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CHEESE AND GHERKIN BALLS - makes about 28
You cannot beat cheese and gherkins in my opinion (go together like bread and butter??!!)
200g (8 oz cream cheese)
2 tbsp fresh double cream
2 level tsp finely chopped gherkins
1/2 level tsp paprika
100g (4 oz) of finely grated Cheddar cheese
seasoning to taste
about 50g (2 oz) salted and chopped peanuts
1. Beat the cheese and cream together until smooth. Stir in the gherkins, paprika and grated cheese.
2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Divide into 28 equal-sized pieces and shape into balls.
4. Roll in the chopped peanuts and chill.
5. Spear onto cocktail sticks just before serving.
I love doing these because you can make them in advance - just find a friend or helpful child to help pop the cocktail sticks on!
If you garnish the plate with little pieces of salad it will add colour.
You can replace the cream and both cheeses with a low fat variety but hey - this is party food!
This is for a snack its not a recipe as such just a nibble idea.
Well I dont know how or quite why but collegues of my father from Norway managed to bring an entire smoked salmon into the country and we have found that on the whole it works really well with creme fresh and Philadelphia type spreads.
Ok bagels with Philadelphia and smoked salmon, for lunch, I would say a plain bagel would be the best but my mother said that this worked best with the cinnamon and raisin bagel. I suppose you could try my mums option if you are feeling adventurous .
Also wheaten bread with creme fresh and smoked salmon with fresh lemon juice tastes great and is easy thrown together but looks fancy if you are having a dinner party. Or just a snack if you have a group of people over you want to impress.
At around the time we got this fish we did have a lot of birthdays and things so we got through the fish fairly quickly considering its size.
If you're having people over for drinks and want to be a bit flash then these canapes are definitely the way forward. They're also great as a mixed assortment type of starter if you're having people ovr for dinner. They're all cold, so it's quite easy to assemble them, chuck them on trays then keep in the fridge until you want to serve them.
Smoked salmon parcels
Thin-cut smoked salmon
Cut sheets of salmon about 10cm square and spoon on a dollop of cream cheese. Wrap the salmon round the cream cheese so that the join is on the bottom. Top with a tiny bit of caviare if you're out to impress!
Chicken satay skewers
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves crushed, peeled
2 chicken breasts, skinned and cut into bite-size pieces
2 dessert spoons of peanut butter
1 green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp sweet soy sauce
Heat the oil in a frying pan, and sauté the garlic. Take a bowl and put into it the chicken, nuts, fried garlic, pepper, chilli, lemon juice, soy sauce and salt.
Cover and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
Skewer the meat onto cockail sticks and grill under a hot grill for about 10 minutes.
Chill before serving.
Panchetta and mozzarella wraps
10 slices panchetta
Cut the mozzarella into 2cm cubes. Cut the pancetta into 10cm squares. Wrap the pancetta slices round the mozzarella to form parcels with the join on the bottom.
Cherry tomato skewers
Mozzarella, cut into 2cm cubes
Marinated red peppers, cut into 2cm squares
Thread a tomato, a piece of mozzarella, a piece of pepper and a basil leaf onto cocktail sticks.