. Serve as a canapé on melba toast, prepare ahead for a starter or enjoy as a light lunch.

Smoked Mackerel Pâté Recipe with Lemon

olive magazine podcast ep78 – Christmas condiments, fancy brunches and our foodie guide to eating and drinking in central London

This week on the olive magazine podcast we talk Christmas condiments, the rise and rise of fancy brunches, and where to grab the best food and drink in central London while Christmas shopping