Let's party like it's 1965 this holiday season & break out the vol-au-vents. These little morsels of yumminess can see you through any entertaining this season from pre Christmas parties right through to a big ol' New Year's Eve bash. If you are looking for a pretty appetizer that takes no time to put together, this could just be what you are looking for. Now grab a glass of Bailey's and break out Bing Crosby because Christmas is coming!
It's December and I am thrilled! I absolutely love this time of year. From the Christmas music, the parties, making endless amount of food, watching Christmas movies and just feeling festive. I do love it all. Don't get me wrong though, I have my moments of "I hate Christmas!" In fact, I had a "minor" melt down just last night when I was down one advent calender to fill. Blood, sweat, tears and two hours later, I found it. Woke up to two happy kids this morning, so that was success. And it's only December 1st. Where's the wine cause I might need a trough!
Something else I enjoy this time of year is hosting a drinks and tapas party. It's tradition. You know, tradition like grandmas cookies. I probably hosted my first one about 13 years ago and I remember it well, as if it were only yesterday. Geez, I was only just reminded by my daughter today of how fast time goes. She doesn't need to remind this 40 something year old about where the time is going! Anyway, the tapas parties have become somewhat of a tradition and each Christmas I do my very best to host something big or small.
Apart from getting friends together for an evening of fun and Christmas cheer, I look forward to preparing the food. I look forward to it more than the Christmas lunch. I get to make all kinds of little bites that I normally would never have the opportunity to make and serve at home. For example, I can't see my kids tucking into these vol-au-vents. Ah, no. So, I go all out and make as many tapas that can fit on the table. Last year the selection grew to 18...eek. I didn't mean to make that many. However, it is fun to play around in the kitchen and see what works and what guests like the most. It is easy to tell at the end of the evening from the cleared away plates and then some sad looking ones in the corner untouched and unloved. The ladder don't usually get a second chance at the buffet table.....
All that being said, I am thinking ahead to our upcoming little tapas-to-do and these vol-au-vents just might grace the table. I have started testing some new recipes and this one is a winner. The husband and I ate them for dinner, all of them. Oops.
If you are planning a drinks mingle party or are going to an event, I think they are really great. They are easy to make and can even be done in advance. You can even make the pate the day before and just fill the cases a few hours before. I probably wouldn’t garnish them until serving because the dill will wilt and the berries might run.
Stay tuned over the next few weeks for many more holiday inspired recipes!
Smoked Salmon Pate Vol-au-vents
Makes 24 / Prep time: 15 minutes / Cook time: None
For the pate:
6 oz/150 Grams smoked salmon
8 oz/200 grams cream cheese
Juice of 1 1/2 lemons
2 Spring onions, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
Small bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped
24 Mini vol-au-vent cases
Fresh dill, garnish
Red currant berries, garnish
In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, lemon juice, spring onions, garlic, dill, salt and pepper. Stir really well to combine.
On a large chopping board, lay our the smoked salmon. Chop it into thin strips and then cut the strips into very small pieces. Continue chopping until the salmon is cut into very small pieces.
Add the salmon to the cream cheese mixture and stir well.
Spoon the mixture into the cases. Top with a sprig of fresh dill and a red currant berry.
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