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Friday, 10 August 2012

Fetta Cheese & Cherry Tomato Mini Bites

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As part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special, Kenwood are sponsoring a 4-bladed food chopper/ mini blender for Dima's Kitchen Readers. For details on the giveaways and how to enter the draw, please follow this link.
This recipe was made using this chopper, and is designed as a sample recipe to showcase how you can make fillings using it.
Click here for this recipe in Arabic

Very simple and convenient cocktail bites that will brighten up your menu

"Big surprises come in small packages."  - Unknown Author

I like to make small bites for appetisers during Ramadan. After fasting all day, one cannot eat big portions. Offering small bites is always a pleasure as you get to have small tasters of delicious food, and this way get a chance to taste more varieties without getting overly full. These little bites can brighten up your appetisers buffet, and offer a very light and fresh bite. These are also a perfect option for Suhoor gatherings, as again people can't really eat much after having a full Iftar. It is summer and these are just the perfect little treats for this hot weather. Not only for Ramadan, but you can also serve these fabulous treats in pass around cocktail parties, or as amuse bouche at your dinner parties.

This is a very simple recipe, but nonetheless a delicious one. You and your guests are going to love it, so here is how it's made...

Ramadan Recipe 20
Fetta Cheese & Cherry Tomato Mini Bites

You Need
1 packet frozen savoury short crust, thawed (or home-made short crust)
250g Fetta Cheese
2 tbsp Olive oil
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
Fresh Mint springs
1 tbsp dried mint
Black pepper
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts

You can use ready made short crust for convenience and ease

Preheat your oven to 350. Lightly grease the holes of 12 mini cupcake tin. Set aside.

Thaw the crust dough if using frozen, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut the rolled crust dough and place each flower cut out in the greased hole. Place a ball of foil paper in each flower cup to prevent the dough from rising. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the dough is cooked through. Cool the finished cups in the pan, then remove gently in order not to break. Cool completely before filling.

In the meantime, in your 4-bladed Kenwood chopper, place the fetta cheese, olive oil, dried mint, black pepper and toasted pine nuts. Blend all together to combine. Place the filling in a piping bag and place in the fridge until ready to use.

Fill each cup with the fetta cheese mixture by piping swirls into each one. Top the swirl with half a cherry tomato, and place fresh mint leaves on top of the tomato. Repeat until all quantity is finished. Serve cold.

Simple Goodness for everyone to enjoy

Not all recipes have to be overly complicated to be good. Goodness sometimes lies in the simplicity of a dish. I have never served these fetta bites without being asked for the recipe. I am guessing this will happen with you too, so go ahead and tell your friends about this blog, let them discover the goodness too ;)

Hope you like this recipe, give it a try and send me a photo for a chance to win a fabulous giveaway as part of Dima's Kitchen Ramadan Special. There are plenty of giveaways to go around, so go ahead and take part...

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Ramadan Kareem