With the festive season fast approaching, it’s that time of the year to catch up with friends and family before Christmas. Whether you are hosting a party, or have been asked to bring a plate of nibblies along to a someone’s else’s gathering, these tasty morsels will be a hit. Quick, easy and elegant, the spread can be made ahead of time and only needs to be spooned into the pre-bought pastry cups when ready to serve. Perfect with a glass of bubbles!
Ingredients (makes 40):
250g cream cheese, at room temperature
125g smoked salmon, roughly chopped
Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tablespoons finely chopped dill
1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper
40 ready-made small pastry cups (available from supermarkets and gourmet stores)
Garnish: dill sprigs
Method (10 minutes):
1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until combined (if you don’t own a food processor, this can be done by hand).
2. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and/or pepper if necessary. Cover and refrigerate if not serving immediately.
3. When ready to serve, spoon a heaped teaspoon of the spread into each pastry cup and top with a small dill sprig.