Let’s cook up a Party

The festive season calls for easy to cook and ample food for everyone to enjoy.

Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • Large eggs – 8
  • Mayonnaise – 3tbsp
  • Sour cream – 3tbsp
  • Canned chipotle pepper (chopped) – 1tsp
  • Cider vinegar – 1tsp
  • Curry powder – ¼tsp
  • Salt – 1/8tsp
  • Chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil and/or chives) – optional

Paprika – 1tsp

Method

  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan, add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch and bring to a rapid boil over high heat. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 15 minutes before draining.
  2. Peel the egg shells and cut the eggs in half, lengthwise. Remove the yolks and keep the whites aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine yolks, mayonnaise, sour cream, chipotle pepper, vinegar, curry powder and salt.
  4. Transfer the filling to a pastry bag with a large round or open star tip; you could also use a re-sealable plastic bag with a small bit of the corner snipped off.
  5. Pipe the yolk mixture neatly into egg white halves. Transfer eggs to a serving platter. Cover and chill until serving time (up to 24 hours).
  6. To serve, sprinkle eggs with paprika and fresh herbs.

 

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Ingredients

  • Canned black beans (drained and rinsed) – 2cups
  • Canned corn (drained) – 2cups
  • Red onion (chopped) – 1/3cup
  • Fresh cilantro (chopped) – 1/4cup
  • Lime juice – 3tbsp
  • Olive oil – 1tsp
  • Salt – 1/2tsp
  • Ground cumin – 1/2tsp
  • Ground pepper – 1/8tsp

Method

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and chill overnight.
  2. Serve as needed.

 

Cheese Straws

Ingredients

  • Frozen puff pastry (defrosted overnight in the fridge) – 2 sheets
  • Large egg – 1
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese – ½ cup
  • Finely grated gruyere cheese – 1 cup
  • Fresh thyme leaves (minced) – 1tsp
  • Kosher salt – 1tsp
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry sheets on a lightly floured board until it’s 10 by 12 inches.
  3. Beat the egg and brush the surface of the pastry.
  4. Sprinkle each sheet evenly with the parmesan, gruyere, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. With the rolling pin, lightly press the flavourings into the puff pastry.
  6. Cut each sheet crosswise with a floured knife or pizza wheel into 11 or 12 strips.
  7. Twist each strip and lay on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and puffed. Turn each straw and bake for another 2 minutes.
  9. Cool and serve at room temperature.

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