With Christmas approaching you’re probably finding that your social calendar is filling up fast with work Christmas parties and last minute gatherings with friends and family before the 25th. Perhaps this year you’re going all out and hosting a few parties or even hosting Christmas Day itself? If you are hosting Christmas Day, you probably don’t need too much inspiration for the dinner but thinking of little snacks, starters and desserts to keep your guests’ tastebuds tingling can be difficult. We’re here to help with our inspirational recipes for some Christmas bites.
Ricotta and Prosciutto Crackers
Our first recipe is a different type of Christmas Cracker, a much tastier one. These delicious ricotta and prosciutto crackers take under 20 minutes to prepare so could easily be whipped up in the morning!
- 7 oz Ricotta Cheese
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 3 oz Prosciutto ham
- 1 box Salt Crackers
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Honey for drizzling
- Mix the Ricotta Cheese, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
- Using a spatula, smear the ricotta mixture on each cracker so that each cracker is thinly covered.
- Cut the prosciutto into small triangles, enough for all of your crackers and then roll each piece of prosciutto into a small cone shape and place one on each cracker.
- Once all crackers are topped with prosciutto, drizzle a small amount of honey over each cracker.
Pork and Cranberry Sausage Rolls
We could probably write hundreds of delicious Christmas recipes that involve cheese but for those that aren’t cheese lovers, try this classic festive recipe. After all, everything is just a bit more Christmassy if you add cranberries to it, right?
- 350g minced pork
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 sheet of ready rolled puff pastry (about 320g)
- About 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
- Beaten egg to glaze
- Preheat the oven to 200℃ /180℃ fan/gas mark 6.
- Place the minced pork in a mixing bowl.
- Add the chopped shallot and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
- Cut the pastry sheet in half lengthways. Shape half the meat mixture into one long sausage and place in the middle of one piece of the pastry.
- Spoon a little cranberry sauce along the length of sausagemeat.
- Brush along the edge of the pastry with a little beaten egg, then fold the pastry over to enclose the filling.
- Press the pastry together with a fork to seal.
- Cut into 8 pieces and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- Repeat to make another 8 sausage rolls.
- Bake for 25 minutes until golden. Serve warm or cold.
Christmas Pudding Truffles
We couldn’t forget about dessert when giving you ideas for Christmas, could we? Obviously the tradition is Christmas pudding, but if that just isn’t for you or your guests, try this tasty alternative.
- Break up the Christmas pudding or fruitcake in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until it forms coarse crumbs.
- Place the dark chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water.
- Stir until the ingredients melt together and the mixture becomes smooth.
- Add the melted chocolate and brandy to the Christmas pudding or fruitcake crumbs, and stir to combine.
- Line a tray with baking paper. Roll large tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls, and place on the lined tray. Transfer into the fridge to chill for 45 minutes.
- Meanwhile, place the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan half-filled with simmering water.
- Stir until the chocolate has melted and becomes smooth. Use a teaspoon or piping bag to drizzle the melted white chocolate over the truffles, and decorate with the slices of cherries.
Hopefully we’ve inspired you to make some tasty treats you wouldn’t have thought of this year. If you choose to follow our recipes this Christmas, be sure to share them with us on our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages!Back to the Magazine