OOO aren't these a bit posh! Whether hosting a large party or simply inviting a select few for a festive drink, a few homemade nibbles are always much appreciated by guests. All three of these can be made in advance with the croustades and pancakes quickly topped and filled before serving!
You Will Need:
These crisp little bread cases are so easy (and inexpensive) to make. They can be made several days ahead but they are also a great standby when you have unexpected visitors. So long as you have bread and one or two possible fillings, you are literally moments away from a platter of delicious and dainty nibbles!
There are endless options for filling these little cases. A few suggestions: goats cheese & fig, hummus & sun-dried tomato, smoked mackerel pâté, pesto mixed with cream cheese or blue cheese and pear - YUM!
Right, lets get cooking!
To melt the butter, place in a small heatproof ramekin and put on the back of the Aga range cooker hob. The croustades can be made up to three days in advance and stored in an airtight container.
Mini dill pancakes with smoked salmon
An easy alternative to blinis. These are cooked on the simmering plate – with such a large surface area, you can cook many at the same time.
Makes approximately 40
These can be made in advance and frozen. Once defrosted, re-heat very briefly on the simmering plate to crisp them up!
To go alongside, a kick of heat from these spiced warm nuts!
Maple spiced nuts
These nuts are so moreish and always very popular. You can make a big batch of them and keep in an airtight container. You can also store them in a Kilner or jam jar – just tie with a lovely ribbon to turn into a tasty last-minute gift!
These do have a bit of a kick – if you prefer something slightly less fiery, use smoked paprika instead of the chipotle chilli.
Antonia's Tip: Returning the nuts to the simmering oven once coated helps the flavours ‘stick’ to the nuts.
These festive recipes have been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, (it has been handed down through generations and gradually adapted) who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds.