Since this is the season for parties and entertaining, here are some quick links to my favourite recipes for party food. Apologies in advance if you don’t like beetroot, it seems to have turned into a theme for this one.
These are so easy to make in advance and put together at the last minute.
I’ve been addicted to croquettes ever since living in the Netherlands. Parties are always better with fried food.
Fry these up earlier in the day, reheat at the last minute and stick a cocktail stick in each for easy finger food. You can also cook them in the oven to save time.
Goats Cheese, Fig and Prosciutto Parcels (coeliac friendly)
These are always a hit at my family home on Christmas eve. You can’t go wrong with a recipe from Nigella Lawson.
Roasted Beetroot Tartlets with Fennel Marinated Feta
These are simple to make with ready-made pastry. Just learn from my mistakes and don’t use supermarket own-brand, it really is the worst.
Mussels with Fennel Alioli (coeliac friendly)
Clean the mussels and make the alioli early in the day, then quickly steam, dress and serve at the last minute. These are traditionally served as a cold tapa in Spain.
Christmas party food isn’t meant to be healthy.
Beetroot Meringues with Blue Cheese
Ok, these are a little fiddly to make, but they are delicious and unusual. More of a dinner party show-off dish then something you’d want to make for a big crowd.
Smoky Haydari with Feta and Red Pepper (Vegetarian and Coeliac-friendly)
You can put this together in just a couple of minutes and serve with crudites and warm bread.
Roasted Beetroot and Walnut Hummus (Vegetarian)
I think it’s time to admit I have a beetroot problem.
This is the perfect hummus recipe. End of story.