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Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 3rd, 2018, 1:06 pm

It is that time of year again. The group of friends who get together after the local winery open doors weekend to start off our festive "fun". We draw lots to decide who will get which course and who will bring the wine etc.

This year it is on December 2nd and I have drawn the starter. We will be 10, possibly 12. amongst I doesn't eat any fish and 2 don't eat shell fish. 2 don't eat cheese, one won't eat fruit or mushrooms and one has ethical problems with foie gras.

I suppose soup would be the way out but I fancy being a bit more creative and I really don't want to make 2 different dishes, but feel I might have to.

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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby suffolk » November 3rd, 2018, 1:13 pm

What about some little savoury tartlets? It wouldn't be too complicated to do several different fillings and then you could please all of the people all of the time ;)

Some of the diners could even have a little salad with theirs.
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 3rd, 2018, 1:31 pm

That's a good idea as long as the person i/c dessert doesn't do a tart - she usually does. I'll check. Salad is always served with the cheese course.
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Seatallan » November 3rd, 2018, 2:59 pm

A pate possibly? Chicken liver?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby earthmaiden » November 3rd, 2018, 3:18 pm

I was thinking pate or terrine too.
If asparagus was in season you could have it wrapped in Parma ham. I'm sure there are other things people wrap in it but I can't think what. Chicory would be too big for a starter.

Crispy duck pancakes?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 3rd, 2018, 4:10 pm

These meaty little crostini look quite nice.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/820 ... nd-pistach

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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby WWordsworth » November 3rd, 2018, 9:50 pm

I had a blast from the past recently.
Decades ago we used to make Delia's veg fritters with red pepper sauce, we loved them.
How about a mini version?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby WWordsworth » November 3rd, 2018, 9:51 pm

Mini Scotch eggs?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby scullion » November 4th, 2018, 1:36 am

eggs mayonaise or small frittata?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Zosherooney » November 4th, 2018, 7:37 am

Arancini ?

Batons of veg and dips in individual bowls ?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 4th, 2018, 10:19 am

I had thought about pate but the starter provider last year took pate, although she had bought it from the butcher :evil: I sometimes make a timbale of chicken liver parfait made in little ramekins lined with cured ham. They look rather attractive when turned out.

I'm afraid I can't be making anything which means last minutes frying or cooking. Unless it's just soup to reheat.

I also wondered about stuffed eggs. If I did egg mayo I would have to use bought mayo as two of the guests have compromised immune systems.
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby suffolk » November 4th, 2018, 10:24 am

Ratatouille wrote:If I did egg mayo I would have to use bought mayo as two of the guests have compromised immune systems.


But you can add stuff to it ... mustard, herbs etc to give it a bit of a zing :chops:
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby earthmaiden » November 4th, 2018, 12:30 pm

Chicken liver parfait :chops:
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 5th, 2018, 2:20 pm

I was considering Zosh's suggestion of crudities and dips. I'm afraid that would not be considered an entree in these parts. Apperos in the summer perhaps :lol: :lol: :lol:

At Mannu's yesterday we had an amuse bouche which might work as an extend to an entree, It was a chestnut veloute topped with crispy bacon shards. Before that he served divie Parmesan sables with piment d'Espelette. I already have both recipes from him and I am wondering if combining the two might make a quite different and seasonal starter.

Any oppinions folks?
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby WWordsworth » November 5th, 2018, 6:44 pm

Parmesan and bacon is fine but parmesan and chestnut is something I have never tried.
I would test it on Mr R :)
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 5th, 2018, 7:33 pm

We tested it yesterday at Mannu's

I rang him to have a chat this afternoon. as usual he was so helpful. He suggested my line of thinking was sound but adding some fresh truffle shavings, I wondered if i could get trufffles so early in the season but he said he could get some for me. He even offered to lend me some plates/dishes, I can cope with that

I am thinking I might have cracked it.

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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby earthmaiden » November 5th, 2018, 8:42 pm

It sounds perfect! It does sound an unusual combination but very nice.
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Amber » November 5th, 2018, 11:31 pm

How about two roulades? Arranged very artistically. I usually use cream cheese, but...

A green one - with chopped spinach in the egg mix, and spread with fried green pepper, yoghurt, and watercress.

A red one - with tom purée in the egg mix, and spread with fried red pepper, toms, yoghurt and hot chilli sauce.

With fresh Parmesan on the side for those that ‘do’. :D
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Ratatouille » November 6th, 2018, 9:47 am

I've got to serve whatever it is plated. Hot chilli sauce would not go down well with the French contingent. They seem genetically unable to deal with anything spicier than mild curry powder.
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Seatallan » November 6th, 2018, 1:23 pm

Ratatouille wrote:Anyone want to sign up?


Oh yes please! That sounds exactly spot on to me. :chops:
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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby miss mouse » November 6th, 2018, 3:48 pm

Seatallan wrote:Oh yes please! That sounds exactly spot on to me.


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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby suffolk » November 6th, 2018, 4:02 pm

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Re: Starter to suit several tastes

Postby Catherine » November 9th, 2018, 1:13 am

How about piedmond peppers. Just leave out the anchovy for the fish haters

https://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/col ... ed-peppers
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