From irresistible trinkets to decadent desserts: our best recipes for Christmas Day |  Food

From irresistible trinkets to decadent desserts: our best recipes for Christmas Day | Food

A decadent starter – and a gift for chefs who like to get ahead.

Yotam Ottolenghi's three-cheese dip with spicy date syrup and pine nuts.
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A set of festive snacks: cumin, spelled and parmesan grissini with aleppo chili, to dip in a mixture of three cheeses with spicy date syrup and pine nuts, and a classy, ​​sake-cured salmon with sesame sprinkles and pickles.

Rachel Roddy's Shrimp Salad.
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Two light starters to offset the big feast to come – a light shrimp, fennel and celery salad and a ricotta and spinach cake that is somewhere between a soufflé and a frittata.

Yotam Ottolenghi's spicy Creole turkey with bourbon and pineapple.
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With fried cassava, a garlic and coriander salsa, rainbow manold with ham and a cranberry and manold jam.

Thomasina Miers guajillo pineapple adobo ham.
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A jubilant alternative ham with a spicy, sour-sweet Mexican glaze of pineapple and chili.

Ravinder Bhogal's jeweled nut and cranberry rice pilaf
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Dried fruits are a specialty of the Levant and bring festive luxury to these dishes with fragrant fried chicken and nutty, chewy, jeweled pilau rice.

Meera's vegan Christmas pumpkin.
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A bulging, festive squash filled with a tasty filling of spicy vegetables, mushrooms and nuts.

Meera Sodha's red cabbage, apple and pomegranate salad.
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A crispy and fresh winter salad of festive red cabbage, crispy apple and sweet and sour pomegranate that will go well with any roast.

Emily Scott's Christmas baked salmon with lemon verbena vodka, clementines, fennel and dill sour cream.
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A whole salmon fillet baked with fennel in chili and sea salt, then drizzled with a honey, lemon verbena and clementine vodka glaze, with candied clementines and a dill sour cream.

Ravneet Gills sherry apple pies.
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Spicy apple pies that will win over people who (they say) do not like chopped pies.

Tom Hunt's Christmas pie.
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Turn the remnants of the festive table into a baby-storming pie that is as satisfying to make as it is to eat.

Yotam Ottolenghi's party glued rice cake.
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We introduce a Chinese-inspired vegan centerpiece to your Christmas table.

Thomasina Miers' chicken braised with celeriac, pancetta and sage
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Delicious – and easily adapted to feed no matter how many people you have around the table.

Signe Johansen's Norwegian-style feast with blow-dried duck roast with cherry sauce, a winter salad with clementines, fennel and candied walnuts and Jansson's temptation - potato, celeriac and rye crisp.
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A Scandinavian party with blow-dried duck roast with a bubbly cherry sauce, a winter salad with clementines and candied walnuts and a luxurious, layered potato hotpot.

Signe Johansen's wild mushroom, chestnut and stilton filo pie and pickled beets with sprouts, dried cherry and dill slaw 20201203 Party SigneJohannsonFiloPie 043
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Wild mushrooms, chestnut and stilton filo pie, a “sunset roast” of turnip, pumpkin and sweet potato with saffron lemon yogurt and pickled beets with a sprout, dried cherries and dill slaw.

Rick Toogood's recipe for stuffed hake with porcini sauce.
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An audience-friendly alternative to seafood for turkey roast.

Yotam Ottolenghi's spatchcock chicken with toasted chili butter
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Turn your head with a fried spatchcock chicken in chili butter, with a Gruffalo-inspired filling cake, sweet potatoes toasted with pecan and lime and a budding slaw.

Gill Meller's roasted and cooked ham.
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A banquet with gammon prepared with stout, oranges, molasses and spices, with sides of mustard pears, blue cheese gratin, fried parsnip and date salad, herb sprouts with puy lentils and a caramelized onion puree.

Sabrina Ghayour's beetroot, feta and chestnut puffs
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Everyone wants to put in these festive beetroot cakes – plus a recipe for honey harissa brussels sprouts that might even win over the anti-sprout brigade.

Meera Sodha's vada pav with coriander and peanut chutney.
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Known as vada pav, this snack goes well with a bit of green chutney for the perfect festive evening snack.

Nik Sharma's fried chicken pulao with cranberries, raisins and spices.
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The perfect combination: spicy chicken with cranberry and cashew nut jewelry and a crisp fruity side.

Felicity Cloake's traditional Christmas spread.
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A big, bronzed turkey or a roast of sage and stiletto nuts this year? Or both? And not to forget all the classic festive sides. Our resident perfectionist will show you how.

Rachel Roddy's toasted pie with vegetables and cheese with mushrooms and chestnut.
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This adaptable seasonal favorite features a ricotta dough with just the right amount of flagged crumble and a thick and rich flavorful filling.

Rachel Roddy's coffee and ricotta creams.
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A satisfying dessert that is a cross between mousse, cheesecake filling and blancmange – enjoy with a glass of something strong.

Thomasina Miers' pear, panettone and chocolate trifle.
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Top of trifle decadence: mascarpone, panettone, poached pear and chunks of dark chocolate, with a good kick of sherry.

Meera Sodha's spicy chocolate kheer with almond chikki.
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A chocolate and cinnamon rice pudding, known as kheer + caramelized almonds = a Christmas dessert with x-factor.

Rachel Roddys julecassata.
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A tender, outrageously sweet dessert.

Ravneet Gills baked alaska.
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Is there any dessert that is more flamboyant than this retro child storm of ice cream on a mushroom base, all smothered in meringue and roasted to perfect perfection?

Felicity Cloakes perfect - ie hybrid - Basque cheesecake.
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If you’re still looking for a punchy sweet centerpiece for the Christmas table, this simple baked dessert is ideal.

Rachel Roddy's dark chocolate and orange pie.
Rachel Roddy’s dark chocolate and orange pie. Photo: Louise Hagger / The Guardian.

This festive tribute to Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a wonderful dessert.

Benjamina Ebuehi's mini-clementine ginger pies.
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The sweetness of clementine curd alleviates the hit of burning ginger in this tasty winter pudding.

Ravneet Gills Christmas recipe for steamed date pudding with toffee sauce
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A winning alternative to traditional Christmas pillow. Shave ready …

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