Party finger food
Here are a number of easy, stylish and delicious recipes to serve at your next party. There's everything from Devilled Nuts to Curried Sesame Chicken and Choc-Mint Meringues. Whatever your party is celebrating you'll be sure your guests will be well fed.
- Preheat the oven to a slow 150°C.
- Spread the nuts in a single layer on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes.
- Whisk the egg until frothy, then add the nuts, curry powder, cumin and salt. Toss together and return to the oven for a further 10- 15 minutes, then allow to cool.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large pan.
- Toss the thawed ravioli in the polenta.
- When oil is hot drop a small cube of bread into it. The bread should turn brown in 1-2 minutes.
- Fry the ravioli in batches until golden.
- Serve with a good quality spicy tomato sauce or salsa.
- Cut lamb into thin strips. Pound strips lightly to flatten, cut into 4 cm lengths. Thread strips onto 30 small skewers, about 13 cm long.
- Place kebabs in a shallow dish; pour over combined oil, juice, garlic, herbs, pepper and mustard. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- Drain lamb and reserve marinade. Heat extra oil in a large pan, add kebabs in batches, cook over high heat until lamb is browned and just tender; remove kebabs from pan. Add reserved marinade to pan and bring to the boil. Pour over kebabs – serve warm or cold.
- Decorate platter with sliced chilli, capsicums cherry tomatoes.
Curried Sesame Chicken
Makes approx. 30
Can be made a day ahead
- Cut chicken into 2 cm pieces. Blend or process yoghurt, chutney, sherry, vinegar, paste, garlic and spices until combined.
- Combine chicken with ¾ cup (180 ml) of the marinade in a bowl, cover, refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Reserve remaining marinade for serving.
- Heat large pan, add undrained chicken mixture and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes or until chicken is tender. Toss chicken in seeds.
- Serve hot or cold with reserved marinade.
- Beat egg whites and sugar in a small bowl with an electric mixer for about 10 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is stiff and glossy.
- Fold in peppermint crisps. Drop tablespoons of mixture into small 5cm paper patty cases on oven trays. Bake in a very slow oven (usually 120° C) for about 45 minutes or until firm.
- Cool in oven with door ajar