Time to Party!
Christmas is the perfect party food season. Canapés and finger food are a great way to offer a varied selection of flavours when hosting festive parties.
“It’s important that canapés don’t lead you to struggle with other food orders so they must be cost effective, easy to produce and tasty – and memorable, ” says Mark Rigby, executive chef at Premier Foods.
What to do
According to Premier Foods Christmas Party Guide, customers want simple, traditional party food dishes – this isn’t the time to try out something new! Easy eating is everything, so make sure the food is designed to be consumed in one bite and make dishes which use ingredients you already have as part of your existing Christmas menu. Tempt partygoers with an attractive food display and be sure to cater for those with intolerances and dietary requirements such as vegan and vegetarian.
What to serve
• Rosemary, cranberry & brie bruschetta
• Cheese & pineapple sticks
• Mini Yorkshire puddings with roast turkey, gravy & cranberry sauce
• Turkey & cheese croquettes
• Mini pizza
• Blinis with goat’s cheese & cranberry sauce
• Chilli & lime battered prawns
• Sausage rolls with chutney
Potato dippers – ideal for dipping into a baked camembert topped with cranberries and caramelised walnuts for a luxurious sharing dish, or an indulgent vegetarian starter.
Focaccia rosemary – served warm, it provides a wonderful addition to sharing platters, or sliced, sized and toasted as a canapé base for a variety of toppings. Ideal for dipping into olive oil or balsamic oil.
French biscotte & toast – a great alternative to crackers or rolls, it’s perfect for dipping or serving alongside a selection of creamy cheeses or topping with pâté, hummus or smoked salmon and cream cheese.
Don’t forget desserts!
According to Premier Foods Christmas Party Guide, 70% of those people asked would like to see traditional, festive desserts on the menu, such as mince pies or Christmas pudding. You could also try:
• Mini custard mince pies
• Meringues with Baileys custard cream
• Christmas pudding truffles
• Trifle shots
Sources: Premier Food Christmas Party Guide, Schwartz, Lamb Weston and Pan’Artisan