Finger food

Essential at parties, or instead of a starter at an informal gathering, or to serve with drinks... these recipes will soon win a place in your regular repertoire as they're easy and irresistible!

 
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Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese CroutonsServes 4

Anchoïade with Toasted Goats' Cheese Croutons

Anchovies, mi-cuit tomatoes, olives, oregano: all strong flavours, but combine them in a processor and you end up with this lovely pate-like result. Spread it on to toasted bread for a type of bruschetta - useful as nibbles at a party.

 
 
Roquefort and Potato Scones with SageMakes 6

Roquefort and Potato Scones with Sage

Easy to make, these wonderful savoury scones will vanish in seconds! Although it may sound unusual to add Roquefort, potato and sage to scones, it actually works really well.

 
 
Star-shaped biscuitsMakes 12 biscuits

Star-shaped biscuits

Essentially these are plain biscuits, given the star treatment with icing, silver balls and anything else you care to add! Hang them on the tree or give as gifts (a great way to keep children busy too!)

 
 
Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Rare Beef and Horseradish and Mustard Crème Fraîche SauceMakes 24

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Rare Beef and Horseradish and Mustard Crème Fraîche Sauce

These stunning little canapes are heaven on a plate! Cold Yorkshire pudding may not sound that alluring but add rare roast beef and you have the most brilliant combination. A party must!

 
 
Summer Crudités with Three DipsServes 6 to 8 people as a first course or 12 to 15 at a drinks party

Summer Crudités with Three Dips

When the heat is on, you either don't feel like cooking or even eating a great deal. This recipe fits the bill perfectly and would also be ideal at a drinks party or as a nibble before dinner.

 
 
Prune and Armagnac Chocolate LogServes 6-8

Prune and Armagnac Chocolate Log

A flavour of Christmas here - a chocolate log with a wonderful filling of chocolate mousse and prunes in Armagnac. It would also make the most impressive dessert - minus the holly! - at any time of the year.

 
 
Bloody Mary TomatoesServes 6

Bloody Mary Tomatoes

Marinate tomatoes in vodka, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce for a couple of days and you'll have a canape that's an explosion of flavours!

 
 
Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake with Fruit and Nuts served with Creme FraicheServes 6-8

Chocolate Mascarpone Cheesecake with Fruit and Nuts served with Creme Fraiche

OK, this isn't the healthiest dessert on record, but we all deserve a no-holds-barred bit of indulgence now and then. Anyone who loves chocolate will thrill to this wonderful baked cheesecake. To avoid it cracking, allow to cool in the oven.

 
 
Buche de Noel (Chocolate Chestnut Log)Serves 8-10

Buche de Noel (Chocolate Chestnut Log)

Light and lovely, this chocolate chestnut log would make a great centrepiece at a Christmas party.

 
 
Little Croustades filled with Gravadlax and Soured CreamMakes 12

Little Croustades filled with Gravadlax and Soured Cream

Easy yet impressive, you simply have to add these to your party food repertoire. Use guacamole or smoked salmon instead of gravadlax if you prefer.

 
 
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