A little Christmas cheat


A little Christmas cheat

Preparation for Christmas consists of seemingly endless lists and a little (or a lot) of stress. However, if we remember that Christmas is about spending time with loved ones and celebrating together then it may just put all the stress to the back of our minds.

Another way to alleviate some of the hassle is to prep ahead of time. Christmas nibbles that you can pull out of the freezer and dazzle your guests with are perfect and stress-free!

Making things ahead of the big day helps to spread the cost and the mess. The main thing to keep in mind when prepping the food early is that you need to have enough room in the freezer to store it all. Learn from my mistakes as I now have all my Christmas party food stored 6 miles away at our work kitchen!

Here is one of my personal favourite recipes, twisted cheese and chorizo straws –

You will need:

2 sheets of puff pastry

1 egg

1 table spoon of mustard – any type

100gr chorizo or smoked bacon

4 spring onions

60gr parmesan cheese

1 stick of celery

Method:

Remove the skin from the chorizo and dice into small pieces, or slice the bacon, throw into a hot pan and cook until deliciously crispy.

In a small chopper or magi mix add the chorizo / bacon, chopped spring onions, grated parmesan cheese, celery stick and whizz it into a chunky paste.

Lay out a sheet of puff pastry and prick it all over with a fork.

Now crack the egg and beat it with the mustard.

Spread this generously over the pastry.

Next spread over the chunky paste.

Lay down the second sheet of pastry, prick it, egg wash it and lay it over the top.

Gently stick them together.

TOP TIP! – Place in the fridge and allow to cool as it is much easier to cut and twist when it is firm and chilled.

A few hours later, remove from the fridge and cut strips length ways about a centimetre wide.

Twist one hand to the right and another to the left until you have a lovely twist of pastry with the colour of the chorizo coiled through.

Put them back on the baking tray and into the freezer.

On Christmas morning put them on a baking tray from frozen and into the oven at 175 degrees C for about 8-12 minutes.

Other fillings that you could try are sautéed leek & brie, red onion, tomato and Caerphilly cheese or blue cheese, walnut and celery – all are equally delicious!

The family will be queuing at the oven door!

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