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spingly · 17/12/2019 23:37

We have a lot for Christmas dinner .... which is fine but what would you suggest for starters?

I want a prepare ahead I thought of making chicken liver pate .. or "retro" prawn cocktail .... or mozzarella and tomato salad.

Any other ideas please?

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Notimeforaname · 17/12/2019 23:43

Caprese salad, all the way. Yum


OddshoesOddsocks · 17/12/2019 23:46

We’re having brie and cranberry filo parcels.

I was aiming for small as dds will fill up on bread for soup and I’m pregnant so pate is out (sob!).
Dd2 had a meltdown a few xmasses ago (then aged 2) when presented with melon after being asked to sit for ‘dinner’, we darent risk it again Xmas Grin


Notimeforaname · 17/12/2019 23:49

Recently a friend made a 'festive salad' of Spinach, apple, cheddar and smoked almonds. Simple but beautiful


goose1964 · 17/12/2019 23:51

Not so much as make ahead as literally under 5 minutes,crush garlic cloves slit a chilli add to olive oil in a frying pan and cook for a minute then chuck in prawns and heat through. Done.


SnorkMaiden81 · 17/12/2019 23:53

You're asking this question like there's any option other than:

A- Prawn cocktail in a fancy glass with bread triangles.
B- Melon Boat with a maraschino cherry on a stick.

Get a hold of yourself, woman!


Thehagonthehillwithtinsel · 17/12/2019 23:56

Smoked mackerel pate with Melba toast.
Light,tasty,easy to make ahead.
Problem is since I've started doing this I can not think of a nicer alternative.


minipie · 17/12/2019 23:56

Sausage rolls and/or smoked salmon on bread/blinis.

Not so much a starter more nibbles handed round mid morning while
lunch is being prepped. Lunch is far too huge to need a starter.


OlaEliza · 17/12/2019 23:58

I think we are going to have posh prawn cocktail. It will have lobster in it.


GhoulWithADragonTattoo · 18/12/2019 00:00

We usually have smoked salmon with a side salad with capers. Very simple but tasty.


MollysMummy2010 · 18/12/2019 00:02

Ooh I would love Pate or prawn cocktail thank you! See you about 4??


BuffaloCauliflower · 18/12/2019 00:03

Never have a starter on Christmas Day, you’re wasting proper Christmas lunch space!


Longdistance · 18/12/2019 00:05

Brie in breadcrumbs deep fried with cranberry sauce on the side would be my ideal starter, but ever year my guests just want the main and Christmas pudding.


MollysMummy2010 · 18/12/2019 00:06

Don’t know why your pate got so proud it capitalised itself.....better be good. So 4 works for you?


anxioussue · 18/12/2019 00:07



BillieEilish · 18/12/2019 00:08

I'm thinking olive artichokes on toastie things.

But not sure


MollysMummy2010 · 18/12/2019 00:09

Seriously, I don’t do starter as I can’t eat the main meal unless there is a gap in between. That may be be because I am full of Prosecco though. Do your guests expect three courses?


Gibbonsgibbonsgibbons · 18/12/2019 00:11

Does chocolate not count Xmas Shock


greenlynx · 18/12/2019 00:19

We usually do smoked salmon with homemade bread and green salad. I personally don’t like starter on Christmas Day, it’s too much for me but others like smoked salmon so I guess it’s a tradition now. We buy salmon from a different place every year so it works as a conversation starter as well. Smile


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NewtonPulsifer · 18/12/2019 00:35

I start with a satsuma and a selection box. Seriously though, no room for a starter as it is all about the giant roast in our house.


Celticrose · 18/12/2019 00:37

The last few years I just do party bites. Brie and cranberry parcels M&S.
Plus some of the new ones on crumpets which are expensive at £7 but got some marked down and they are now in the freezer. Might get some garlic mushrooms (for mum) I serve them about 1 to 1 1/2 hours before the meal. Just have to heat up in oven and serve on fancy Christmas paper plates. Keeps everyone going until dinner is served


BeanTownNancy · 18/12/2019 00:47

@SnorkMaiden81 - THANK YOU! A voice of reason!


tillytrotter1 · 18/12/2019 00:49

No starter at the table but a selection of nibbly things with drinks beforehand, whatever's on 3 for 2 somewhere, chicken bits and tiny soup pots. Means that the children don't have to sit for a longish meal.


nowaypose · 18/12/2019 00:50

Nothing because the main and dessert are so hefty. We don’t even eat lunch on Christmas Day because the dinner is so heavy and breakfast is too. I did try a starter a couple of times but it fell flat so I don’t bother now, the main is the most important part.

Prawn cocktail is so bad Grin.


81Byerley · 18/12/2019 00:56

I'm another one saying no starter! Gimme the dinner!

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