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Ideas for starter for Christmas Day lunch

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TheIckabog Fri 25-Sep-20 09:56:55

DSis and I are hosting Christmas lunch this year. My mum has always hosted and without fail has done either prawn cocktail and smoked salmon or mini ‘fish pie’ served in a scallop shell as a starter so this year we’d like a change!

What do you do for starters? Ideally we need something that could be made ahead, something suitable for a vegetarian (or can be adapted for a veggie) and also suitable for a 95-year-old!

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BrieAndChilli Fri 25-Sep-20 10:04:53

Last year I did little pick and mix starters

So I did prawn cocktails in shot glasses with brown bread stars

Garlic dough baubles

Brie and cranberry filo crackers

BrieAndChilli Fri 25-Sep-20 10:05:46

In the past I’ve done pate and melba toast, soup and par baked rolls, garlic mushrooms,

4forkssake Fri 25-Sep-20 10:07:38

We don't have a starter but we have a few nibbles with a glass of bubbly instead. Usually just M&S style canapés. Nice & easy & you can get a variety for everyone.

If you're after a proper starter, maybe soup (broccoli & Stilton or something with chestnuts), pate, twice baked soufflé. Can all be made in advance
&/or frozen.

Mintjulia Fri 25-Sep-20 10:08:41

A really good soup, with some sort of speciality bread?

Or quails eggs served with home made mayonnaise in a "nest" of rocket or mustard & cress. If the eggs and still slightly warm, this can be fabulous

Or aubergine rolls, stuffed with breadcrumbs. chees, olives & herbs.

WaxOnFeckOff Fri 25-Sep-20 12:55:41

If you want to stay fishy you could do a mackerel pate?
Garlic or boozy mushrooms
Soup as already suggested is generally a winner
Some kind of salad ?
A cheese and something tartlet

Redwinestillfine Fri 25-Sep-20 12:56:59

Canapes and fizz. Full on starter is too much imo.

princessbear80 Fri 25-Sep-20 12:57:31

Cream of celeriac soup - delicious!

SpaceOP Fri 25-Sep-20 12:59:02

I don't like soup as a starter at christmas because I find it too filling.

Pate is a great choice and you could offer a vegetarian and a meat one. that's usually my preference if I do a starter.

Baked cheese - camembert etc - is nice too but again, maybe manage portions as it's' rich and then there's still the rest of the food. Also a bit harder to prepare in advance.

Small tomato tarts with some rocket and balsamic?

Strawberrypancakes Fri 25-Sep-20 12:59:58

We have crab and prawns, with prawn and melon for the kids.

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Fri 25-Sep-20 13:01:17

Breaded cheese and cranberry jelly, soup (vegetarian) with nice baked bread, pate and toast (plenty of veggie and non veggie choices, and you can even buy the toast ready).

Fruitloopcowabunga Fri 25-Sep-20 13:02:23

parma ham and melon (or smoked salmon and melon) - has to be really light before the main event

Spreadingcomfrey Fri 25-Sep-20 13:05:53

Op if you ate hosting, you can do it how you like, never mind what your mil does, as long as no one has allergies or anything!

If you are doing a full on Christmas dinner with all the trimmings; I agree with PPS that you really don't think you need a proper starter. I'd also go with a glass of champagne and some home made canapes. There's a vast selection here

WaxOnFeckOff Fri 25-Sep-20 13:12:18

We tend to not bother with a starter at all but Christmas dinner is usually just the 4 of us, it will be 3 this year if DS isn't allowed home from Uni.

Our routine when DSs were small was yoghurt drink and piece of fruit while upstairs opening stockings - breakfasty lunch thing depending on what time they'd got up, so something like french toast or rolls with bacon. If they were up really early then they'd have either a bowl of cereal or a breakfast pastry with milk and a lighter "brunch". We'd have dinner at 3ish, just a massive main, and then dessert later when watching a movie.

Now we are all adults, it's usually bucks fizz and croissants, walk to pub, have a couple and then walk back, have big main course and dessert later watching a movie.

Sometimes I'll make soup (turkey broth) and we'll have that before the pub.

So, I say ditch the starter grin

Spreadingcomfrey Fri 25-Sep-20 13:12:42

More veggie ideas here

AdaColeman Fri 25-Sep-20 13:13:35

Pâté with toast, a layered three coloured vegetable pâté for the vegetarians, (or for everyone). Can be plated up beforehand and looks very interesting.

Parma ham and figs or melon on salad leaves, or goats cheese on toast with salad.

Asparagus or avocado vinaigrette.

Waldorf salad with flaked smoked mackerel to trout. (Only if you have no serious wine drinkers, as mackerel can give a very metallic taste to wine.)

Personally, I wouldn't do soup, as soup and bread is quite filling, and you have all the faff of serving something hot to several people all at the same time.

KitKat1985 Fri 25-Sep-20 13:15:23

A little baked camembert each with some fresh bread and cranberry sauce. So yummy.

Stompythedinosaur Fri 25-Sep-20 14:32:42

We do baked camembert, mainly because it is quick and everyone can eat it.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Fri 25-Sep-20 14:56:02

Small mushrooms, take the stalk out , fill the cavity with Garlic&Herb Philly , dip in egg/breadcrumbs
Can be kept chilled till needed then deep fry .

VirginiaWolverine Fri 25-Sep-20 15:05:35

I'd keep things light with a blood orange, fennel and walnut salad, or else have smoked salmon and Anna Jones' smokey carrots with rye bread.

VirginiaWolverine Fri 25-Sep-20 15:07:22

What I actually do is have vast quantities of canapés at noon and then the actual meal with no starter a couple of hours later.

Wherearefoxssocks Fri 25-Sep-20 20:22:36

Not soup. Too heavy.
I like pate with melba toast (cut into Christmas trees)
Or an antipasti board (handy for getting the main out hot!)
Or sweet chilli prawns

Wherearefoxssocks Fri 25-Sep-20 20:23:29

Ooh or baked camembert with crusty bread and cranberry sauce

BrieAndChilli Fri 25-Sep-20 20:26:06

We have our starter about an hour before the main!!

PotteringAlong Fri 25-Sep-20 20:26:36

I do pate and melba toast, and some little cranberry and Brie filo parcels

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