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Light starter for Christmas Day lunch?

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  • Prawn cocktail or melon would get my vote. Having said that we don't "do" a starter for Christmas lunch, there's enough food anyway!
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  • buyitall
    buyitall Posts: 3,597 Forumite
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    OMG - nipped off to watch the x-factor and so many replies, thanks everyone! Am leaning towards the canapes or prawns at the moment. Many thanks for all the suggestions xxx
  • melliec wrote: »
    I have done this simple starter for Christmas dinner a few times....

    Arrange a couple of tinned pear halves on a plate/dish and fill with a stuffing made of cream cheese, chopped dates, walnuts and dried cranberries. garnish with some baby leaves :)

    this sounds amazing! i never do a starter but after seeing this, it will be on my menu this year

    how about something like roasted pepper and goats cheese mini tarts, they can be really small and if you use filo pastry,they could be quite light so won't take up too much tummy space:D
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  • buyitall
    buyitall Posts: 3,597 Forumite
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    Thanks again, am going to do a trial run of the suggestions I haven't heard of before xx
  • lostinrates
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    Ladyhawk wrote: »
    I know you have said no soup - but last year I made a lovely light soup as a starter. It was a beetroot and vodka soup and absolutely delish!

    Let me know if you want the recipe and I will dig it out.


    I'd like the recipe please :)
  • nopot2pin
    nopot2pin Posts: 5,721 Forumite
    Ladyhawk wrote: »
    I know you have said no soup - but last year I made a lovely light soup as a starter. It was a beetroot and vodka soup and absolutely delish!

    Let me know if you want the recipe and I will dig it out.


    I would have suggested a prawn cocktail, or avocada prawns.... but this sounds lovely too .....
    Could you post the recipe please ?
    :D
  • katholicos
    katholicos Posts: 2,658 Forumite
    Pâte with a few small toasted bread shapes to accompany it.
    Prawns in seafood sauce, on a bed of lettuce, cucumber, tomato.
    Chilled melon balls.
    Mushrooms in breadcrumbs served with a garlic mayonnaise.
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  • SUESMITH_2
    SUESMITH_2 Posts: 2,093 Forumite
    we will be having prawn cocktail or melon and sorbet
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  • babyshoes
    babyshoes Posts: 1,771 Forumite
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    How about melon & parma ham? Light but you get the lovely luxurious savoury-ness of the ham.

    Or a selection of deli bits to nibble on with some nice bread to dibble in the oil - things like artichoke hearts, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives etc.Most supermarkets have a reasonable range of nice nibbles. We often have something similar for a light weekend lunch with the addition of some taramasalata, hummus, cold meats and cheeses.

    Or maybe you could go for a simple salad with some unusual treats in it like feta, avocado, sundried tomatoes etc.

    A dip with crisps and/or veggies may be enough, depending on your guests!
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  • susan1
    susan1 Posts: 319 Forumite
    Thank you, thats my starter sorted too. I have been pondering what to do! Mushrooms in Garlic sauce.
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