This is part 6 of the Holiday Helper series I’ve been writing throughout December to help you prepare and plan for the season’s parties, or to help you with recipe ideas for drinks, BBQ foods and now today we’re onto snacks. If you’ve missed the other Holiday Helper posts don’t worry, they’re all here. And they’re not written purely for Christmas, you can use any of the ideas in my Holiday Helper series to help you with parties for other occasions too.
In today’s post I’ve gathered together plenty of snack recipes – whether you need a fancy canape, a sweet treat, or you want a lazy way of making snacks, it’s all here. Take a look at the recipe ideas below and share this post around with all your friends and family if you’ve found it useful.
- Devilled eggs (these are easy to make and tasty).
- Melon and prosciutto skewers (easy to multiply the recipe and make many more).
- Pancetta and cheese mini frittatas (very versatile – easy to make vegetarian as well).
- Avocado and cherry tomato wontons (they’re versatile because you can bake the wontons and fill with any topping you prefer).
- Polenta rounds with prosciutto, bocconcini and pesto (switch out the prosciutto for smoked salmon, or replace it with a very thinly sliced vegetable to make it a vegetarian recipe).
- Potato cakes with smoked salmon
Make a few dips to eat with a selection of raw veggies or crackers of various types. Here’s a selection of dips from Jamie Oliver recipes:
Lazy man snacks
- Almond-stuffed dates
- Antipasto platter (just open the jars and packets and arrange nicely on a platter).
- Apricot, almond and chocolate fudge (it’s all made in the food processor then chilled in the fridge).
- Baked chicken nuggets (if you can’t find cornflake crumbs, just bash some cornflakes around until they look like crumbs – it’ll give you the same effect).
- Baked ricotta (use it as a dip for crackers and veggies).
- Roasted cauliflower (make it lazier by using powdered spices and just roasting rather than blanching and roasting).
- Spiced chickpeas and cashews
Snacks that require a little more time
- Chocolate baubles (there’s a surprise marshmallow on the inside!).
- Chocolate, quinoa, seeds and nut bars (this one’s gluten free too).
- White chocolate coconut balls.
- Chocolate hazelnut fairy cakes
- Raspberry and banana mini muffins
- Kris Kringle Slice (I made this one last year in my Best Baked Bits of 2014).
|Try the Kris Kringle slice.|
Quick BBQ snacks
- Barbecued piri piri prawns
- Barbecued lime and chilli chicken skewers
- BBQ haloumi and vegetable skewers
- Chilli-buttered BBQ corn cobs
- Saffron-spiked chicken kebabs
- BBQ chicken drumsticks (make these as a snack early in the night, or make them part of the main BBQ meal).
Other Snack Ideas
And here’s a list of ideas that just didn’t fit into the other categories but that I really wanted to share with you.
- Pea, tarragon, prawn and almond cakes (serve them without the salad and make them mini patties to have them as warm finger food).
- Pumpkin and feta pies
- Salted calamari
- Goats cheese truffles
- Egyptian eggs with dukkah (if you don’t have time to make your own dukkah, buy some from the supermarket – Greg Malouf makes his own brand you can by too).
Hopefully there is a snack or finger food here that you’d love to try making these holidays. Maybe you’ll make them for the family, or at a new years eve bash for friends. Whatever you do make, enjoy the hard work, but make sure you take the time to relax and talk with guests as well (we don’t want you in the kitchen all night!).
Happy holidays everyone!!
Question: Which kind of party snack can’t you get enough of these holidays?