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Starters for Christmas

  • 17-12-2019 9:23am
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    Registered Users Posts: 4,673 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    What are you doing for starters? I would like to rob your ideas.


    I am thinking maybe something light like a crab salad with lettuce cups just so it doesn’t fill up too much. I was going to have scallops and chorizo but would rather something that I can prepare a bit in advance or would be cold so I am not cooking it at the same time as the dinner.


    Any suggestions, what do you usually have. Something very tasty but easy...
    This is my first time in my life that I have cooked Christmas dinner, which at my age is a bit ridiculous.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 81 ✭✭ Bombaby1974


    We usually do a bit of a seafood free for all. Some crab meat, a few tempura prawns, bit of prawn cocktail and some scallops. All with a bit of salad and some brown bread for those who want it.
    Normally spread out the starter and main to give a little time for crackers and so the chef (me) isn't under too much pressure to get stuff on the table.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,016 ✭✭✭✭ The Nal


    Lobster tails with thermidor butter.

    Basically this recipe but with frozen lobster tails from Lidl. Easy.

    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/lobster-thermidor-butter


    Arancini also great and easy. Make ahead and just drop into a fryer for 5 mins and serve. Put whatever you want in there. Pistachios are nice, peas, blue cheese etc.

    http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/13416/arancini--risotto-balls-.aspx


    Crab cakes also nice and easy and just take a few mins to cook.


  • Registered Users Posts: 610 ✭✭✭ JustMe,K


    Always soup or salad.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭ CheerLouth


    Melon or pate for the non fish eaters; prawn cocktail for the fish eaters

    No pate for me this year :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 282 ✭✭ parttime


    Ham hock terrine. Can do it 2 days early, slice and serve!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,707 ✭✭✭✭ denartha


    Im doing prawn cocktail this year. So quick and easy.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,201 ✭✭✭ Mollyb60


    My mum usually does chicken & mushroom vol au vents. I'll be having mini Christmas on Saturday and doing brie and cranberry tarts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10 ✭✭✭ Staystrong32


    This year we decided to do just prawn cocktails with lemon. Classic


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭ phormium


    Always prawn and salmon cocktail here and some pate for the couple of non fish eaters. All prepared beforehand so just assembly needed, not very exciting but a tradition at this stage in this house.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,848 ✭✭✭ CoBo55


    I just leave it ticking over outside...


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,036 ✭✭✭ SusieBlue


    I'll be doing a sweet potato and chorizo soup, I think. Was tempted to scrap the starter this year in favour of doing party food in the evening instead (chicken wings, sausage rolls, mozzerella sticks, vol-au-vents, onion rings etc) but I was met great resistence by the family.

    I didn't think they'd be able to put away a 3 course Christas dinner, cheese board and all that finger food but they've assured me they're up to the task :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,673 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    Thanks, loads of lovely ideas there. I like the mixed seafood or the lobster.. sounds perfect.


  • Hosted Moderators Posts: 22,600 ✭✭✭✭ beertons


    CheerLouth wrote: »
    Melon or pate for the non fish eaters; prawn cocktail for the fish eaters

    No pate for me this year :(

    Congratulations


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,673 ✭✭✭ jam_mac_jam


    beertons wrote: »
    Congratulations

    I didn't get that at all. Can you not eat pate when you are pregnant?


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 391 ✭✭ Professor Genius


    Foie gras on thin toasted broiche bread with raisin chutney.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,888 SozBbz


    Did crab salad last year, bought crabmeat in aldi and added mayo, lemon and some spices at home, served with lettuce etc.

    also had smoked salmon, served as is with lemon to taste.

    nice bread options, bought a nice brown bread and a sourdough from an artisan bakery -worth it.

    Avocado salad for our resident vegetarian.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,060 ✭✭✭ whomitconcerns


    Pate with Melba toast and a winter berry coulis or caramelised onion chutney. 🤘


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,888 SozBbz


    Pate with Melba toast and a winter berry coulis or caramelised onion chutney. 🤘

    oh yes, good point, I'd always have the fridge stocked wtih pate and nice cheeses etc (+nice crackers and chutneys) for picking at any time.

    I think they key is something simple that can be served cold. Christmas cooking is enough wtihout having to worry about a hot starter. Keep it simple.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭ CheerLouth


    I didn't get that at all. Can you not eat pate when you are pregnant?

    Nope, too much vitamin A in it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,707 ✭✭✭ phormium


    I like the old Cumberland sauce with the pate, bought the redcurrant jelly today to make some, good with the ham too.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,006 ✭✭✭ akelly02


    No starters in my house , posh feckers the lot of ye


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    Same here. Homemade soup sometimes. But we all be starving for dinner because we have it in the evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,888 SozBbz


    Postgrad10 wrote: »
    Same here. Homemade soup sometimes. But we all be starving for dinner because we have it in the evening.

    Yeah to be fair the line between meals gets a bit blurred on Christmas day.

    Lie in, late breakfast and then out with the dog.

    Then "starters" around 2-3pm wiht the main probably not served til 5pm or thereabouts. Then Christmas pudding around 9 :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    9/10ish we’d get up and have our normal breakfast. Snacking the rest of the day on fruit until dinner at 6pm. I’d love to have it earlier but there’s no changing them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,227 ✭✭✭ Loveinapril


    CheerLouth wrote: »
    No pate for me this year :(

    I was the same last year, I was afraid it would be a give away as I LOVE pate. The food is the only thing I like about christmas. We always go to my in laws, so i am making the pate this year, maybe goats cheese tartlets with caramalised red onion and last year I did Scotch eggs for the kids but were appreciated by the adults at supper time!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,687 ✭✭✭ SlipperyPeople


    we do a version of this https://www.lecreuset.co.za/recipes/potted-shrimp-au-gratin/

    Lovely, spicy, not hugely christmassy but it's class. only at christmas for some reason too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,992 ✭✭✭ CheerLouth


    Postgrad10 wrote: »
    9/10ish we’d get up and have our normal breakfast. Snacking the rest of the day on fruit until dinner at 6pm. I’d love to have it earlier but there’s no changing them.

    I think I would actually die if someone didn't let me have my Christmas dinner until 6pm :P I do be starving from about 11am on Christmas Day & just about manage to hold out until about 3ish.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,201 ✭✭✭ Mollyb60


    Yeah we don't have a big breakfast at all so our Christmas Dinner is at 1pm. There would be slaps thrown if anyone suggested a 6pm dinner. That's usually the time when the whole extended family comes into ours for drinks and games. We spend the afternoon making sammiches for them all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,792 Postgrad10


    CheerLouth wrote: »
    I think I would actually die if someone didn't let me have my Christmas dinner until 6pm :P I do be starving from about 11am on Christmas Day & just about manage to hold out until about 3ish.

    It encourages unhealthy snacking too.


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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 26,589 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Posy


    Postgrad10 wrote: »
    It encourages unhealthy snacking too.
    There's always a positive. :D


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