Christmas Meal Alternatives

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This Christmas give your taste buds a break from the dull dryness of roast turkey and try some fresh and festive fish dishes instead. These starters and mains are quick and easy to make taking the stress out of Christmas cooking. They also look amazing when served and are guaranteed to impress every dinner guest. So forget all about the hassle of basting, temperature changes and long roasting times, with these fish dishes it’s as easy as pie.

 

Starters

Prawn Cocktail

This retro dish is making a comeback and is the perfect starter for any get together, including Christmas day. Use fresh prawns or change it up with a mixture of seafood. Smother in Marie Rose sauce to create a delicious starter in no time at all. Don’t forget to serve them in your best cocktail glasses for added style.  

Scallops

These shellfish are incredibly versatile and can be used to make an array of wonderful canapés and starters. Pan fry your scallops in butter to create a beautiful golden colour or sauté them with your favourite flavours for a speedy starter. You can also make scallop pops by wrapping them in Parma ham and serving them on cocktail sticks, perfect for a pre-dinner treat.   

Salmon Soup

If you fancy a hearty soup starter then try a classic leek and potato soup with a seafood twist. Add some smoked salmon to make your soup the star on top of the Christmas tree. This creamy dish will warm everyone’s stomachs and it can be made in advance and warmed through when you need it, meaning you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time eating fantastic food.

 

Mains

Whole Baked Fish

This Christmas stuff the turkey and serve a real showstopper. Choose your favourite whole fish and bake it to perfection in a large tray surrounded by winter vegetables and potatoes. Don’t forget to season your dish with some festive herbs and a squeeze of fresh lemon before baking and then simply pop the tray onto the table and let your guests serve themselves.   

Fish Wellington

If you’re a fan of both seafood and pastry then this is the Christmas dinner for you. Similar to the classic beef wellington, the fish wellington can be made with everything from salmon to bass and is delicious when served up on a bed of cheesy greens. Cooking times depend on the fish but it’ll be worth the effort when you’re rewarded with light flaking fish inside perfectly crisp pastry.

Stuffed Whole Fish

This tasty dish is similar to the whole baked fish but a tad fiddlier. Choose your flavours and stuff your favourite fish until it’s fit to burst. The flavours we suggest include the classic Christmas combination of garlic and rosemary, the traditional fish favourite of lemon and herbs or even get nutty with a breadcrumb and hazelnut mix. Serve it up with some festive sides such as lemon roasted potatoes or Brussel sprout hash.