Top party food ideas

Top party food ideas

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of the most wonderful time of the year, and it sounds like clinking glasses, and vol-au-vents and canapés being politely passed around at soirées up and down the country. It also happens to be one of my favourite times of the year (no surprise there – with so many opportunities to go all out with my recipes, treat our friends and family and show off a little, I mean, what’s not to love?!).

So, with only four weeks to go until Christmas, and with party season in full swing, I thought I’d share some of my top party food ideas. Whatever your style, from glitzy and sparkly drinks parties, to cosy chilled out get-togethers with friends and family (I think my style is somewhere in-between, a strange ‘chilled-out glam’ hybrid), these dig-in delights are sure to wow your guests.

Party food

Beef carpaccio tartlets605x250_carpaccio_tartlets-600x250Beef carpaccio is an absolute treat as it lets the fantastic flavour of quality Scotch Beef shine through. Practice your chopping skills, there’s a lot of very fine slicing involved in this recipe.

Mediterranean roasted field mushrooms stuffed with shredded Scotch Beef
MEDITERRANEAN-ROASTED-FIELD-MUSHROOMS21-600x250Who needs a tart or pastry base when you have delicious field mushrooms? And topped with melt-in-your-mouth tasty shredded beef, it’s party food heaven.

Individual toad in the hole
RC_B210_INDIVIDUAL-TOAD-IN-THE-HOLES2-600x300Is there anything better than a roast dinner? A mini little bite-sized roast dinner, that you can dip in horseradish sauce! This recipe uses Scotch Beef instead of sausages, for extra festive flavour.

Meatball kebabs
605x250_meatball_kebabs-600x250These tasty kebabs deliver such a riot of flavours, spices and aromas. An all-time favourite at every get-together chez Suzie’s.

Scotch Beef Chinese beef dumplings
Chinese-Beef-Dumplings-Header-Image-600x250Who doesn’t love dumplings? (That’s a rhetorical question – I do actually have a friend who won’t touch them, she doesn’t know what she’s missing out on, but that’s a story for another time). The beauty of these is that they’re so versatile, so you can play around with different ingredients for the filling.

Spiced lamb lollipops with korma sauce
Screen-Shot-2015-08-21-at-17.46.45-600x300I cooked this for the first time in the summer and it’s quickly become one of my faves – Scotch Lamb lollipops + korma sauce + toasted almonds = finger-licking goodness.

Sweet stuff and festive tipples

Now, your party menu is never complete without dessert and a cocktail or two, and for this I took some inspiration from Lisette and Sarah Lou, two of the bloggers that attended our Scotch Beef meat-up not too long ago.

Chocolate orange clementines with sea salt
IMG_9544The humble traditional stocking filler gets some festive love. It’s easy peasy to make, and the added sea salt gives it a lovely kick.

Pistachio white chocolate bark
IMG_9519Lisette’s heavenly chocolate bark also makes a lovely Christmas gift and couldn’t be easier to make.

Elderflower syrup, vanilla and pear champagne
DSC_01011Sarah Lou actually made her own elderflower syrup for this, but since we’re nowhere near elderflower season, I think the rest of us can get away with just buying it from the shops to make this ever-so-elegant Champagne cocktail.

Orange and cranberry spritz
goodfoodFor those who can’t drink alcohol, this mocktail is full of fizzy, fruity, festive cheer – it always goes down a treat with my pregnant friends!

Happy cooking!

Suzie x

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