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Light starter for Christmas Day lunch?

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  • Linda32
    Linda32 Posts: 4,385 Forumite
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    IMO its never to early to think about Christmas ;) Saves an awful lot of bother in the long run.

    We never have starter but melon would be nice. Cheaper to buy, easy to prepare if you have a melon baller (if thats what they are called).
  • We always have soup and or pawn cocktail, as DD wants things done like her nan does it .

    I'd suggest pate as well or a ham terrine , both can be made ahead of time.
  • floss2
    floss2 Posts: 8,030 Forumite
    We always have chicken liver parfait (a la Gary Rhodes) as my DH makes it and it's scrummy.

    Why not have a deconstructed prawn cocktail - salad leaves, carefully laid out prawns and marie-rose dressing with a lemon wedge? It only needs to be a side-plate portion, as you want your main course to be the star!
  • bossymoo
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    Or melon and ham? Figs?

    A nice idea might be some mixed canap! type things, just to pass around whilst the main is cooking, just to whet the appetite. More informal, and saves on washing up!

    We're not having a starter this year, ours is very informal, and everyone ends up just stuffed. So we are just going to enjoy our main course. We usually have the deserts later in the evening, after a cheeseboard or small buffet of leftovers.

    I have two preschool children so a three course meal is a big ask for them when there's so much excitement...
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  • We have prawn cocktail or pate. DD has egg mayonaisse as she doesn't eat fish. Soup can be filling though. Open sarnies like the Danish have are good too.
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  • Yes I thought of canapes instead which could be an idea- thought of mixed bruschetta.

    Ham terrine sounds good- is it difficult to make? The one time I tried pate, it turned out horrible... :-(
  • The terrine is not hard though can be a little time consuming but as I said can be made a head of time in the past I've made it with Ham and left over Christmas turkey.
  • I wonder what sorts of things places like M&S sell as a suitable starter for xmas day? To give us some ideas to do something similar home made?

    I wonder if a light onion tart (mini ones) would be good? I haven't got a recipe though!!!
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  • daska
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    edited 30 September 2012 at 7:35PM
    I usually try to avoid pastry in starters, it's a bit too filling, but given the state of my budget that might be a good thing at my table this year LOL. I have an idea what I want to do for breakfast this year. I have a christmas themed small muffin pan and I'm going to make frittatas in them.
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