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Got yourself an invite to a friend's Christmas luncheon? Contribute to the feast by bringing a mouth-watering starter. Not only will it add to the festivity, it will likely win you brownie points with your host.
15 Dec 2010 - 3:26 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Got yourself an invite to a friend's Christmas luncheon? Contribute to the feast by bringing a mouth-watering starter. Not only will it add to the festivity, it will likely win you brownie points with your host.


Below is a list of starter ideas from a number of culturally diverse cuisines. Take your friends to Istanbul with a dish of stuffed mussels, to El Salvador with crowd-pleasing papusas, or all the way to Spain with an authentic potato tortilla.

Recipes


Sweet potato and prawn cakes with cucumber raita

Soft rice paper rolls with prawns and pork

Beef godambah

Lamb patties

Stuffed mussels Istanbul-street style

Papusas

Polenta ghiotta

Beetroot dip with hummus and tortilla chips

Fried fish cakes

Water spinach tossed with ginger and preserved bean curd

Minted yoghurt

Rosti

Zucchini fritters with dill

Crunchy zucchini flowers stuffed with haloumi, mint and ginger

Tortilla Espanola


Gozleme tiropites

Potato and spinach with poppy seeds

Fattoush

Panzanella

Green papaya salad

Fattoush Lebanese summer salad