Veggie Christmas starter for vegetarian who doesn't eat...

(55 Posts)

...well virtually anything really. Specifically -

blue cheese
soft cheese - brie, camembert etc

Can't have butternut squash or goats cheese as I'm doing a butternut squash, sweet potato and goats cheese pie.

The rest of us are all fairly unfussy omnivores, but one guest is allergic to peppers and anything pepper related so can't use any of these. The DC won't reliably eat any vegetable so I need a non vegetable component to distract them with so the rest of us can eat.

Really struggling for ideas. Please help!

MsHighwater Wed 12-Dec-12 22:45:59


suebfg Wed 12-Dec-12 22:46:53

How about a tasty soup?

MasterOfTheChristmasDisaster Wed 12-Dec-12 22:47:23

Cauliflower cheese?

Tomato and mozzarella bruschetta?

Are they a strict veggie, would they eat fish?

VivaLeBeaver Wed 12-Dec-12 22:49:36


peeriebear Wed 12-Dec-12 22:51:53

Will they eat feta? Courgette and feta type pastries are very tasty.

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 22:52:17

poached egg on asparagus?
parsnip soup? with homemade croutons?
a posh salad, maybe with roasted veg, or homemade bread sticks, although bit difficult if no peppers, mushroom. maybe roasted courgette or aubergine? (nice to have a warm bit in a winter salad), with orange segments or pomegrante seeds?

am v impressed at a starter before full xmas dinner

have you got a different starter for the meat eaters, is this just for the veggie? if just for one person ask them to bring it with them?

Thanks all smile

I could do melon, but tbh I can't stand it, and seeing as I'm having to cook I don't really feel inclined to do something I don't like.

Very strict veggie so no chance of sneaking a fish in under the radar - not that I would of course!

Tomato and mozaralla brushetta is a possibility as is a soup, but I'm struggling a bit for soup ideas that are 'special' enough but don't involve blue cheese or bacon

I'm vaguely considering something egg based as everyone likes eggs, but can't think of suitable dish

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 22:57:32

souffle? cheese & spinach?
eggs benedict?
salad with poached egg on top? cld add some sneaky bacon bits for the non veggies!

ja9 Wed 12-Dec-12 22:58:33

Hard boiled egg halved with wheaten bread or ian rankins soda bread, little garnish and drizzle of thousand island dressing. Very ’80s but very tasty...

X-post with fuckwittery. Yes might do poached eggs and asaparagus, although poached eggs are not my forte!

There is only the one veggie, but it's my sister and she would be very offended at being asked to bring her starter with her. I'm pretty sure she'd be offended at having a different starter to everyon else as well. Plus i'm not sure I can really face doing two seperate starters when I'm already doing two mains and possibly also two puddings (she won't eat christmas cake, Christmas pudding or cream).

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 22:59:00

nice soups for xmas

i think soup is good idea before xmas dinner, as you'll stuff yourself in the main course?

I'm hungry

Bessie123 Wed 12-Dec-12 23:00:51

Roast parsnip soup with garlic and veggie Parmesan?

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:00:56

although, if you are serving jerusalem artichoke soup, with sprouts with the dinner, beware:

I like the sound of that ja9. I'm finding it difficult to think of anything because really I want either pate, parma ham or figs stuffed with blue cheese (and wrapped in parma ham)

spicy parsnip soup - very seasonal

potato skins with sour cream/cheese - might go down well with kids too

second roasted veg salad - best with feta cheese though

tiny risotto

Oh God, I did a Jerusalem artichoke earlier this year. It was properly delicious, but the aftereffects were decidedly NOT!

a jerusalem artichoke dauphinoise. Not just an artichoke. That would be a bit mean"

I really fancy the parsnip soup but I was going to do parsnips and parmesan as one of the veg for the main and i'm worried it might all be a bit parsnippy

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:05:58

and, you can do the soup beforehand and just heat it up. Go on, make things easy!

or, can you not just do nibbles before dinner. cheese straws (nearly wrote cheese strings there), mozzarella & sun dried tomato on mini brushettas, maybe mini jacket potates (in a new potato) with butter & chives, with some smoked salmon for the others. put it all out beforehand, gives you some space whilst getting the dinner ready to serve?

ChippingInAWinterWonderland Wed 12-Dec-12 23:06:00

Do you really need to be fussing with a starter?

I don't eat eggs (and I'm veggie too - but I do eat cheese!!) but I would find a poached egg before a meal far too filling.

She would be ridiculous to have a different starter to everyone else - very childish.

How about pate - you could do the same for everyone or something 'normal' for the meat eaters and buy a specialty one for her (most of the supermarkets do them, esp at Christmas, it'll be a bit harder to find a non mushroom one though). Lots of recipes is you fancy making one to suit everyone.

She sounds like a PITA and that's nothing to do with being vegetarian!

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:09:38

Ha. I've accidentally chosen jerusalem artichoke starter thing for my work xmas dinner, with party to follow. I forgot about the after effects and am very prone to wind/easily disturbed stomach. I will be known as that farty veggie one from the 4th floor come Monday.

I think a double parsnip helping is OK at Xmas. Spicy parsnips quite different taste to parmasanny parsnips?

oooooh figs. can you all have figs in parma ham and just give your sister non-wrapped figs grin

She is a bit of a PITA tbh. She's very easily offended by imaginary slights, which is rather tiresome and insists on communicating through our mum who is also a bit of a stirrer

I may go with the cheese strings and sod it grin

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:12:22

grin you'll just have to hope other people do more outrageous things so your farting can go unnoticed

Oh, that fig and halloumi salad looks fab, as does the crostini. DH has just suggested scotch quails eggs which also sound good and I could do veggie and smoked salmon ones. The fig looks a lot less work though!

Right off to bed now, thanks very much for all the ideas

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:19:38

Jesus missed this

won't eat christmas cake, Christmas pudding or cream shock

what does she suggest you make for her? You should ask, all concerned, and then profess how badly you do X dish, and how she is an amazing cook and it would be so nice if she could show you how it should be done by bringing it with her......

OpheliaBumps Wed 12-Dec-12 23:21:41

Fig with mozzarella is lovely, add parma ham for the non-veggies.

Or aspapragus with hollandaise if poached eggs are too tricky for a large number of guests?

Thing is, she'll just say, oh don't worry about me and then sit there looking all sad while we trough big hunks of meat grin. I am willing to put up with it, but my mum frets

Doesn't like dried fruit. Or cream <sigh>. I want to do Nige's passion fruit pavlova thingy, but I might do it anywya and 'forget' about the cream

willowstar Wed 12-Dec-12 23:28:01

haven't read the whole thread but just to point out parmesan isn't veggie...

I am vegetarian and don't mind at all if starter is different. I don't expect people to cater for me much at all, people have enough on without having to faf around with extra food for me, especially at christmas there is always enough trimmings to keep me going. just saying your sister sounds a bit fussy.

LRDtheFeministDude Wed 12-Dec-12 23:38:50

This thread is making me hungry (mainly because, unlike your sister, I will eat anything). And you sound like an utter saint.

If you did decide to go with soups, can you gussy them up with stuff like crispy fried sage leaves (very yummy with parsnip or pumpkin soups) or toasted hazelnuts (again very yummy with parsnip). I know what you mean about soup being a bit difficult to make special - my go-to garnishes are bacon and cream (there's a reason for the spare tyre ...).

I love the sound of the figs though.

OpheliaBumps Wed 12-Dec-12 23:40:02

You could do the pavlova and serve hers with ice cream instead? Or pav is lovely on its own anyway.

fuckwittery Wed 12-Dec-12 23:40:10

I want to come to your house pushmepullme. I would be the most grateful veggie guest ever. My step dad cooks, refuses to allow access to the oven space to put in the pre-prepared veggie dinner which I bring with me, once everyone else's is served I can enter kitchen. Everyone eats as mine is still cooking and then clearing up is my job (as step dad did all the cooking, of course). My mum stresses if a piece of washing up is left undone for a second, likes to micro manage from her wheelchair so I literally wolf my food and run to put the rubber gloves on before my mum starts nagging. I do not sit down again until the oven is cleaned!

Bessie123 Thu 13-Dec-12 00:03:48

Remember that normal Parmesan is not vegetarian - it has calf stomach in it. You can buy vegetarian 'Italian style cheese' in supermarkets

Selks Thu 13-Dec-12 07:30:54

I did a black olive tapenade and a Stilton port and walnut pâté as my veggie starters last year. Plated up as two little pots of each per plate with home made Melba toasts and a baby leaf garnish. Went down very well. The meat eaters had a similar plate of two little pots of pâté (the Stilton one and a venison and juniper one) so it all looked the same.

Oh that sounds lovely selks, do you have a recipe?

DreamingOfTheMaldives Thu 13-Dec-12 16:06:35

There is a cauliflower cheese coup on BBCGoodFood website which is yummy. I grate the cheese and stir it in rather than cubes. You could add some crispy bacon on top for the omnivores and some nice croutons for the veggie.

I can't believe some posters suggested not having a starter on Christmas Day - the full 3 courses is compulsory on Christmas Day or maybe my family are just piglets

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 13-Dec-12 18:25:05

If eggs might be a go-er, but you're not mad enough to do poached as you're trying to do Xmas dinner, what about baked eggs/eggs en cocotte? Seems special ish but not faffy.

Basically an egg, some wilted spinach (or not), a dob of cream/creme fraiche, and some italian hard cheese (sainsbos basics pretendy parmesan is veggie and ok).

Nellycats Thu 13-Dec-12 21:14:04

Crumble feta cheese and mix with egg and chopped dill. Wrap inside oiled fylo pastry I to triangles. Bake or fry. Eat and rejoice!

Nellycats Thu 13-Dec-12 21:17:13

You can ignore the blue cheese and ricotta in the previous recipe and just stick with 200gr feta, cup of grated cheddar, chopped dill or parsley or mint. Watch this for wrapping instruction, it's a lot easier than you may think...

Selks Thu 13-Dec-12 21:41:16

Black olive tapenade

Stilton, port and walnut pate
For the stilton pate I crushed the walnuts up into little bits rather than bigger ones, and I think I added a little more port than the recipe suggested grin

The beauty of these recipes is that they can be made a couple of days in advance and refrigerated; just get out and leave on the kitchen side an hour or so before the meal to bring to room temperature.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Thu 13-Dec-12 21:42:57

asparagus soup

Startail Thu 13-Dec-12 21:46:15

DD1 does feta fillo triangles they are yummy.

I was going to suggest samosas, falafel, spring rolls, humous or similar instead of paté. M&S do some really nice posh ones.

Vegi refusing DD2 will eat spring rolls.

BestIsWest Thu 13-Dec-12 21:49:52

Jerusalem fartichoke soup for the veggies in our house. The after effects are no worse than those from sprouts and stuffing.

MarshmallowFarm Thu 13-Dec-12 21:52:31

brie and cranberry crostini on a small bed of salad leaves with a nice balsamic dressing (and maybe a few toasted walnuts?), easy peasy and v. festive.

Basically get a not-too-fresh baguette, slice into thin-ish slices, toast v, lightly on one side, then smear with cranberry and add a slice of brie on top, nuke under grill until just beginning to melt / bubble. Yummy.

MarshmallowFarm Thu 13-Dec-12 21:53:37

sorry just realised she doesn't do brie! back to drawing board ...

Honestly, just do the figs, cheese and Parma ham. Give your sister figs and melon. She'd be incredibly unreasonable to kick up a fuss.

My sister is irritatingly fussy and goes in a huff over any little thing (or actually throws a tantrum!). I reached the point a few years ago where I just won't pander to it any more, no matter how much she complains to my mum. It's amazing how much more reasonable she's becomes since I stopped putting up with shit. It does help that I don't have to invite her for Christmas dinner though.

Bessie123 Thu 13-Dec-12 22:15:04

arbitrary glad I'm not coming to yours for Christmas. She's your ds fgs

You haven't met my sister! You wouldn't be pandering to her either.

sandripples Sat 15-Dec-12 18:54:37

We are a family with several veggies. I always make (a fortnight or so in advance and freeze it) watercress soup, and just give everyone a very small cupful as a starter (old-fashioned dinner coffee cups). A blob of sour cream and a few chopped chives on top. To my surprise even my teenage DS liked this when I first made this and now its become our traditional starter. Very easy.

Why not bake a Camembert or two and serve with crudités? Carrots, sliced peppers, cucumber etc., nice and fresh in advance of a heavy main course. It's what we're having. Or same idea but with hummus and tzatziki. Keep it simple.

Takver Sun 16-Dec-12 17:39:47

Selks, do you think the port/walnut/stilton pate would go with melon?

And do you think you could make it also with goats cheese? (DH can't eat cow dairy - I'd do cow for most of us, goat for him.)

Thanks to all for helpful thread!

Selks Sun 16-Dec-12 18:00:59

Might be a bit taste overload with melon, I don't know.

Could probably do it with goats cheese; would be different but could be very good. Goats cheese and walnuts go together well.

These are all lovely. I will definitely be making the pate for me grin. I am going to choose tonight smile

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