Good Morning Readers and Happy Friday! This morning we’re having a bit of a Friday Food Party special. Next weekend I’ll be holding a Christmas drinks party as I do every year and so I was keen to get some recommendations for new recipes. Enter Phoebe from Miller Weddings with some fabulous suggestions that I’ll definitely be trying this year.
I adore Christmas. Capital letters, underlined…adore. I love dark days, twinkling fairy lights, snow, and mainly the food. The fact you can eat more without being socially lambasted is always a bonus. There are always copious amounts of parties to attend, and the expanding waistline doesn’t help when slipping in to a party dress but I just don’t care. I will lose it at New Year. Here are some simple party food ideas. There are many variations of the mini pizzas and I would love to hear yours!
Halloumi Bites from Nigella
Image Credit: Nigella.com
I am a cheese fiend and halloumi is one of my favourites. This recipe is exceptionally simple and the halloumi can marinate hours in advance in the fridge. It works best done in a skillet or non-stick frying pan.
These are quite a slippery so best served on cocktail sticks or at a “table to plate” scenario.
250g Halloumi – each block roughly makes 12-14 bites
A handful of chopped parsley (I have used basil, tastes just as yummy)
Lots of black pepper
15mls lime juice (or lemon)
30ml garlic oil (increase by 20 for each extra block)
Slice the halloumi into bite size pieces, try for 6mm wide.
Add everything together in a large shallow dish (can be left)
Heat a heavy based pan and fry the cheese until golden on both sides, roughly takes 2 minutes
Put the fried halloumi back in to the shallow dish, mix and serve!
Chorizo and Chilli Mini Pizzas
Image Credit: DashingDish.com
This is a great little recipe to have because you can add so many variations. This makes 20.
A pack of flatbread or wraps
100g manchego cheese
1/2 a red chilli
Heat to 200c/180c for fan oven
Use a pastry cutter to cut out 6cm circles from the bread/wrap
Grate the cheese and scatter over the circles
Add the chorizo (pre cook if needed) then top with chilli
Bake for 10 mins till the cheese is bubbling.
Orange and Cinnamon Mince Pies
Image Credit: BBC Good Food
These are wonderful! I can’t remember where I even found this recipe but they are a festive twist on the everyday mince pie and exceptionally simple to do. These have a delicious crumble topping instead of pastry but you can still add whatever jazzy decor you’d like. Brandy butter is optional.
375g shortcrust pastry (shop bought unless you are inclined to make it yourself)
250g mincemeat (make your own, it really is easy. I have a recipe if you’d like it!)
50g plain flour
4tbsp demerara sugar
finely grated zest of 1/2 orange ( I always add a little more)
2tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200C
Thinly roll out the pastry. Using a 8cm pastry cutter, cut out as many discs as you can.
Grease a muffin tin and press the discs into the holes. Make sure they come up quite high at the sides
Spoon 2 teaspoons of mincemeat into each case.
Rub together flour, demerrar sugar, butter, orange zest and the cinnamon until you have a chunky crumble mixture.
Scatter over the top of the mincemeat
Place in the oven and cook for 15mins until they are golden and crisp (mine only take 10 often)
Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
Are having a Christmas Party this year and will you be trying any of these recipes?
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