‘Can you bring a plate?’
At this time of the year it is a reasonable request from your next Christmas party host, but if you’re anything like us you might as well have completely forgotten agreeing to the task. Somehow the party is suddenly TONIGHT and you’re preparing to scour the supermarket shelves desperately searching for inspo! But fear not, we’ve got your perfect plate of finger food sorted! So keep reading to check out these amazing and simple recipes for your next get together.
It is a common Christmas party dilemma, the good old ‘plate’ trick. It seemed innocuous enough, adhering to such a polite societal norm, but now the challenge you so readily accepted is nigh. All of a sudden the task is upon you to deliver that rare, perfect plate of finger food, one that doesn’t look suspiciously like you bought stuff from the frozen section and tried to jazz it up with a bowl of tomato sauce. Such stodge not only looks dodge, it is also very likely to have you ending up offering if around and scoffing a portion yourself to make it look more palatable. See? No, there is nothing wrong with soggy snag rolls. But Ms Perfect’s hand-made versions complete with rare Peruvian truffles simply cannot compare. Ah the unwanted calories!
In order to appear far more fab and avoid an unnecessary party weight blow out, here is some excellent alternatives that will have you sashaying about with your plate held up high. And guess what? They are all lo cal and delicious!
Nothing says Christmas like ham, and these little beauties will be snapped up faster than you can say ‘mele kilikimaka’. Simply skewer fresh pineapple chunks, Spanish onion and juicy ham pieces. To finish, drizzle them in olive oil, a little coconut amino (visit the health food aisle) and some lime juice. Grill or BBQ them to serve! YUM!
Prawns with AWESOME Sauce
You can buy these babies pre-cooked and serve with this mega-yum sauce that will have you appearing super-cheffy. Simply combine:
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1.5 tablespoons horseradish
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1.5 teaspoons siracha
Bacon and Baby Tomato Mini Frittatas
These are just so easy to make. These are great anytime, but especially a Chrissie brunch, btw. Simply combine in a bowl:
- a punnet of baby tomatoes
- 3 finely chopped rashes of bacon
- 8 large eggs
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- dash of salt & pepper
Then pour the ingredients into a prepared muffin tray to bake for 15-20 minutes on 180 degrees. So delicious!
Prawns with Mint and Melon Balls
Another super simple prawn recipe that is equally fresh and delicious. Simply BBQ or grill the prawns on skewers and serve with balled watermelon and fresh mint! An absolute taste sensation – trust us.
Prosciutto Wrapped Figs
As simple as it sounds, and such a great combination of flavours, they are sure to disappear fast!
Bruschetta on Rye Toast
For this favourite Italian go-to finger food, we like to use fresh tomato, basil, goats cheese and a dash of lemon. To make it a breaky-style bruschetta, we also like to add some creamy avo to bring this dish to tastier life. Yes, please!
What about something sweet?
Finally, if the host has asked you for something sweeter, try a gorgeous fruit and cheese platter instead of piling on the deli meats. Classic Christmas fruits in Australia include mangoes and berries that bring wonderful colour, and are delicious, healthy foods that everyone loves to munch on, especially with a few cheeky almonds chucked in along side! Berry Christmas!