How To Serve Canapés

Hosting over the festive season and hoping to stay calm under pressure? Ben Purton, Executive Head Chef at Lancaster London Hotel on Hyde Park, has kindly shared his top tips for making sure your festive events go without a hiccup (apart from the mulled wine induced ones of course!)

Ben says: “The festive season is a time for family to get together, celebrate and relax so the food should follow suit.”

  1. Don’t over complicate the process and choose a few easy winners that you can bring out as and when needed.
  2. I love…love…love pigs in blankets and eat them in excess at this time of year. They make the perfect canapé simply roasted off and drizzled in a mix of honey and grain mustard and served on a skewer.
  3. Simple smoked salmon served on crisped up rye bread (you can use other breads too) and finished with a dollop of soured cream and a sprinkle of chives always goes down well. If you’re feeling like a bit of luxury – add a little caviar!
  4. Turkey leftovers are a great thing. Try frying off some finely shredded onions and a little curry powder and adding the turkey (small diced) and a few sultanas and combining well. Leave to chill and mix in a bit of mayo and serve on a crisp baby gem leaf garnished with coriander.
  5. For a sweet fix – make a great flapjack (or buy some) and when baked and cooled top with dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds that have been bound together with a little reduced orange juice – yum!

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