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    • buyitall
    • By buyitall 28th Nov 10, 8:02 PM
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    Light starter for Christmas Day lunch?
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    Light starter for Christmas Day lunch? 28th Nov 10 at 8:02 PM
    Hi all,
    This year we're cooking for 9 for Christmas. We will have the full works for main course, and lots of puddings, so I'm looking for ideas for a very light starter. Four of the guests don't like smoked salmon, so that's out. I think soup will be too filling but can't think of anything else that's not bread-based or too rich. Also needs to take up not much oven space due to all the main course bits. I am considering not doing a starter, but if anyone here can suggest something nice and simple that would be great xx

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 28th Nov 10, 8:06 PM
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    Why not opt for some festive roasted and spiced nuts with pre-dinner drinks instead? Quick and easy and doesn't require any fridge space.
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    • By Sunflower1227 28th Nov 10, 8:19 PM
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    Go for an old fav, that doenst need to be cooked and can be prepared in advance - Prawn Cocktail
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    • melliec
    • By melliec 28th Nov 10, 8:25 PM
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    • 28th Nov 10, 8:25 PM
    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
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    • By tanith 28th Nov 10, 8:27 PM
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    Melon is easy and light.. I used to buy three different types/colour and either slice or ball it into pieces and put in a glass.. with a cocktail cherry on top .. very 70's
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    • madtrekker
    • By madtrekker 28th Nov 10, 8:28 PM
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    • 28th Nov 10, 8:28 PM
    You could always serve some canapes with drinks beforehand if you think a "proper" starter would be too filling.
    • Ladyhawk
    • By Ladyhawk 28th Nov 10, 8:35 PM
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    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.
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    • By hot.chick 28th Nov 10, 8:38 PM
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    • 28th Nov 10, 8:38 PM
    my suggestion is prawn cocktail too.....

    no cooking, just assemble

    or pate and melba toasts - also served cold.

    If you keep portions quite small and serve with mixed leaves would keep it light
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    • By Running On Empty 28th Nov 10, 8:42 PM
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    Avocado and prawn mayonnaise.
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    • By Running On Empty 28th Nov 10, 8:44 PM
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    Tomato caprese: sliced tomato, basil, mozarella, olive oil.
    Or sliced tomato, avocado fan and basil, olive oil.
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    i'm doing a goats cheese salad at hubbys request
    • Pitlanepiglet
    • By Pitlanepiglet 28th Nov 10, 8:48 PM
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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
    • By buyitall 28th Nov 10, 8:50 PM
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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
  • **skinnyminny**
    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
    Originally posted by melliec
    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
    • buyitall
    • By buyitall 28th Nov 10, 8:53 PM
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    Thanks again, am going to do a trial run of the suggestions I haven't heard of before xx
    • lostinrates
    • By lostinrates 28th Nov 10, 9:00 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Ladyhawk

    I'd like the recipe please
    • nopot2pin
    • By nopot2pin 28th Nov 10, 9:00 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by Ladyhawk

    I would have suggested a prawn cocktail, or avocada prawns.... but this sounds lovely too .....
    Could you post the recipe please ?
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    Pāte with a few small toasted bread shapes to accompany it.
    Prawns in seafood sauce, on a bed of lettuce, cucumber, tomato.
    Chilled melon balls.
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    we will be having prawn cocktail or melon and sorbet
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    • babyshoes
    • By babyshoes 28th Nov 10, 10:01 PM
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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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