When it comes to hosting parties with food at home, some people go into a panic, even if all they need to do is prepare some nibbles to go with the music and drinks. Here are some fool-proof recipes to impress your friends with. Get ready to wow them with your new-found culinary skills that most should be able to whip up with few to no disasters!

Courgette rounds with tomato sauce and mozzarella

  1. Choose a firm courgette, wash and dry well, then slice evenly so that you approximately have 5mm flat pieces.
  2. Use some spray oil or brush the pieces with olive oil.
  3. Grill the slices on both sides until they start to brown. You may also place them in the oven at 180 °C.
  4. Remove from the grill/oven, and place a tablespoon (or less, depending on the size of the courgette) of tomato sauce and a small slice of mozzarella on each one.
  5. Return to the grill or oven for a couple of minutes until the mozzarella has melted.

If you want to create fancier courgette pizzas, add other ingredients such as olives, mushrooms or ham, and sprinkle with oregano. You can also buy tomato sauce which already has oregano or other spices added to it. These are tasty served hot or cold.



Patatas bravas with spiced mayo dip

  1. Peel the potatoes and cut up into squares.
  2. Soak in cold water for 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Dry the potatoes well on a kitchen towel and lay them on a baking tray. Be sure not to overcrowd them.
  4. Cook for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of your cubes, gently turning them every 10 minutes, until the edges start to brown.
  5. For the dipping sauce, mix mayonnaise with some chili sauce or paprika powder, according to taste.



Chocolate covered fruit

  1. Use firm fruit, such as bananas or strawberries.
  2. Choose a pot on which you can rest a glass bowl. Set the pot with boiling water, place the glass bowl on top and put some cooking chocolate in the bowl.
  3. Give it a few minutes to heat up, then stir every now and then until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Dip the fruit pieces so that they are half-immersed in the chocolate, and then lay them on a baking sheet to let the chocolate cool. Before it has cooled, you may want to sprinkle some crumbled biscuits on top.
  5. When the chocolate has cooled and hardened, store the fruit in the fridge or freezer, until they are ready to be consumed.



Flavoured popcorn

  1. Make a mixture of grated parmesan (about ½ a cup for a big bowl of popcorn) and 1 teaspoon mustard powder.
  2. Pop the (plain) corn in a little vegetable oil.
  3. Remove from the pan and place in a bowl.
  4. While they are still hot, pour the cheese/mustard mixture into the popcorn while stirring. Taste and adjust the flavour by adding more cheese or salt if necessary.



Surround your nibbles with meat, cheese and/or vegetable crudité platters with some dipping sauces, and you’re good to go!


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