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Whether savoured with blinis and crème fraîche at drinks parties, or devoured with scrambled eggs and a glass of fizz on Christmas morning, smoked salmon is a festive must-have.
Here are three really simple – but special – starter ideas to please your festive fancies.
For a fun seasonal starter, lay out smoked salmon in the shape of a Christmas tree on each plate. Sprinkle with lemon zest and scatter with capers to give a bauble-like effect, then add a mini breadstick as a tree trunk. Decorate with a little gold leaf if you like, for an extra-special gilded effect. Season with pepper (pink peppercorns are especially good) and serve with thinly sliced brown bread and butter, plus lemon wedges to squeeze over.
Try Sainsbury's smoked salmon with orange dressing (£3.50 for 160g) or Taste the Difference salmon with beetroot and horseradish (£9 for 300g).
For an easy and delicious dip, blitz 120g smoked salmon with 180g full-fat cream cheese, 150ml soured cream, 1 tsp horseradish sauce, 2 tbsp roughly chopped dill and a squeeze of lemon juice. Stir in 2 tbsp chopped capers and serve with crudités or grissini. Serves 6.