So it’s New Year’s, and it’s a PARTY!!!
New Potatoes with Caviar
Fresh chives for garnish
Steam and prepare your potatoes, by slicing a thin slice off the bottom to create a base to keep the potatoes in place instead of roll over. Then halve the potatoes and slightly hollow out the centre with a melon scooper.
Spoon about ½ tsp of crème fraiche over the hollowed centre. Top with ¼ tsp caviar and place the ends of 2 chives into the crème fraiche.
Mini Shrimp Cocktails
Serves 28 cold bites
Shrimp Cocktail is a classic! It is a staple in any recipe collection. Everyone likes Shrimp cocktails so they are crowd pleasers. I have given this shrimp cocktail a slight kick with the use of hot sauce and horseradish, give it a try for a twist on the classic.
750g medium shrimps, peeled with tails intact and deveined
1 ½ liters fish or shellfish stock
For The Sauce
½ cup tomato puree
2 ½ tsp prepared horse raddish
½ tsp hot sauce
½ tsp salt
Squeeze of ½ a lemon
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
Drain shrimps and place 1 shrimp in every shot glass. Alternatively, place shrimps around the edge of some martini glasses with tail facing outwards. Place prepared martini glasses in the middle of the tray with some napkins for pass around service.
Makes about 48 cold bites
Vegetables and fruits wrapped with Prosciutto or bacon are always a treat. The juices from the bacon or prosciutto will flavour and moisten the fruit or vegetable. The crispiness of it adds a much appreciated texture. I really enjoy these wrapped parcels and find them great for nibbling as well.
1 large honeydew melon seeded, sliced (or balled, optional)
Prosciutto slices about 150 g
Every Party Staple, Smoked Salmon Blinis
Makes about 40 cold bites
Blinis are Russian mini savoury pancakes that can be a base for many toppings. Traditionally Blinis are made out of buckwheat, but you can make these from any type of flour. This is a classic topping, but use Blinis as a white Canvas and paint it with your creativity...
500g Smoked Salmon strips
200g sour cream
2 tsp chopped dills
Finely chopped capers to taste
Peel of 2 lemons
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh dill springs
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, chopped dill, lemon peel and finely chopped capers. Spread sour cream mixture on blinis and top with a rolled salmon slice. Top all with a mini dill spring. Serve at room temperature.
My Best Loved Stuffed Mushrooms
Makes 24 room temperature bites
Mushrooms, cheese, butter, garlic... are you getting the picture? It doesn't get any better! I have never made these and did not receive a shower of compliments and requests for the recipe! They are really good, and will delight everyone!
24 button Mushrooms, peeled and stems removed
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup butter
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup finely chopped spring onions
1 cup finely chopped mushrooms (use stems from whole mushrooms)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt & black pepper to taste
A dash of Oregano
In a medium saucepan heat the butter and add spring onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook till softened but not browned add bread crumbs, oregano, salt & pepper stir till all are well incorporated. Add Parmesan cheese and mix well. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Place peeled mushroom caps in a single layer on a baking dish. Fill caps with 1 tsp filling, top with grated mozzarella. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until mozzarella is melted and slightly browned. Serve at room temperature.
This Collection of Cocktail Bites will guarantee you a load of compliments and will impress your guests. You will definitely want to serve them again!! Do try them out this New Year’s, and see for yourself how they transform your party into an elegant bash.
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