Category: Finger Food, Snacks

Artichoke Frittata

Artichoke Frittata Makes 8 wedges 30g butter 2 small leeks, sliced 1 clove garlic, sliced 6 eggs 100g bottled marinated artichoke hearts, sliced 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon lemon juice, for drizzling 1. Heat the butter in a 20cm (8 inch) non-stick frying pan, add the leek and garlic...

Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts

Photo by Julie O’Malley Asparagus and Gruyere Tarts Savoury Shortcrust Pastry: 150g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1.5cm cubes 300g plain flour, chilled 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp vinegar, chilled with 85ml water Remove butter from fridge 20 mins before you start mixing, the butter should be just...

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto 3 bunches asparagus 12 slices of prosciutto, halved crosswise Fill a high sided frying pan with water. Season with salt and bring to a simmer. Remove the woody ends from the asparagus and add to the pan. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and run under...

Baguette with Egg, Dill Pesto and Prosciutto

Baguette with Egg, Dill Pesto and Prosciutto Makes 30 8 thin slices prosciutto 45g fresh dill sprigs 75g pine nuts, toasted 60g Parmesan, finely grated 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/3 cup (80ml) virgin olive oil 1 French bread stick, sliced diagonally 2 teaspoons butter 7 eggs, lightly beaten 1/3...

Bliss balls

Bliss balls Makes about 30 balls 1 cup puffed millet or rice 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1/2 cup rice malt, (or honey) 1/2 cup tahini 1 cup almond meal or L.S.A (linseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds) meal 1 cup chopped nuts (almonds,...

Bruschetta

Bruschetta Seasoning Oil: 1/3 cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, crushed 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped 1/8 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes Tomato Topping: 1-1/2 pounds plum tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1...

Caramel Nut Popcorn

Caramel Nut Popcorn 1/2 cup popping corn 5 tablespoons of oil. Cook popcorn following packet directions 2 Tbsp Honey 3/4 Cup sugar 125g butter 1/2 Cup peanuts Stir Honey, sugar and butter in a saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved then boil uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove...

Cheese and Spinach Roulade Bruschetta

Cheese and Spinach Roulade Bruschetta Makes about 24 1 French bread stick 2 Tablespoons oil 500g English spinach 90g spreadable cream cheese 90g goats cheese 3 Tablespoons canned pimiento, drained and finely chopped 1. Preheat the oven to moderately hot 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Cut the bread into 24 thin...

Cherry Tomato Appetizers

Cherry Tomato Appetizers Makes 40 40 Cherry tomatoes 7 1/2 ounces tuna 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons onions, grated salt and pepper 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 Tablespoon heavy cream, to moisten 1. Cut thin slice from stem end of each tomato. 2. Remove pulp, and invert...

Chia Cacao Coconut Clusters

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chia Cacao Coconut Clusters 2 tbsp Nature’s Way Super Coconut Oil 1/3 cup honey 1?2 cup peanut or almond butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups shredded coconut 1 tbsp Nature’s Way Super Chia Seeds 1?4 cup Natures Way Super Cacao Powder 1?4 cup chopped...

Chicken Balls With Chilli Dipping Sauce

Chicken Balls With Chilli Dipping Sauce 600g minced chicken 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame seeds 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander 1 cup (70g) stale breadcrumbs 1 egg white, beaten lightly vegetable oil, for deep-frying Chilli Dipping Sauce: 1 tablespoon...

Chicken Strips

Chicken Strips Serves 4 2 chicken breast fillets 1/3 cup plain flour 1 garlic clove, crushed salt and pepper to taste 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups fresh bread crumbs 1/4 cup oil Cut chicken into strips approximately 1cm diameter and 10cm long. Toss chicken strips in flour, shake...

Chicken Yakitori Skewers

Photo by Kelli Chicken Yakitori Skewers Serves 6 1/4 cup (60ml) sake 1/4 cup (60ml) Japanese soy sauce 2 Tbsp mirin 2 Tbsp caster sugar 6 chicken thigh fillets, cut into 2cm pieces Ground white pepper, to season 2 green onions, trimmed, cut into 3cm pieces 2 tsp vegetable...

Chilli Chicken Appetizers

Chilli Chicken Appetizers 4 medium nectarines or peaches 1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken 2 teaspoons Thai garlic-chilli sauce or chilli sauce 2 teaspoons snipped fresh cilantro 1. Cut the nectarines into quarters and remove the pits. Carefully scoop out some of the fruit, leaving a 1/4-inch border inside the...

Chinese Steamed Buns

Chinese Steamed Buns 1 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast 2 tablespoons caster sugar 1 cup warm water 2 1/2 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons peanut oil 1 shallot, chopped 250g Chinese barbequed pork, finely chopped 1 tablespoon oyster sauce...

Chocolate Christmas Trees

Chocolate Christmas Trees Makes approximately 45 250g packet plain sweet biscuits, crushed 1 cup desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons baking cocoa 1 tablespoon honey (optional) 395g can sweetened condensed milk 1 cup white or dark melts Coconut, sprinkles, silver and gold cachous, for decoration Combine biscuits, coconut, baking cocoa, honey...

Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds

Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds 1 egg white 1 teaspoon cold water 4 cups whole almonds 1/2 cup white sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan. Lightly beat the egg white; add water, and beat...

Crab Hors D’oeuvres

Crab Hors D’oeuvres 3 x 8-oz packages cream cheese 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup dry white wine 2 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 1/2 tsp powdered sugar 1/2 tsp onion juice 2 cloves garlic, pressed 1 lb crab meat Mix and blend well all the ingredients. May be served hot...

Crisp Tortilla Chips With Guacamole

Crisp Tortilla Chips With Guacamole 5 x 20cm tortillas vegetable oil for deep-frying 2 teaspoons ground oregano 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground sweet paprika 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Guacamole 3 small (600g) avocados 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice 1/4...

Crispy Caramel Corn

Crispy Caramel Corn Yield: 13 cups 1 heaping tablespoon solid coconut oil or peanut oil 1 cup unpopped white popcorn 2 teaspoons salt 2 cups light brown sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter 1 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Heat coconut oil in a large...

Crispy Mallow Fingers

Crispy Mallow Fingers 100g marshmallows 100g plain chocolate 25g butter 25g desiccated coconut 50g Rice Bubbles Melt marshmallows, chocolate and butter together in a basin over a pan of hot water. Add the coconut and Rice Bubbles. Mix well together and press into a greased 18cm shallow baking tray....

Curried Nuts and Bolts

Curried Nuts and Bolts 2 cups of Nutrigrain 2 cups of peanuts and/or mixed nuts 1 tablespoon of oil 1 tablespoon of curry powder 1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl 2. Lay the mixture flat on a baking tray 3. Cook in a moderate oven for 15 minutes...

Ding Dongs

Ding Dongs 1 French bread stick 300ml sour cream 1 pkt cheese and leek soup mix 1/2 cup finely chopped ham Slice the French stick (not too thin). In a bowl combine sour cream, soup mix, and ham thoroughly, when mixed smear generous amounts onto each slice of your...

Four Colour Shu Mai

Four Colour Shu Mai Skins, also called wrappers, can be purchased fresh or frozen in Chinese grocery stores. If they are unavailable, the wrapper skins for wontons or egg rolls (cut in quarters), can be used. 30 skins or wrappers (if purchased frozen, defrost and bring to room temperature)...

Fresh Rice-Paper Rolls

Fresh Rice-Paper Rolls 1/2 pkt rice noodles 1/2 kilo cooked and peeled prawns rice paper bunch mint fine sliced lettuce (optional) snow pea sprouts (optional) * Soak noodles in boiling water until they are soft, drain and rinse under cold water. * In a frying pan or other large...

Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Fresh Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls Serves 4 100g vermicelli 1 pack rice paper 2 lettuce leaves, shredded 8 cooked prawns 100g bean sprouts 1 bunch Chinese chives 1 large carrot, julienned 1 bunch mint 1/2 cup sweet chilli sauce 1. Soak vermicelli noodles in hot water until softened. Drain...

Fruit and Nut Balls

Fruit and Nut Balls These can be adapted a fair bit. The measurements below are VERY rough. 2 handfuls of dates 1/2 cup almond meal 1/4 cup hazelnut meal 2 tbsp carob powder 6 or 7 dried apricots handful of pepitas vanilla essence desiccated coconut cinnamon Chop dates finely,...

Gluten Patties

Gluten Patties 1/4 cup gluten flour 1/2 cup milk 1 finely chopped onion 1 tsp Marmite 1 tbsp Peanut Butter Salt Add all ingredients, do not beat. combine until smooth. Cook in hot oil. Can be put into tomato soup or mushroom soup as a sauce....

Griddled Eggplants with Feta, Mint and Chilli

Photo by EmmCee Griddled Eggplants with Feta, Mint and Chilli 2 large eggplants, each cut thinly, lengthwise, into about 10 slices 4 Tbsp olive oil 250g feta cheese 1 large red chilli, finely chopped (deseeded optional for milder) large bunch fresh mint, finely chopped, with some saved for sprinkling...

Har gau

Har gau 150g green prawns, diced 1/4 cup bamboo shoots, diced 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 2 teaspoons cornflour pinch salt pinch sugar 1/2 cup corn flour 2 tablespoons rice flour 1 tablespoon potato starch boiling water # Combine all ingredients...

Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings)

Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings) 1 1/2 cups wheat starch 1/2 cup tapioca flour dash of salt 1 1/2 cups boiling water 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 1 pound fresh shrimp 1 Tablespoon dry sherry 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped 1 teaspoon chopped gingerroot 1 Tablespoon chopped scallion 1/2 teaspoon...

Hollandaise and Asparagus Vol au Vents

Hollandaise and Asparagus Vol au Vents 2 x 12 vol au vents 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine 1/4 cup (60ml) white wine vinegar 1 green onion (shallot), finely sliced 3 parsley sprigs 5 black peppercorns 100g butter, cubed plus 1 teaspoon extra 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten finely grated...

Lemon and Cardamom Drops

Lemon and Cardamom Drops 1 large egg 100g pure icing sugar 50g ground almonds 100g ground rice 1tsp cardamom finely grated rind 1 large lemon extra icing sugar for coating Preheat oven to 180C. Whisk egg and icing sugar until very pale. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly....

Mini Easter Cheesecakes

Photo by Mem Mini Easter Cheesecakes Makes 8 2 Tablespoons boiling water 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine 6 plain chocolate biscuits (eg. Choc Ripple) 20g butter, melted 250g cream cheese, softened 2 Tablespoons caster sugar 1/4 cup pure cream, lightly whipped 50g milk chocolate, melted 8 caramel-filled mini Easter eggs...

Mini Quiche

Mini Quiche 1 kg ready-rolled shortcrust pastry (6 sheets) 6 slices bacon, diced 1 onion, finely diced 6 eggs 1 cup cream 1 cup grated cheese 1 tablespoon chopped dried parsley salt and freshly ground black pepper Cook the onion and bacon over a low heat until the onion...

Mini Thai Chicken Cakes

Mini Thai Chicken Cakes 2 bunches of coriander 1 kg chicken mince 2 cloves garlic 4 Tbsp of oyster sauce 1 Tbsp of fish sauce 2 Tbsp sweet chilli sauce 1 Tbsp grated ginger 1 Tbsp lemon grass 600ml coconut cream salt and pepper Whiz all ingredients in blender....

Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere Tarts

Photo by Julie O’Malley Mushroom, Spinach and Gruyere Tarts Makes 4 small tarts 3/4 cup (110g) Plain flour 60g unsalted butter 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 eschalots, roughly chopped 1 cup chopped mixed wild mushrooms, such as field, oyster and swiss brown 2 firmly packed cups (50g) baby spinach...

Nutty Cheesecake Balls

Nutty Cheesecake Balls 1 pkg cream cheese 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup Splenda 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp vanilla extract finely chopped nuts or unsweetened coconut In med bowl with electric mixer on med speed mix all ingredients except nuts and coconut. Chill 30 min or until firm....

Pasta Frittata

Pasta Frittata Makes 8 wedges 300g spaghetti 4 eggs 50g Parmesan, grated 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 60g butter 1. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling water for about 10 minutes, until just tender but still retaining a little bite, then drain well. 2. Whisk the...

Pesto, Semi-Dried Tomato and Bocconcini Bruschetta

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pesto, Semi-Dried Tomato and Bocconcini Bruschetta Serves 6 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 6 slices ciabatta 100g (1/2 cup) bought basil pesto 100g semi-dried tomatoes, drained on paper towel 200g cherry bocconcini, drained, halved Small fresh basil leaves, to serve Sea...

Pizza Frittata

Pizza Frittata Makes 20 pieces 20g butter 60g button mushrooms, finely chopped 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded, finely chopped 1 small red pepper (capsicum), seeded, finely chopped 1 small onion, finely chopped 1 stick cabanossi, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 4 eggs 2/3 cup (170ml) cream 100g...

Pumpkin and Corn Quesadilla with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pumpkin and Corn Quesadilla with Fresh Tomato Salsa 100g pumpkin, chopped coarsely 1 Tbsp water 1/4 cup (40g) corn kernels 1/4 tsp chilli flakes 1 clove garlic, crushed 25g grated extra-light cheddar 1 x 28g (17cm) corn tortilla 1 x 28g (17cm) corn tortilla 1/4...

Quick Sausage Rolls

Quick Sausage Rolls Makes 12 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese 12 chipolata sausages 1 egg, lightly whisked 1 tablespoon sesame seeds 1. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Cut pastry sheets in half. Sprinkle cheese evenly over pastry,...

Savoury Zucchini Boats

Savoury Zucchini Boats Makes 30 5 large zucchini 1 large tomato, finely chopped 2 spring onions, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 2 slices of salami, finely chopped 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese 1. Cut each zucchini into three equal pieces (approx 4cm). Cut each piece in half lengthways....

Scallop Fritters

Scallop Fritters Makes 40 250g scallops 6 eggs 25g Parmesan, grated 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 cup (125g) plain flour 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh oregano oil, for shallow-frying mayonnaise, for serving, optional 1. Clean and roughly chop the scallops. Lightly beat the eggs and...

Smoked Cod Frittata

Smoked Cod Frittata Makes 12 slices 500g smoked cod 1 cup (250ml) milk 8 eggs 60g Parmesan, grated 60g Cheddar, grated 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 30g fresh basil leaves, torn 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1. Place the smoked cod in a pan with the milk mixed with enough...

Smoked Salmon Rolls

Smoked Salmon Rolls Makes 36 6 eggs 3 teaspoons cornflour 125g spreadable cream cheese 2 Tablespoons chopped pickled ginger 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh chives 200g sliced smoked salmon, chopped sprigs of fresh parsley, to garnish 1. Beat 1 egg in a bowl with 1 teaspoon water and half a...

Special Sausage Rolls

Special Sausage Rolls 6-7 sheets puff pastry, cut in half 1.5 kg of sausage mince 1 jar of mango chutney 2 eggs milk to brush Thaw the pastry and cut each sheet in half. Mix together the mince, chutney and eggs in a bowl. Fill meat mixture into large...

Steak on a Stick (Beef Kebabs)

Steak on a Stick (Beef Kebabs) Yield: 28 1-1/4 pounds well-trimmed beef top sirloin steak 2-3 tablespoons Zesty Herb Rub (below) 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 56 medium-small fresh mushrooms 28 six-inch skewers Olive oil non-stick cooking spray 1. Rinse the meat with cool water and pat it dry...

Steamed Pork Buns

Steamed Pork Buns Makes 10 buns 2 cups plain flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup warm water 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons reduced-salt soy sauce 2 tablespoons oyster sauce 2 tablespoons Shao hsing rice wine 2 teaspoons cornflour 1...

Steamed Prawn Dumplings

Steamed Prawn Dumplings 1 quantity transparent pastry Filling: 250 g / 8 oz raw prawn meat 2 tablespoons finely chopped ham fat 2 tablespoons finely chopped water chestnuts or bamboo shoot 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic chives 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar...

Sticky Chicken Wings

Sticky Chicken Wings 16 chicken wings 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup red wine 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp finely chop ginger 1. Preheat oven to 200c. 2. Trim away wing tips and lie wings in a baking tin in a single layer, skin side down. 3. Place soy...

Swedish Nuts

Swedish Nuts 3 1/2 cups mixed nuts 1/2 cup butter 2 egg whites 1 cup white sugar salt to taste Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place nuts on a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove nuts, and melt butter on pan....

Sweet Potato Bites

Photo by Kelli Sweet Potato Bites Makes 6, normal muffin size 1 medium sized sweet potato, peeled and diced into 2cm cubes A dob of butter 1/2 cup grated cheese 1 tsp curry powder (or more, to taste) 1 tsp garlic powder Salt and pepper 6 slices of bread,...

Tiny Spring Rolls (dry-fried)

Tiny Spring Rolls (dry-fried) 2 pkts of small spring roll wrappers will make 25 spring rolls 1 tbsp each of olive and sesame oils 1 tsp Thai yellow curry paste 1/2 bunch of coriander, Roots and leaves chopped finely 1/2 small block of firm tofu, diced 1 carrot, diced...

Tomato, Goat Cheese and Basil Bites

Tomato, Goat Cheese and Basil Bites Serves 6 2 large tomatoes, sliced 6 slices Italian bread cut into bite size pieces butter 3 tablespoons basil pesto 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 10 slices goat cheese Preheat grill and lightly grill...

Tostadas with Egg and Chorizo

Tostadas with Egg and Chorizo Makes 28 4 flour tortillas 25g butter, melted 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 chorizo sausage, peeled and finely chopped 25g butter 5 eggs, lightly beaten 3 Tablespoons milk 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh coriander, to garnish 1. To make the tostadas, preheat the oven to...

Vol-au-vents

Vol-au-vents Serving size: Serves 6 With a savoury filling, vol-au-vents (the name means “puff of wind”) make a popular entree, or, served with salad, they can be a satisfying light lunch. The recipe given here makes 6 cases. Repeat pastry recipe to make 12. Made in smaller size, they’re...