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vote -which starter shall I do ?

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ggirl Wed 08-Jul-15 23:24:07

dinner for 8
dh doing some fish dish for main
strawberry cheesecake for dessert

starter up to me ( not great in kitchen but can manage something that can be done ahead of time)

1. prawn cocktail -go retro ???

2. anti pasta/mezzo platters

3.your suggestions

Blondie1984 Wed 08-Jul-15 23:29:37

I would go antipasti as otherwise it is two fish courses and two courses with a creamy content (Marie Rose sauce and cheesecake)

tootiredtothink Wed 08-Jul-15 23:32:15

Antipasta gets my vote.

FeelingSmurfy Wed 08-Jul-15 23:34:08


Serve them in middle of table and let people help themselves, I find this gets people talking and starts a good atmosphere "please pass the X...have you tried that Y its really you want some z..." Its basic but it breaks the ice and the silence and people feel more comfortable

badRoly Wed 08-Jul-15 23:35:05

I would go prawn cocktail but only because it's one of my favourite starters grin

ggirl Wed 08-Jul-15 23:38:23

not really sure how to do a good antipasto starter either confused
need to do some googling

nbee84 Wed 08-Jul-15 23:42:22

I got some ideas for an antipasto starter on pinterest. The most popular dish on mine was the roast asparagus wrapped in parma ham.

ggirl Wed 08-Jul-15 23:44:34

thanks nbee

Dontlaugh Wed 08-Jul-15 23:47:57

I'm obsessed with a mango, chilli, crabmeat concoction, wrapped in lettuce, which I've posted on here about before. Drizzled with chilli sauce.
Can be made ahead of time, low carb. Yummy.

FadedRed Wed 08-Jul-15 23:51:04

Another vote for Antipasti, served as Smurfy suggests.

FadedRed Wed 08-Jul-15 23:53:07

Antipasto, not some campaign against Italian/Cornish pastry comestibles! grin

AlpacaMyBags Wed 08-Jul-15 23:56:17

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elephantoverthehill Thu 09-Jul-15 00:02:29

Make it simple. Parma ham and melon (on offer at tesco at the mo) and tomatoes, mozzarella and basil with vinagrette. Loads of crusty bread.

Canyouforgiveher Thu 09-Jul-15 00:04:09

I'd do the antipasto platter too. you could serve while having a drink before sitting at the table too. What I do usually is:

Slice a french loaf, brush each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with a tiny bit of salt. Put in a low oven until golden and crisp. (can do this a day ahead - store in airtight container)

Slice a ciabatta loaf so have one basket of the crisp bread and one of fresh

Bowls of olives/jarred roasted peppers/tapanade

Sliced prosciutto/parma ham/salami

Small sliced baby tomatoes and mozzarella in a bowl

White bean dip (canned cannelloni beans mashed up with garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and a few red pepper flakes)

most of this requires no actual cooking and can be prepped and ready to go.

FawnDrench Thu 09-Jul-15 14:06:19

Some tasty and not too difficult ideas here

smellsofsick Thu 09-Jul-15 14:13:56

Dontlaugh- can you link to your crabmeat concoction or post it; sounds amazing!

ggirl Thu 09-Jul-15 17:50:19

Fawn -great link thanks
I'm doing the asparagus as well as anti pasto platter

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