Christmas preparations part 4
In my series of pre-preparing Christmas foods, I want to emphasize on small food, party food or snacks if you like. These are the most time consuming, they take time to make and often mess up your kitchen which is about the last thing you are looking for on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.
For many making party snacks is something we dare not touch and then we resort to a can of tuna or salmon and some crackers. You can however make some delicious and popular snacks way in advance and simply finish them on the day.
Your vacuum sealer is your best friend and will keep your home made products in perfect condition.
If you do not have one, find yours here:
Mini Sausage rolls are popular, easier to make then you might think, a pleasant surprise and you can even make some with vegetables or vegetarian sausages in case you have some vegetarian guests.
Make a bit of variety, you can use minced meat and spice it up yourself with some herbs (sage, oregano and parley or cilantro), mustard and grated cheese, or use a variety of good quality sausages, Chorizo, fresh pork sausages, venison, Italian, beef, chicken, all work very well.
Remove the skin from the sausages and form the meat back to a roll, place them on sheets of puff pastry, wet the edges of the pastry, fold over.
Then just press the edge tight with a fork, cut to size and freeze.
Freeze them first, so they stay nicely in shape, then vacuum and they keep in your freezer for up to 3 months.
To finish, defrost overnight in the vacuum bag, brush with egg wash and bake in a pre-heated oven at 325 F for 15 to 20 minutes until crisp and golden brown.
Sprinkle with some sesame or poppy seeds before baking for a nice finish.
Serve hot or at room temperature.
They are so much better than the store bought ones, give it a try!
I love these
Another great snack in this category are filo pastry pockets, you can make them a month in advance as well and keep them vacuumed in your freezer.
Here is a recipe how to make them
1 packet filo pastry
2 oz melted butter
1 bunch fresh chives (optional)
For the filling:
Make a few different fillings; it’s nice to have a bit of variety of flavors.
Note: Do not tie the chives around the pockets before baking; they will burn in the oven.
Two scrumptious snacks or finger foods if you like, to make way ahead, pop in the oven and you’re done.
Cold finger foods to make in advance will feature in the next Christmas preparation post.
By: Marinus Hoogendoorn