Will Holland's recipes for some delicious Christmas canapes, perfect for entertaining friends or family at home.
Serves 4 as a snack or nibble
Crispy Parmesan Risotto
25g Unsalted butter
125g Arborio rice
105g Grated parmesan
75g Panko breadcrumbs
Finely chop the shallot. Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the shallot. Sweat over a low heat until soft. Add the rice and water and cook over a medium heat stirring occasionally until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is cooked.
Remove from the heat and add the parmesan. Stir until the cheese has melted. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly milled black pepper. Transfer to a small tray, cover with clingfilm and place in the refrigerator to cool. When chilled roll into 20g balls.
Take 3 small mixing bowls. Place the flour in one bowl, beat the egg in another and place the breadcrumbs in the final bowl. Firstly, toss all the risotto balls in the flour, followed by the beaten egg and finally the breadcrumbs. These can be stored in the fridge at this stage until required.
When required preheat a deep fat fryer or tall saucepan of oil to 180°c. Fry the risotto balls for 2 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately.
Serving suggestion – truffle mayonnaise.
Smoked Salmon with Potato Blini Pancakes
2 Large Maris Piper potatoes
15g Plain flour
90g Crème fraiche
1 Egg yolk
150g Smoked salmon
30g Dill (1 small bunch)
Bake the potatoes in a preheated oven at 180° for 1 hour. Cut the baked potatoes in half, scoop out the flesh and pass through a fine sieve. Weigh 200g of the passed potato into a mixing bowl. Add 15g crème fraiche, the flour, egg and egg yolk. Mix well until smooth. Season with sea salt and cayenne pepper.
Preheat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add a small amount of oil to the pan before placing teaspoonfuls of the pancake mix into the pan ensuring they don’t spread and touch. Fry over a medium heat for approximately 1 minute before turning and frying on the other side for another minute. Both sides should be golden brown. Remove the pancakes from the pan and allow to cool at room temperature. Repeat the cooking process with the remaining pancake mix.
Dice the smoked salmon and place in a mixing bowl with the remaining crème fraiche. Finely chop the dill and add to the bowl along with the finely grated zest of the lemon. Mix well and season to taste with freshly milled black pepper. Spoon the smoked salmon mix on top of each pancake and serve immediately.
Serving suggestion – dill sprigs.
Scotch Quail’s Eggs
12 Quail’s eggs
200g Sausage meat
100g Plain flour
75g Panko breadcrumbs
Bring a pan of water to the boil. Add the quail’s eggs and boil for 2 minutes exactly. Remove from the boiling water and plunge into iced water. Peel the quail’s eggs.
Weigh the sausage meat into 15g balls. Wrap each egg with 15g of sausage meat to completely encase each egg. Place in the refrigerator to allow the sausage meat to firm up.
Take 3 small mixing bowls. Place the flour in one bowl, beat the egg in another and place the breadcrumbs in the final bowl. Firstly, toss all the eggs in the flour, followed by the beaten egg and finally the breadcrumbs. These can be stored in the fridge at this stage until required.
When required preheat a deep fat fryer or tall saucepan of oil to 180°c. Fry the eggs for 2 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Cut each egg in half with a serrated knife and serve immediately.
Serving suggestion – apple puree.