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simple party canapés.

hope you all had a wonderful christmas. here are a few snaps of the christmas canapés which i made as a starter to the main event. sitting here eating a million selection boxes and working out what leftover turkey recipe to try next, it thought i'd post these up as inspiration for party food recipe ideas for new year's eve.

to start...
balsamic red pepper and pine nut tarts
ham and cheddar pinwheels
king prawn and salmon mousse blinis

shopping list.
red pepper tarts
♥ one red pepper, roughly sliced
♥ one garlic bulb finely chopped
♥ 1 tbsp tomato puree
♥ 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
♥ 1 tsp smoked paprika
♥ salt and pepper to taste
♥ half a block of puff pastry, plus flour to dust
♥ a handful of pine nuts, toasted
optional: electric blender

ham and cheese pinwheels
♥ half a block of puff pastry
♥ one free range egg, beaten
♥ six slices of ham
♥ 15g cheddar cheese, grated
♥ salt and pepper
optional: skewers

king prawn blinis
♥ 10 blinis
♥ 10 king prawns
juice of half a lemon
♥ half a cucumber
♥ salmon mousse or pate
♥ salt and pepper

for the red pepper tarts, roll out the pastry sheet on a floured surface and cut into small rectangles. for the topping, blend together the red pepper and garlic, then cook in a saucepan on a very low heat together with the balsamic vinegar, paprika, seasoning and tomato puree. simply paste onto the puff pastry and bake on 180 degrees c for 25 minutes. finish with toasted pine nuts.

for the ham and cheese pinwheels, roll out the pastry to a rectangle and paste with egg wash. layer on your ham and cheese and use skewers to secure. bake for 20 minutes at 180, carefully slice up and bake for a further 5 minutes.

for the blinis, simply toss your king prawns in lemon, salt and pepper. layer up with salmon mousse, cucumber and finish with extra black pepper. simple!

i prepared the other two puff pastry dishes ahead and assembled the king prawn one on the day. no fuss party food - eat as much or as little as you like. preferable followed by a massive christmas dinner...

hope you all had a lovely christmas and have lots of fun plans for the new year! 


  1. I love them!, they are so quick & easy to make even I could make them!

  2. Going to give the red pepper ones a go for our NYE party tomorrow! :) x

    1. Oooh I'm so pleased! Make sure you tweet me a pic. I think they'd be nice with fresh basil on top to finish too x

  3. these look delicious!! and so quick and easy to make!! x

  4. What a lovely selection that would appeal to all ages and tastes! My children would love those cheese and ham pin wheels and I really fancy those red pepper tartlets!! I am going to make some tomorrow for New year's Eve! Thank you!

    1. Aww thanks Tracy! Make sure you send me a piccie of you do xx

  5. The prawn blinis look delicious! (wish I'd thought of those)

    1. So easy peasy with all my favourite flavours. Thank you :)

  6. Oh great these look yummy and really easy and gonna have to have a go at them, Brill, Thanks