Lidl School of Christmas: Easy festive nibbles

Thinking ahead to the Christmas Day spread? We've teamed up with Lidl to get help with the trickier parts of festive cooking. 

Enter Michelin star awarded chef, Kevin Love, and Mumsnet blogger Heledd, of Running In Lavender, to tackle everything from sprucing up sprouts to a show-stopping alternative to traditional Christmas pud - plus the secret to a perfectly cooked bird.

First off, it's Christmas canap├ęs: fig and prosciutto skewers, and tostaditas with a spiced pear relish. Quick, easy, elegant - and a welcome break from pastry-based party nibbles. 

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Easy festive nibbles



Ingredients 

For the skewers (makes 12)

  • 3 fresh figs
  • 6 slices of prosciutto, sliced in half lengthways
  • 1 pack of mozarella balls
  • 1 bunch of mint leaves (washed)
  • dark balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt & black pepper

For the tostaditas with spiced pear relish (makes 8)

  • 1 Mediterranean herb wrap
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • 1 pear, peeled and finely diced
  • 150g of goats cheese (or any soft cheese)
  • 2 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of runny honey
  • 1/2 red chilli, deseeded and very finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped

Method

For the skewers:

1. Cut figs into quarters and drizzle them with olive oil, dark balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of salt and pepper

2. Cut your mozzarella balls in half

3. Slice the prosciutto pieces lengthways before folding them into small package shapes

4. Stack your skewers: mozarella, then prosciutto, followed by a small mint leaf and finally into the fresh fig

  Tip: if you cut the bottom off of your fig to make it flat, the skewer will stand upright


For the tostaditas with spiced pear relish:

1. Cut your tortilla wrap into 8 pieces (like a pizza)

  Tip: Cutting the rounded edges off will make these more bite-sized

2. Brush them with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper, before popping into a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 5-6 minutes, until crisp. When they're done, leave to cool

3. Mix together the remaining ingredients (pear, cheese, lemon juice, honey, chilli and coriander) to create your spiced pear relish, and dollop on top. Garnish with a touch more chilli and a sprig of coriander








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Last updated: 4 months ago