Yesterday we had a Christmas Eve dinner/brunch of sorts. The menu was as follows:
– Smoked salmon tartare on melba toast (great substitute for blinis!)
– Baked camembert (left) with a wholegrain mustard dressing
– Baked mediterranean feta on flat bread
– Cheese and meats platter
– Pesto bread, halloumi, and chorizo skewers (not mine. SO delicious!)
and an assortment of drinkies! Sitting in a jacuzzi, drinking champagne whilst watching the world go by is definitely NOT a bad way to spend Christmas Eve and I had a great time. The recipes for the starters are below and they are SUPER easy, no fuss, and tasty!
Remove the paper from the box and then place the camembert back inside. Cut slits into the cheese and stuff some with slices of garlic. Then make a dressing with equal parts (about 2 tbls) white wine, wholegrain mustard, and honey. Drizzle over the camembert and then bake in the oven (in the box). The top will have beautiful grill marks on top and the cheese will be oooozy and warm underneath. Dip with bread.
Smoked Salmon Tartare
Chop up your smoked salmon and place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add in some finely chopped shallot and then mix it all together with sour cream. Spoon onto the melba toast.
We were supposed to use blinis but the store didn’t have any. Turns out really well because honestly melba toast works perfectly with this recipe.
Cut red and yellow peppers into thin strips and dump into a roasting pan together with a pack of cherry tomatoes. Chop up your feta into largeish squares and add to pan. Liberally pour in some good olive oil and season with salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, bay, lemon peel, and lots of chopped fresh basil. Mix it all together and then bake in oven for about 20 mins. Serve with flat breads.
Merry Christmas!! xx