Fuss-free Festive Recipes

As promised, here are a few of my favourite quick-and-easy treats that impress.

Pesto Parmesan Toasts – (So so easy but tasty.)  Slice a couple of hot dog rolls crossways and toast these discs.  Top with pesto, sun-dried tomato and shaved parmesan.

Slow-Roasted Tomatoes – (These get rave reviews and regular requests for repeat performances.)  Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.  Halve Roma or Egg tomatoes and place on prepared tray.   Sprinkle with olive oil, fresh chopped basil and salt.  Bake for one hour.  Allow to cool and store in airtight container for up to 3 days.

Spicy Pita Chips – Split large pita break in half.  Cut each half into bite-size wedges.  Place wedges, split side up, in a single layer on a baking tray.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning.  Bake in a moderately hot oven for about 5 minutes or until crisp.

Chocolate Roughs – (Couldn’t be easier.)  Melt 375g chocolate in the microwave.  Stir in 125g shredded coconut.  Spoon tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking paper-lined tray.  Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Give these a go and let me know how they turn out.  Or perhaps you have some tricks you’d like to share?


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