Beautifully bite-sized canapés to hand round at your next party - just five ingredients and ready in 15 minutes
- 36 canapé blinis (we used a 123g pack from Waitrose)
- 4 tbsp crème fraîche
- 4 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 75g cold roast beef, thinly sliced and cut into strips
- 8 cornichons, thinly sliced
MethodMix together the crème fraîche and mustard and spoon onto the blinis. Fold the beef on top then add the cornichons. Arrange the blinis on a platter, grind over some black pepper and serve.
- 1kg rope-grown mussel
- 25g unsalted butter
- 2 small red onions, thinly sliced
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 150ml dry cider
- 2 tsp finely chopped sage
- 150ml half-fat crème fraîche
- Prepare the mussels. Scrub them to remove any barnacles and pull away the beard, then discard any that are damaged or won’t close when tapped.
- Melt the butter in a large pan and cook the onions for 3-4 mins, then add the garlic. Pour the cider over and sprinkle in the sage, then bring to the boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook until reduced by half.
- Add the mussels, cover and cook over a medium heat (shaking the pan occasionally) for 3-4 mins until they have opened. Lift the mussels into a bowl and keep warm.
- Bubble the cooking liquid in the pan for 2 mins, then carefully blend in the crème fraîche. Heat through and pour over the mussels to serve.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 leek, thinly sliced
- 250ml chicken or fish stock
- 100g crème fraîche
- 140g frozen peas
- 140g frozen broad beans
- 4 skinless salmon fillets
- small bunch chives, snipped
- mash, to serve
- Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan with a lid. Cook the leek for 5-10 mins until soft but not coloured, then pour in the stock. Simmer for a few mins until reduced slightly then add the crème fraîche and season. Cook for 1 min more.
- Tip in the peas and beans, nestle in the salmon fillets, then turn down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 12-15 mins, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until cooked through. Sprinkle on the chives and serve with mashed potato, if you like.
- 1 butternut squash, about 1kg, peeled and deseeded
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 onions, diced
- 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
- 2 mild red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
- 850ml hot vegetable stock
- 4 tbsp crème fraîche, plus more to serve
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the squash into large cubes, about 4cm/1½in across, then toss in a large roasting tin with half the olive oil. Roast for 30 mins, turning once during cooking, until golden and soft.
- While the squash cooks, melt the butter with the remaining oil in a large saucepan, then add the onions, garlic and ¾ of the chilli. Cover and cook on a very low heat for 15-20 mins until the onions are completely soft.
- Tip the squash into the pan, add the stock and the crème fraîche, then whizz with a stick blender until smooth. For a really silky soup, put the soup into a liquidiser and blitz it in batches. Return to the pan, gently reheat, then season to taste. Serve the soup in bowls with swirls of crème fraîche and a scattering of the remaining chopped chilli.