During the festive season I find it easier to cook buffet style meals so that I’m prepared should someone drop by unexpectedly, the option to serve yourself has always gone down well with Mini Gourmand and the following dishes are things that we always eat at this time of year.
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This Chicken Tikka buffet salad will serve 8-10 alongside other dishes or 4 as a main meal.
You will need:2 large Chicken Breasts 2 Tablespoons Tikka Curry Paste 200gPlain Yoghurt 1/2 cucumber 6 Radishes 1 Red Onion 2 Sticks Celery 1 Round Lettuce 4 Tomatoes Coriander Poppadoms Mango Chutney
Marinade the chicken breasts in 100g of yoghurt and the curry paste, cook in the oven until cooked and allow to cook before slicing.
Arrange the salad into layers, top with the chicken, coriander and crushed poppadoms. Make a sauce by mixing the yoghurt and mango chutney.
This Game Pie will serve 8 alongside other dishes or 6 as a main meal. I created this dish for the slow cooker but I’m sure it will taste just fine cooked in the oven.
You will need:500g mixed game meat 4 Potatoes cubed 1 Tomato diced 2 Carrots chopped 1 Stick of Celery chopped 300g Chestnut mushrooms chopped 200ml Red Wine 2 Tablespoons flour seasoned with salt and pepper 2 sprigs of thyme 500ml beef stock
Coat the game in seasoned flour and gently brown in a hot pan, add to the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients and cook for 1 hour on high followed by 8 hours on low. Transfer to an oven proof dish and top with puff pastry. Cook for 20-30 mins until the pastry is browned and the gravy is thickened.
This recipe will make 10 large spring rolls or 20 small ones. I cook my spring rolls in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add meat or seafood.
You will need:Grated Carrot Sweetcorn Beansprouts Spring Onion Sweet Chilli Sauce Pack of Filo Pastry Olive oil
Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a small amount of vegetables and a sprinkle of chilli sauce, fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.
This recipe will make 10 large parcels or 20 small ones. I cook my parcels in the oven but you could cook them in a deep fat fryer if you need to and of course you can add other sauces like cranberry.
You will need:I Pack of Brie Mango Chutney Pack of Filo Pastry Olive oil
Using a pastry brush paint over a sheet of filo pastry, add a cube of brie and a teaspoon of mango chutney. Fold as shown in the video and bake in the oven until browned.
You could make this curry with any meat or leave the meat out and just have a vegetable curry. This curry will serve 6 as a main course or 10 with other foods. I cooked this curry for 8 hours on low in the slow cooker but it could be cooked on the hob in an hour if needed.
You will need:2 onions, diced
500g diced potato 4 Chicken breasts, diced
2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
1/2 head of white cabbage chopped 200g mushrooms 2 teaspoons Cumin 1 teaspoon ground Coriander Seed 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of grated Ginger 1 teaspoon Turmeric 1 teaspoon hot Paprika 1 red chilli finely chopped 1 bay leaf.
Place everything in the slow cooker pot and cook on low for 8 hours. If you need to add more water add a small amount at a time.
The Lamb Kofta sausage rolls can either be made in pastry or served on their own.
You will need:500g lamb mince 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp ground coriander 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp chopped mint 1 pack of puff pastry