If there is ever a night you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen it’s New Year’s Eve.
But at the same time, you want to impress and throw a party to remember. That’s where these canapés really hit the spot. All four are big on taste, low on effort. They can all be made ahead of time, so all you need to do is get them out of the fridge when your guests arrive.
Walnut and rocket pesto crostini
- 1x French stick
- 50g of rocket
- 40g of grated Parmesan
- 50g of walnuts
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Slice your French stick as thinly as you can - no thicker than a cracker
2. Place on a baking tray and brush with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the consistency resembles crackers
3. While the break is baking, put all of your ingredients in a food processor. Start to blitz while pouring in the olive oil. How much oil you need will depend on how you like the consistency of your pesto. I usually use around 50-60ml, as I prefer my pesto to have texture. If you like it completely smooth, blend for a little longer and use more oil
4. When you’re happy with the consistency of the pesto, season it to taste. Once the bread has cooled, spread each slice with a healthy serving of the pesto. Store in the fridge until you are ready to serve
If you have any pesto left over, pop it in a bowl and serve with some ridged ready salted crisps. It makes a great alternative to guacamole or hummus.
Dates and breadsticks wrapped in Parma ham
These two canapés are so simple, they barely need instructions. Simply wrap Parma ham around some breadsticks, starting at one end of the breadstick and twisting the meat around it until the breadstick is covered. I serve these standing in a tall glass and they look seriously impressive.
For the dates, it’s the same idea. Wrap a little Parma ham around each date and serve on a platter. The combination of sweet and salty will go down an absolute treat. I would recommend making quite a few of these, as they’re so good, you’ll always have people wanting more.
These delicious and oh-so-easy bites get their name from the three colours of the Italian flag: red, white and green. To make them you will need:
- 200g of mozzarella pearls
- A bunch of basil
- Cherry or sundried tomatoes (depending on what you prefer)
- Cocktail sticks
1. Slide a mozzarella pearl onto a cocktail stick, followed by a tomato and a basil leaf. Serve on a platter.
Alternatively, if you would rather have a meat-based canapé, I often replace the tomato for some chorizo or saucisson, which is just as tasty.
There you have it, three seriously delicious - and super easy - canapés that your guests will love.
Happy New Year everybody, I hope you have a great one!