Wednesday, 25 November 2015

quick and easy canapes

Getting ready for Christmas and the holiday season with a few quick and easy canape recipes.  All ready in less than 30 minutes. Canapes need to be packed with interesting flavours and textures and easy to hold and eat without dropping too much on the floor! These recipes can easily be rounded up or down depending on how many canapes you would like to make. Happy holidays! 

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endive with blue cheese, pear, cranberry & rosemary garlic breadcrumbs
endive with blue cheese, pear, cranberry & rosemary garlic breadcrumbs

The endive leaves provide a natural container for the classic combination of blue cheese and pear. The strong cheese contrasts so well with the fresh crunch of the pear. The bitterness of the endive and crisp garlic and rosemary breadcrumbs 
adds to the interesting mix of flavours and textures. 

You can easily scale this recipe up depending on how many you would like to make. 


makes about 10


ingredients:

1 endive (leaves separated)
1 pear - cored and thinly sliced
40g blue cheese
30g fresh breadcrumbs (roughly torn, not too fine)
25g dried cranberries
1 tbs maple syrup/honey
1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
1 whole garlic clove
1 tbs oil

method: 


heat the oil in a frying pan before adding the breadcrumbs, garlic clove and chopped rosemary. Fry for a couple of minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden brown. Remove the garlic clove, tip into a bowl and allow to cool slightly


crumble the blue cheese and add to the breadcrumbs along with the cranberries and stir well.


add a pear slice to each endive leaf and a spoonful of the cheese, breadcrumb and cranberry mix


drizzle with maple syrup/honey and serve


variations: 

add some chopped cooked smoked bacon or chopped pecans and walnuts to the mix too

a fresh goats cheese instead of the blue cheese works really well



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tomato, creme fraiche & mint feuilletes

tomato, creme fraiche & mint feuilletés 


The little tomato and creme fraiche pastries are topped with onion and sesame seeds and finished off with a sprinkling of fresh chopped mint too. 


makes about 20


ingredients:

1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
1 large tomato chopped
2 tbs creme fraiche
1 tbs sesame seeds
1 tbs onion (nigella) seeds
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1 beaten egg

method:


preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6


cut the puff pastry into 2.5 inch squares and place on a lined/non-stick baking sheet


add 1/2 tsp of creme fraiche to the centre of each square, followed by a piece of chopped tomato


fold the corners towards the centre of the pastry square. the filling should still be visible


brush the feuilletés with the beaten egg and sprinkle with the onion seeds and sesame seeds


bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Sprinkle with the fresh mint and serve hot or cold



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hit smoked paprika, fennel seed & labneh pastries

hot smoked paprika, fennel seed & labneh pastries


a great way of using up odds and ends of pastry, and you can play around with different seeds and spices too. They would be delicious with a sprinkling of za'atar or ras al hanout too.  These are super quick to prepare and just take a few minutes to crisp up in the oven. 


makes about 20-30 pastries


ingredients:

1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry
2-3 tbsp labneh (thick strained yogurt) or thick Greek yogurt
1 tbs hot smoked paprika
1 tbs fennel seeds
zest of 1 lemon

method:


preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6


lay the pastry sheet out and spread the labneh evenly over it. Sprinkle with the hot smoked paprika, fennel seeds and lemon zest


cut the pastry into 2 inch strips lengthwise and cut into rough shapes at different angles


bake for about 7-10 minutes or until crisp and golden


serve hot or cold 


variations: 


sprinkle with za'atar or ras al hanout spice mixes.


orange zest would be great too


add sesame or poppy seeds




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5 comments:

  1. Oh wow what a feast, I want to come party at your's! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts x

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    1. just coming up with the cocktail recipes now ;)

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  2. ooh these sound and look delicious, I can't quite decide which I'd try first though! x
    Angela x

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    1. thanks so much - the endive and blue cheese is my favourite one.

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