Friday, 31 December 2010

Why Mums Don't Need To Go To Iceland

Just a short post about some easy to do party nibbles that I've tried recently which seemed to go down well. I've noticed that there's a great trade in so called Party Food at the supermarkets these days. You can  buy a ton of "party food" at Iceland for a couple of quid, but I dread to think a) what's in it, and b) what it tastes like, so whether you're a Mum or not, save yourself the effort of trailing round the aisles and try this simple recipe that you can knock up in the time it would have taken you to drive to Iceland and back, (for overseas readers that's the supermarket not the country) plus you'll  use up what you've probably already got, and have something that tastes great and contains no rubbish.

Using greek filo pastry means you don't have to go to the effort of making your own pastry, which is beyond the call of duty at this time of year. I recommend keeping a packet of filo in the fridge over Christmas as it can be pressed into mini muffin tins and filled with all sorts of things should the need arise. It's not that I think it's particularly delicious, in fact it's quite bland, but filled with Christmas type luxury goods it works really well.  You also have the advantage of being able to lever yet more food out of the fridge and into people's stomachs, thus using up some of the Christmas leftovers such as smoked salmon, stilton, and cream, before they spoil and are wasted, which is of course, a criminal offence.
The bases
You'll need a packet of filo pastry, and a tin to make the little tarts in - I used a mini muffin tin which has makes two dozen at a time.
Melt a large knob of butter and use it to brush on yourtins and your  filo pastry sheets before you cut it up roughly with a pair of scissors into small squares suitable for your tins, .Scrunch about three layers of buttered filo into each tin, you can be as rough as you like with the finish - it adds to the appearance it bits are left sticking up.
The fillings
I used three fillings because that was what I had in the fridge. You may well think of others.
1.Several ounces of chopped smoked salmon,  (use inexpensive trimmings if you're buying it)
2. Chopped walnuts with crumbled stilton cheese
3. Onion marmalade, with a slice of goats cheese or brie on top

Lightly beat together two medium eggs with a good half pint or so of double cream. Season with salt and pepper, except for the smoked salmon ones, which will be salty enough. It's difficult to give exact quantities as it rather depends on how much filling you put in each tartlet. But I would try to fill the cases and use the cream to fill in the spaces and you won't go far wrong. Bake in a hot oven till golden brown and slightly puffed.  You can serve them straight away, or more usefully cool them and store in the fridge for later.

Go upstairs and do your hair, put on the frock, and the shoes. Teeter into the kitchen and reheat your homemade canapes on an oven tray for a few minutes when you're ready to serve.

Happy New Year!


  1. Great recipe, thanks for that.

    Your comment about Iceland made me laugh because not long after the shop opened, my Aunty and Uncle said they were going to Iceland at the weekend and we thought they meant shopping but they actually went to the country for a short holiday!

  2. Well, that just ties it! I need to get some filo when I go shopping! I wonder if you can freeze the packets? Looks nice and easy and would be great! Thanks!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Dang! Now I'm hungry. Those look lovely, and like something that even I could make.

    Happy New Year!

  4. I always forget about buying the filo dough .. these look great and so easy with some leftover delicacies from Christmas. Was worried I'd have to travel to Iceland (LOL) ..

  5. They look fab1 I always find mini pizzas made from thinly sliced baguette with various toppings go down really well too and are really inexpensive to make. Happy new Year. x

  6. Oh my-these sounds wonderful. I am ready to eat :)
    Happy 2011 to you and your family.

  7. Mmmmm,those look good! Happy New Year!

  8. I was lucky enough to sample these beauties on my recent visit and can confirm they are as good as, actually no, BETTER than they look! My favourite was the stilton/walnut combo, mmmmmmmm

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  10. Hi Sharon, yes you can freeze filo, but I've found in the past that it tends to go a bit crumbly and is more difficult to use. But ok in an emergency.

    Hi LBM what are the chances of that! i've never actually met anyone who's been to the real Iceland, though I'm sure it's much nicer than the supermarket!

    Happy New Year Melodie

    sounds delicious too diane

    thanks Verde Farm and the same to you and yours.

    Thanks James, glad they got the Doyle stamp of approval, I could have taken better pictures than these though i think, still at least they tasted good!

  11. These really look wonderful and so nice to have on hand when you know there will be guests around. You have wonderful ideas. That's why I love to visit here. I hope that you've had a wonderful holiday and that the new year brings you continued health and happiness. Blessings...Mary

  12. Wow! They look so delicious. Although maybe considered a "snack" I bet you could feast on them for dinner as well.

    Well done, Kathy! And Happy New Year! :)

  13. Thanks mary that's really kind

    Actually Nancy that's a good idea, you could make them a bit bigger too.

  14. What a brilliant idea! I've only ever used filo pastry once or twice but I think I shall extend my repetoire having read this. The smoked salmon filling sounds wonderful! I've found you via Meadow,Lost Within a City and shall be returning.



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