Christmas dinner is one of the foodie highlights of the year. For me, it’s not necessarily the food which makes it special, it’s sitting down with the family, sharing a meal and enjoying the occasion. Whilst the main course on Christmas Day is more or less fixed, the Christmas Day Starters are a movable feast.
It can be difficult to decide what to make for your Christmas Day starter, but ideally it should be something you can make ahead of time, or something you can quickly cook before serving.
Our family always has soup as a Christmas Day starter. This year I’ll be serving my luxurious cauliflower and chestnut soup which is a grand way to start off the festive feasting. Plus, it’s so easy to make ahead and freeze. All you need to do is warm it through and serve with some crusty bread. Happy families!
Christmas Day Starters
Pâté, meat or veggie – served with melba toast. It’s a Christmas Day classic!
Goats cheese caramelised onion tarts
Mini Yorkshire puddings with creamy smoked trout and horseradish pâté
Crab and avocado tian with lovely thin Melba toast and good butter
Soup – make your own or jazz up a tub of shop bought. It’s a simple starter and a crowd pleaser!
Stuffed mushrooms wrapped in Parma ham
Prawn cocktail – a 70’s classic which will never go out of fashion.
Scallops, pea puree and black pudding
Parma Ham and melon
Smoked salmon blinies with cream cheese
Pan fried mushrooms on ciabatta with a Stilton sauce
Antipasti – Olives, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella balls and cured meats
Oysters – a simple classic
Pear and mozzarella wrapped in Parma ham
Mini baked Camemberts with bread and celery to dip – super quick and easy
Figs with mozzarella
Potted shrimp and crusty bread
What are your favourite Christmas Day starters? Let me know in the comments below.