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Ideas for Christmas Day Starters

Posted by Marnie 
Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 14, 2016 12:02AM
I'm thinking about what to serve as starters for Christmas day.
There will be about 28 people, including children; some are teens, with ravenous appetites. The eating part of the day will be spread out.
The oven will be in use for the mains so i intend taking finger food type of things that are cold, look attractive, are enjoyable and reasonably quick to prepare or can be prepared ahead. Ideas that include fruits and vegetables would be a welcome addition.
I don't want to fill them up so they don't enjoy the rest of the delicious meal
Thanks for sharing any ideas.
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 14, 2016 12:46AM
Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) can be prepared ahead by several days, are best at room temperature, are vegan, and although fairly time consuming to make are extremely cheap. I always find that they are very popular even with people who have never heard of them before.
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 14, 2016 02:39AM
Gravalax is always lovely and on our Xmas table every year

From a veg perspective if you take Lebanese cucumbers and peel in sections, and then slice them into rings about 1/2 inch thick. They can be topped with a herbed cream cheese or hummus (can use a piping bag to make them pretty), and top with half a cherry tomato for a bit of a Xmas look. You don't have to worry about crackers going soggy, using cucumber as your base
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 14, 2016 05:18AM
Rice paper rolls (with pork or prawns or chicken or vegetarian)


We always seem to end up with a cheese platter or breads and dips (but these are useful for hungry teenagers)
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 14, 2016 01:50PM
These little veo frittatas might be yum at room temp Marnie, and perhaps to cut down on the work, make it in a slice tin rather than individual muffin size. And you could probably make them the day before.
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Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 15, 2016 07:05AM
Thanks for those wonderful ideas, TPANDAV, Irene, Cheese Lover and Heather F. thumbs up
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 15, 2016 09:28PM
My Dad always makes a massive seafood platter with Prawns, Mussells, Salmon, crackers, bread - always looks amazing and fresh and summery.
Other starters we have are Pigs in blankets (breakfast sausages wrapped in bacon) from the English man
Fruits - watermelon, grapes, nuts, and cheeses
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 16, 2016 08:01AM
IngridO I like the sound of your father's seafood platter,does he include a dipping sauce or a dressing of some kind?
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 17, 2016 06:11AM
IngridO, thanks for that idea, always a winner. As with Marylew, I would also like to know if he had a special dressing/dip.
An English friend mentioned pigs in blankets a few days ago, the Canadian friend with us had never heard of them. I love the names of some of the food.
Re: Ideas for Christmas Day Starters
December 20, 2016 05:39AM
Xmas cheese logs, you can make them as a Xmas tree or even a pinecone, they look great and liked by all due to the cream cheese factor.
Mini sausages wrapped in bacon is always a winner at ours as is BBQ mussels. One year I did them with an an amazing thai red curry sauce, delicious.
Fruit/cheese sticks, retro but easy colourful finger food. Half a strawberry, a slice of banana and a grape looks just like a Santa, fun for the littlies.

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Above is a great looking cheesey Xmas tree.

Vanessa
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