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Light starter for Christmas Day lunch?

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  • picklepick
    picklepick Posts: 4,048 Forumite
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    Wow, lots of lovely ideas guys, thanks. The mackerel pate sounds yummy and I didn't consider it before. Great!

    I also like the idea of the platter, I'd love that. It also sounds dead easy to do and actually, we sometimes have that as a sharing starter in an Italian place we go to. I could do a little balsamic and olive oil dip with the bread too. Mmm my mouths watering just thinking about it now!
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  • kochi1
    kochi1 Posts: 268 Forumite
    Another quick and easy one to do is breasola with rocket, parmesan and rocket - just open the packet of meat, place on plate, rocket on top, grate some parmesan on top then drizzle with olive oil. Quick and tasty!
    At least the fish fingers are still frozen, that's what I keep telling myself (Truly Madly Deeply)


  • mummybearx
    mummybearx Posts: 1,921 Forumite
    You could do a really simple easy tomato tart. Buy a pack of puff pastry, roll out and score about 1inch in from the outside (don't score all the way through though)

    Spread some pesto in the inner square, slice up some tomatoes or halve cherry toms, spread over the pesto and grate/crumble/slice some cheese over the top with seasoning

    Serve with some rocket, voila!
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  • zippychick
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  • zepsgal wrote: »
    You could do a really simple easy tomato tart. Buy a pack of puff pastry, roll out and score about 1inch in from the outside (don't score all the way through though)

    Spread some pesto in the inner square, slice up some tomatoes or halve cherry toms, spread over the pesto and grate/crumble/slice some cheese over the top with seasoning

    Serve with some rocket, voila!

    That is now my dinner for tomorrow. Thanks Zepsgal!
  • stiltwalker
    stiltwalker Posts: 1,319 Forumite
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    I know ordinary smoked salmon is out but have you tried hot smoked salmon? it's cooked so is fine (in fact shouldn't you be having a certain amount of fish anyway according to the guidelines?) and it is also really tasty. You can just serve it as you would cold smoked with a garnish of rocket, wedge of lemon, a sprinkle of capers and thin brown bread and butter so it is just as easy.
  • lostinrates
    lostinrates Posts: 55,283 Forumite
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    What about potted shrimp? You can prep in advance, apart from the toast (but you can have that ready and laid out in triangles to just stick under a grill -easier that a toaster for many slices IMO) and think its fine during pregnancy. Can be served in raiins,small cups, whatever is''spare'' on a day every dish in the house seems to be used!


    We're having something hot (no heating) because we have no heating, and are having beef for the main course.....I haven't decided what yet, but it might just be bagna cauda (a hot sauce for crudite) to keep thing simple and a bit more vegetably :)
  • I know I know- it is much much too early to be thinking about Christmas!

    However I am cooking Christmas dinner for the in-laws for the first time this year so am trying to spread my preparations out over the coming months- particularly as work is a nightmare and last year I was totally unprepared for Christmas due to being so stressed about work.

    Sooooo... any ideas for a starter for Christmas Day? I am pretty confident about the main meal as have cooked if for my family loads of times (Mum hates cooking) but the in-laws always have a starter which we never had.

    Plus... FIL doesn't eat any fish (me and MIL love it), OH doesn't eat goat's cheese and no-one wants soup! Just want something light and easy....
  • Pink.
    Pink. Posts: 17,675 Forumite
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    These threads should give you some ideas:

    Light starter for Christmas Day lunch?

    Starters

    I'll add this thread to the first link later to keep the suggestions together.

    Pink
  • anguk
    anguk Posts: 3,412 Forumite
    I was going to suggest smoked salmon or mackerel pate because there's no cooking involved but then noticed FIL won't eat fish so I would do chicken liver pate with melba toast.

    It's very quick and easy to make, fry the chicken livers in some butter, when they're cooked bung them in a food processor and blitz, add a bit of double cream until it's the right consistency, a bit of salt and black pepper. You can also add a bit of brandy too. Grill some bread lightly on both sides, cut off the crusts then slice through the middle of each slice to split it and grill the untoasted side.
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