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Astrid & Erik’s Fantasy Christmas Buffet Party – with Wine Matching & Recipes

Astrid & Erik’s Fantasy Christmas Buffet Party

Christmas Buffet Party for 20 guests

 Antipasti Platter

Antipasti Platter

(Large platter made up of a selection of Parma Ham, Bresaola, Salami with Fennel Seeds, Pepperoni, Olives, Caperberries, Juicy Melon, Tiny yellow & red Tomatoes, Slices of salty cheese, Radishes with small bowl of Maldon Salt, Marinated Mushrooms and drizzled lightly with a fruity, extra virgin Olive Oil just before serving.)

Hummous & Crudites

Hummous & Crudites

(A centre bowl of Hummous surrounded by red/yellow and orange hollowed out peppers, each filled with fingers of either raw carrot, raw celery, baby sweetcorn, with a large basket of chunks of pitta bread)

Guacamole and Tortilla Chips

Guacamole & Tortilla Chips

(A centre bowl of Guacamole, surrounded by bowls of spicy tortilla chips)

Bruschetta with Various Toppings

“Serve Yourself’ Bruschetta

(Small slices of French Baguettes, pre-oiled & garlicked, fried –can be prepared hours ahead – with bowls of Soft Goats Cheese, sliced Tomatoes, sliced Red Onion, Broad Bean & Pea Puree on Bruschetta , Duck Pate, Wild Salmon Pate, Anchovies in oil)

Individual Bruschetta

Nibbles of Small Bowls of Spicy Hot Nuts, Manchego & Quince Jelly 0n sticks, Melon Cubes & Black Olives on Sticks, Hot Spicy Chillies, Fried Glace Cherries wrapped in Bacon.

(If you’ve not tried large Glace cherries, wrapped in streaky bacon and fried in a non-stick pan until the bacon is almost crisp and the cherries are gooey sweet, the taste sensation will amaze you and you’ll want to eat the lot.)

Nibbles

Mini Spiced Mince Pies

Crumbly warm Mince Pies just out of the AGA 

We all have our own favourite recipe for Mince Pies – I just love using all my small cutters such as an Angel, a Robin, a small Christmas Tree and Crackers to decorate the tops of mine.

Chocolate Refrigerator Cake

Mini Chocolate Fridge Cake

(made in small bun tins as finger food)

(Dark Chocolate, crushed Hobnobs, Golden Syrup, mixed with Crushed Brazil nuts, crushed Hazel Nuts, flaked Almonds, Dried Cranberries and Dried Blueberries)  So chocolatey rich, crumbly and fruity, I have to freeze these or I would eat them all up straight away.

 Click Here for the Mini Chocolate Fridge Cake Recipe

The reason that this is called Astrid & Erik’s Fantasy Christmas Buffet Party is that we love giving parties at Christmas (or any other time of the year) but as some of you know, we are moving house in January, and already our rooms are turning into huge storage rooms, overflowing with boxes. So this is just to give me (Astrid) a quick fix pretending that we will have this party. 

Now next year, Party Time will be in our new house.  Can’t wait!

We are lucky enough to have our new friend, Tom Greef, our wine expert from Waitrose, who is giving Wine Matching Tips for our party food.  Must say, I love the sound of his wine selections. Click here to read his post.

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2 Responses to Astrid & Erik’s Fantasy Christmas Buffet Party – with Wine Matching & Recipes

  1. Dr Dawes January 20, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    I can vouch for the glacé cherries with bacon, I was lucky enough to be there when Astrid was cooking these to be photographed and they are amazing, I could have easily eaten the lot! Yum!

  2. Astrid January 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    Thanks so much Dr. Nic – What with all this packing and moving house, almost forgotten Christmas. But the reminder of the cherries wrapped in bacon and fried bought it all back to me. Keep warm and take care all of you. Much love XX

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