Appetizers, a roast in the oven with garnish and all the sweets that accompany Christmas. Meals at this time of year are synonymous with excess and try to balance them with a healthy starter may be an ideal choice.
We’re not talking about making a classic zucchini cream like you would for a light dinner, but rather spoon dishes taken to the next level and which are certainly very Christmasy dishes.
The creams in this type of celebration have an extra that convinces us even more: we can prepare them in advance and avoid being in the kitchen at the last minute and not being able to enjoy our guests. We give you fifteen options for this year a cream as a starter at Christmas and leave everyone with their mouths open.
Original vegetable creams to make as a starter at Christmas
Saffron Cauliflower Cream
You don’t need more than a good saffron to take this dish to another level. This cream of cauliflower is original and has the advantage that it freezes very well, so what’s left over, we can save for a light dinner we make another day.
Mushroom and Chestnut Cream
Chestnuts are an autumn product par excellence, and have always been part of the imagination of these dates and together with the mushrooms we will have a spectacular result. This creamy, unctuous and very easy to prepareThe Directo al Paladar is an original dish that, according to our experts, “is ideal as a starter for a hearty meal”.
It can be served cold or hot, like the classic recipe with leeks and potatoes, but this time we give it the touch of originality by substituting the potato with apple. It’s even lighter and it tastes delicious.
Red cabbage cream with fennel and cider
Red cabbage is another of those products that appear on the Christmas tables of many homes. In my case the classic garnish is prepared at home, but this option in cream format and with an aniseed touch of fennel is original and a perfect opportunity to change a little this year.
Tomato, carrot and ginger cream
A cream with an original touch and a really intoxicating aroma. It is important that after crushing with the mixer or food processor, we go through a sieve to remove the bits of skin or seeds and that this is thinner. To give it a crunchy touch we can add some croutons or croutons in the plating.
Leek cream with crunchy ham
The toppings of a cream are a fundamental part of transforming an anodyne vegetable cream into a creative dish with much more flavour. In this case we accompany a light cream of leeks with a crunchy ham that we have made in the microwave.
Classic seafood creams for Christmas meals
If there is a classic christmas dish is undoubtedly the prawn bisque, a type of soup or cream of French origin that we can also prepare with crabs, for example. In this case we bet on its more classic version so that this starter is a sure hit.
Vichyssoise with shrimp cream
Using a classic recipe like vichyssoise we can get a dish that could be in any house on Christmas Eve. The key is to give it a twist with a shrimp cream with a powerful flavor, which gives the dish a rock & roll feel.
According to our experts at Directo al Paladar “the bisque or cream of carabineros is a recipe to dazzle your guests that also has hardly any work”, so we can’t ask for more. A star dish who needs very little to shine.
Even though it looks like an expensive cream at first sight, can fit into almost any pocket if we change the shellfish that we use. From Directo al Paladar they recommend us to accompany this cream with some fried bread toasts, a baked puff pastry cookie or even some canned fish roe.
Mussel cream with apple and coriander
A simple recipe for a starter that will surprise. We moved away from the intense sea flavour of the shellfish bisques to opt for a much more subtle mussel cream in its flavour.
The most original creams to serve at Christmas
Pumpkin and coconut milk cappuccino
Why not make a trompe l’oeil as a starter? Diners will think you’ve gone all tarumba when you serve them a “coffee” as a starter, but it’s actually a cream of pumpkin and coconut milk that’s fun and delicious at Christmas too.
Pea cream with cod brandade quenelle
A proposal very original and striking thanks to its intense green color. The cod brandade gives this recipe a different touch that breaks with what could be just another pea cream.
Bicolour cream glasses with prawns
Once again, a fun and colourful proposal. Although is served in little cupsYou can use glass bowls to appreciate the color of this cream with prawns that serves as an ideal light starter.
Although it’s called soup, it has a very creamy texture so we decided to include it as one of the most original. This Idiazábal soup is a Christmas starter of ten, and in Directo al Paladar they prepare it adding a topping with a sauteed mushroom. The combination is spectacular.
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