Archive for appetisers

Cheese Shapes

My kids have a fascination with “cheese biscuits” and it makes a nice change from making cookies all the time. This recipe works well …

Cheese Shapes – Makes 20 (depending on size)

125g/4oz Plain Flour
Cayenne Pepper
50g/2oz Butter
50g/20z Grated Cheese
1 Egg Yolk
Cold water

Set oven to 200C/400F or Gas Mark 6

  1. Sieve the flour into a  big bowl and add the cayenne pepper
  2. Cut the butter into small cubes with a blunt knife. Rub the pieces into the flour so that it looks like breadcrumbs.
  3. Grate the cheese and stir it into butter and flour.
  4. Add the egg yolk and enough water to make stiff dough.
  5. Knead until the dough is smooth.
  6. On a lightly floured table roll the dough until it is 1cm thick.
  7. Cut into shapes with a cutter or a knife.
  8. Carefully place the shapes onto a baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Leave to cool on a wire rack.


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Mash an avocado, add 2 spoons of sour cream, some diced red onion and some coriander and spread it on crostini which is bread sliced and dried out in the oven.  

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Apple Cheese Crostini

Apple Cheese Appetisers


Slice up a loaf of baguette bread, fairly thin

Top each piece of bread with carmelized onions, thin slice of apple and slice of brie cheese

Bake in oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese


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Mini Pizzas

Mini Pizza recipe.

Pastry  - 1 cup plain flour, 2oz/60g grated cheese(finely grated) 2oz/60g butter 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon cold water. Rub butter into flour, add cheese, egg and water to make dough.

Roll out and cut into 5cm/2" rounds.

Place a slice of tomato on each, top with some grated cheese and sprinkle on a pinch of mixed herbs   Bake in moderate oven 10-15 mins.

They freeze quite well and this recipe makes about 25

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Curry Puffs

These are a yummy appetiser, but we’ve also had them for a meal, with a salad on the side




250g/8oz ground beef/mince


1 tablespoon soya sauce

1 tablespoon oil

1 onion

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon cornflour

2 tablespoons water

1 beef stock cube

375g/12oz  puff pastry


Combine beef, salt, pepper and soya sauce, mix well.

Heat oil in a pan and saute finely chopped onion and ginger.

Stir in curry powder. cook 1 minute.

Add meat mixture to pan and stir until meat is brown.Drain off excess fat.

Blend cornflour with wateradd to meat mixture with crumbled stock cube.Cook a further minute.Allow to cool.

Cut pastry into squares. Put a spoonful of meat mixture onto each.Brush edges of pastry with water.Fold in half a press down firmly.

Bake in the oven (220C/450F) for about 10-15 minutes.

Serve with a dipping sauce of fruit chutney (1 cup), 1 teaspoon grated ginger and1 teaspoon soya sauce.

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