Easy platters for parties

Recipe from: 31 December 2010

Ingredients 24
Servings 6
Time 10 mins

Ingredients

  • Herb butter:
  • 125
    g
    soft butter
  • 45
    ml
    mixed chopped fresh herbs (thyme, basil, chives, parsley and rosemary)
  • Garlic mayonnaise:
  • 200
    ml
    French-style mayonnaise
  • 5-15
    ml
    finely chopped garlic
  • 45
    ml
    finely chopped parsley
  • Tomato-chilli cream cheese:
  • 200
    g
    plain cream cheese
  • 30
    ml
    tomato paste
  • 15
    ml
    fruit chutney
  • 5-10
    ml
    chopped red chilli
  • 30
    ml
    chopped coriander leaves
  • Smoked salmon salsa & wasabi avocado:
  • 300
    g
    smoked salmon, coarsely chopped
  • zest of 1 lemon or lime
  • 2
    whole spring onions, sliced thinly
  • milled black pepper
  • 2
    ripe avocado pears, mashed
  • 65
    ml
    mayonnaise
  • 45
    ml
    finely chopped parsley or coriander leaves
  • 15-30
    ml
    wasabi paste
  • salt
  • packets of rice crackers, wasabi flavour
 

Method

20 mins
 
Herb butter
Mix together soft butter and the mixed chopped fresh herbs.


Garlic mayonnaise
Mix together French-style mayonnaise, finely chopped garlic and finely chopped parsley.

Tomato-chilli cream cheese
Mix together the  plain cream cheese, tomato paste, fruit chutney, chopped red chilli and 30 ml chopped coriander leaves.

Serve in individual bowls alongside shavings of chicken, ham and beef and add some pickles and biscuits.

Smoked salmon salsa & wasabi avocado platter
For the salmon salsa, lightly mix together the salmon, lemon rind and spring onions. Season with pepper, spoon into a serving bowl and place on a serving platter.
For the wasabi avocado, mix together the avocado, mayonnaise, parsley or coriander and wasabi paste. Season with salt, spoon into a serving bowl and place next to the salmon salsa on the platter.

Arrange the wasabi rice crackers alongside the bowls and serve. Guests spread their own crackers with the avocado mixture and then pile the salmon on top.

Kitchen notes: No need to buy expensive smoked salmon slices. Off-cuts will be perfect and much more affordable. Look out for the packets in your supermarket’s fridges. If they don’t stock them, then ask them to.


Reprinted with permission of I Love Cooking.
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