Impressive snacks you can whip up in a few minutes

Tasty finger snacks you can whip up in a few minutes

Since summer is practically here and it’s hot both indoors and outdoors, few people feel like cooking hot food, or spending hours in a super warm kitchen. Rather leave the heavy duty cooking for a cool day and whip up something light, quick and tasty instead. If you’re having a lunch date with your friends at your home, or planning an evening party, these snacks will prove to be especially popular.

Spaghetti and Meatball Appetisers by Food Network Kitchen

You’re bound to find your guests lingering around the table for longer than necessary in anticipation of the next round of these delicious spaghetti and meatball appetisers.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked spaghetti
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 cooked mini meatballs
  • Marinara sauce
  • Sosatie sticks (skewers)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Parsley for garnishing

Method

  1. Combine the cooked spaghetti with the beaten egg and parmesan cheese.
  2. Carefully wrap the spaghetti mixture around each meatball.
  3. Fry in some vegetable oil over a medium heat until golden brown. This usually takes about five minutes.
  4. Skewer each meatball onto a stick and sprinkle with parsley.
  5. Serve alongside some marinara sauce in a separate bowl for dipping.

Pair with:

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, a soft and easy-drinking ruby red wine to complement the spaghetti and meatballs perfectly.

Impressive snacks you can whip up in a few minutes.

Photo: Charles Masters http://www.foodnetwork.com/

Roast Tomato Tart with Creamy Basil Pesto and Deep Fried Basil by Pick n Pay

These delicious morsels will have guests coming back again and again.

 Ingredients

  • 1 roll puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 handful of flour (for dusting)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 40ml basil pesto
  • 90ml cream cheese
  • 250g baby tomatoes, halved
  • 30g basil leaves
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Neatly arrange the halved baby tomatoes on a greased baking tray, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Grill in the oven for 10 minutes or until the tomatoes start blistering.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Roll out the puff pastry to the thickness of a R2 coin on a flour-dusted surface.
  6. Using a circular cookie cutter, cut out 12 discs. Keep the remaining pastry.
  7. Place the discs in a muffin pan, and prick holes into the pastry with a fork to allow the air to escape.
  8. Brush each pastry disc with the beaten egg.
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack.
  11. Rinse basil leaves and dry thoroughly afterwards.
  12. Fry the basil leaves in a little vegetable oil over a medium heat, until the leaves become transparent.
  13. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and basil pesto. Mix well.
  14. Season with salt and pepper.
  15. Scoop a spoonful of the cheese and basil pesto mixture into each pastry cup.
  16. Arrange a few roasted tomatoes on top of the basil cheese mixture.
  17. Garnish with a few fried basil leaves.

Pair with:

A crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. The hint of tropical fruit, green fig and freshly cut-grass will perfectly set off the roast tomato and basil pesto topping.

Salami, Feta, Basil and Tomato Appetisers by My House and Home

There’s absolutely no effort required here other than buying the ingredients and enjoying the great taste of these treats.

Ingredients

  • Salami slices
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Feta, cut into blocks
  • Toothpicks

Method

  1. Thread one slice of salami, one baby tomato, one basil leave and a block of feta cheese onto a toothpick.
  2. Repeat step one until you have your desired amount of appetisers.

Pair with: 

A zesty and easy-drinking wine is a good choice. Consider a Pinot Grigio for its subtly perfumed floral notes and fragrances of dried apricot and peach, with an undertone of litchi to round off the flavour.

Impressive snacks you can whip up in a few minutes.

Photo: http://myhouseandhome.squarespace.com/

Sundried Tomato Polenta Bites by Recipe Girl

You’ll be eating more than two of these yummy polenta bites, that’s for sure.

Ingredients for the polenta bites

  • 500ml full cream milk
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 1 cup of yellow polenta (you can purchase it at most health stores)
  • A glug of olive oil for frying
  • Basil pesto

Ingredients for the topping

  • 56g feta cheese, cut into blocks
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and snipped into small pieces
  • Salt

Method

  1. Lightly grease a baking pan.
  2. Simmer the milk, rosemary, thyme and garlic together in a large saucepan over a medium heat for a few minutes.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, remove the herbs and garlic.
  4. Slowly and steadily, stir the polenta into the flavoured milk and bring to the boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and allow the polenta to simmer until its thick, stirring every now and then, for about 10 minutes.
  6. Turn the polenta out into the greased pan and spread to create an even, thick layer.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. Either use a cookie cutter to cut circles out the polenta, or simply slice into bite-sized squares.
  9. Add a glug of olive oil to a large skillet and sauté the polenta squares (or circles) over a medium to high heat, until lightly browned. This should take approximately one minute on each side.
  10. Transfer to paper towels to drain the oil.
  11. Spoon some basil pesto and sundried tomato onto each polenta square. Top with a block of feta cheese. Sprinkle with salt.

Pair with:

A medium-bodied white wine, such as a Chardonnay.  This wine has the perfect balance between summer fruit, sweetness and acid, rounded off with well-integrated oak.

Impressive snacks you can whip up in a few minutes

Photo: http://i.imgur.com/

Mini Golden Victoria Sponges by Food Network UK

Pure satisfaction from every golden bite.

Ingredients for the sponge

  • 225g softened butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g self-rising flour, sieved
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • Cupcake cases

Ingredients for the filling

  • 2 tbsp. smooth strawberry jam
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • Caster or icing sugar to dredge

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°
  2. Place all the sponge ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric beater until smooth.
  3. Scoop some of the mixture into each of the cupcake cases.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. Set aside on a tray to cool.
  6. Remove the cupcake paper from each of the cakes.
  7. Cut each cake in half, horizontally.
  8. Fill each one half of the cake with jam and whipped cream. Dust with icing sugar and then place the two halves back together.

Pair with:

A soft and fruity wine will go wonderfully with a Victorian Sponge cake. Easy on the palate with ripe berry flavours, you’re sure to enjoy every sip alongside your dainty cake.

Impressive snacks you can whip up in a few minutes.

Photo: http://www.greggs.co.uk/

Now all that’s left to do, is invite your friends over to enjoy some of these delicious snacks – no doubt they’re going to be really impressed by each tasty bite-sized morsel that passes their lips. If you’re looking for more wine and food pairing recipes, or recipes that use wine as an ingredient, take a look here.




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