7 idiot-proof festive starters to make in 30 mins or less

2015-12-23 06:00

THESE fast and no-fuss recipes will make your meal look like it was made by a pro.

Spice up your festive season feasting with 7 easy-to-make appetisers and starters.

Mushroom party caps – In less than a half hour you’ve got finger food filled mushrooms oozing with cheese, topped with buttery pine nuts.

Rainbow trout terrine – Layers of beautiful pink elegance that can be spread onto crackers or freshly baked French bread. You can make this dish well ahead of time and top with fennel right before serving.

Camembert with figs and honey on the braai – Creamy, sweet, and savoury this starter has only a 5 minute prep time, but is always a crowd pleaser. While this is heating up on the braai, toast a soft roll of ciabatta right alongside the Camembert.

Easy bacon chilli poppers – Wrap bacon around almost anything and it’s probably going to be pretty tasty, add the contrast of spicy jalapenos and stuff them with cheese and it’ll undoubtedly be a Merry Christmas. Make extra.

Parma ham, pear and blue cheese wraps – In less than 15 minutes you can craft impressive chic starters bursting with light and summery flavours. Arrange ahead of time and drizzle olive oil over right before serving.

Spicy lamb meatballs – A little something that’s hearty. Serve warm or at room temperature with a creamy dipping sauce.
Nectarines wrapped in prosciutto – No cooking involved, these fruity colourful hors d'oeuvre will take just a few minutes to prepare. Ideal for a warm setting with a cocktail in hand.
- FOOD24

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