What have you planned for New Year? If you will be celebrating with a party at home (so much nicer being able to cut out travel and crowds at such time) we hope you will enjoy this collection of ideas – some ours some from others we like. Rather than pay through the nose for shop bought party food, why not use that budget to stretch to one or two luxury ingredients? We think successful canapes are pretty and packed with flavour.
First up, this is one for the boys. More on the flavour front than a pretty dish, try some slow cooked meat – such as this pulled lamb. Start early and cook it low and long – till it falls off the bone. Be sure to baste it with its juices regularly. You could serve these on mini burgers, naan breads (like here) or finger rolls. Top with a small dollop of mango chutney or chilli sauce. Your guests will thank you for this super way of lining their stomachs..
Or how about crab – in this recipe we quickly stirfried some crabmeat with Indian spices. Stuff it into some roasted mini peppers (Tesco sell them in big bagfuls) and then add a little teaspoon of the mint and coriander chutney – it is divine).
Now to suit your skinny minny friends how about some Vietnamese spring rolls. Chop some coriander and mint, add julienned cucumber and spring onions and then add protein of your choice – tofu, prawn, chicken or even turkey. For extra bulk add in some ome cooked rice noodles. Some ready made sweet chilli or hoisin sauce for dipping or even add it to the interior.
Thai fishcakes are full of flavour. Add some pickled cucumber to take the edge off the chilli heat – it is an easy side to make and the two go well together.
Blini are a wonderful way to present a range of toppings. Beyond the obligatory smoked salmon and sour cream/dill combination here are some other ideas.
Kellie at Food to Glow urges you to make your own blini. They can be preprepped – even frozen ahead of time – so you can whip them out and warm them and top them with minimal effort on the day. As with all her food, Kellie offers some flavour packed toppings that are healthy as well as beautiful and unusual. Miso-Lime Grilled Aubergines on Honey-Glazed Blini,Toasted Sesame-Soy Tofu and Spinach Cream,Sweet Potato, Almond and Smoked Paprika anyone? Yes please!
And Jude has a classic blini offering for new year – creme fraiche and caviar. Pretty and a little goes a long way when it comes to caviar.
Katie over at Feeding Boys and A Firefighter offers some novel ways of serving up canapes – some toasted bread canape cases and stuffed cherry tomatoes. Some low fuss ideas that are infinitely adaptable and her suggested fillings sound wonderful.
Sarah at Maison Cupcake has some lovely looking Chorizo Canapes with Mozzarella –
another visually attractive dish – layers of colour with basil, mozzarella and chorizo, as well as flavour.
Jac from Tinned Tomatoes has some lovely canape ideas. Being from Scotland, New year (Hogmanay of course) is a big deal. These puff pastry canapes are topped with home made dairy free pesto and cherry tomatoes.
And Jeanne from Cooksister also uses puff pastry in these divinely pretty savoury palmiers that she made using pistounade (a French version of pesto – sans nuts and cheese) but she suggests pesto is an option in the making of these simple but pretty pastries.
Jude at Mostly about Chocolate offers some sweet treats – chocolate always rocks our boat so these ramekin baked cookies sound perfect. Serve hot, add a spoon of vanilla ice cream in the middle and enjoy…
And if you are looking to be low fat, we rather rather liked these lemon and yoghurt cake bites which are fat free (if you use fat free yoghurt). We used Ski but you could use greek yoghurt instead.
Urvashi Roe has some lovely sweet treats too
How about these mini blackberry meringue pies.
Or these stunning strawberry and hazelnut canapes
And finally when it comes to drinks, we are no experts but for the non drinkers or designated drivers, Jac of Tinned tomatoes has some super ideas for Non Alcoholic cocktails.