Food with passion - Delicious Christmas Party Food

By JP Kennedy

John Paul Kennedy is a self-taught cook and an avid fan of collecting cookery books with a passion for good old-fashioned home cooking. His passion for proper family cooking stems from his TWO Grandmothers who were both excellent cooks, one of whom was a trained chef! JP is also a Christmas fanatic, so he has pulled together a selection of some of his family’s favourite Christmas recipes to share with you in the lead-up to Christmas.

Last year I shared with you my delicious home-made Christmas party sausage rolls with chorizo, and this year I have some more perfect Christmas party food recipes and ideas that I make every Christmas.

These are really simple recipes, easy to prepare and all can be made ahead, so it takes the stress out of Christmas entertaining and you can impress your guests and enjoy yourself all at the same time.

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Delicious and easy honey and wholegrain mustard cocktail sausages are first up.

A party just isn’t a party without a cocktail sausage or three and these are joyously seasonal, followed with my fully loaded potato skins.

As I said, these can be prepared the day before your party and  cooked just before your guests arrive.

Honey & Wholegrain Mustard Cocktail Sausages (Makes 40)

Ingredients

  • 450g cocktail sausages
  • Good dollop of honey
  • Large tablespoon of wholegrain mustard
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Ground black pepper

Method

  • 1. Place all the cocktail sausages into a large freezer bag and add all of the other ingredients and smoosh everything around until all the sausages are well-coated. Seal the bag and place in the fridge overnight to marinade.
  • 2. When ready to cook, pop onto a baking tray and place into a 200° Celsius preheated oven and cook for around 20-25 minutes until burnished and browned.

Fully Loaded Potato Skins (Makes 20)

Ingredients

  • 10 medium to large baking potatoes
  • 225g red Cheddar cheese
  • 10 streaky rashers – chopped / diced
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 250ml sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • A little oil for frying
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper

Method

  • 1. Preheat your oven to 200° Celsius. Prick each potato with a fork and place on a baking tray for 1½ hours.
  • 2. Allow them to fully cool before cutting them in half. Scoop out the potato filling and pop into a large mixing bowl. Place the potato husks onto a large baking tray.
  • 3. Fry off the bacon bits until nice and crispy and leave to soak on kitchen roll
  • 4. Let the potato cool fully before adding spring onions, cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper. Mix everything well until all are well combined
  • 5. Spoon the potato mixture into the fill of each husk. Sprinkle on some grated cheese and bacon bits and pop into a preheated oven at 200° Celsius and cook for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • 6. Scatter with some freshly chopped parley and serve on a large serving platter and enjoy. You can of course prepare the loaded potato skins the day before, cover with clingfilm and pop into the oven just before your guests arrive – these are seriously delicious.

I really hope you give these delicious Christmas-inspired recipes a go this Christmas. I promise you will love them.

Next week I will be sharing top tips and recipes for the main event, along with a very special recipe – My Nanny Rena’s delicious homemade stuffing.

Christmas is not Christmas without the perfect stuffing. I will also be sharing my recipe for Star Topped Lemon Pastry Mince pies. So don’t forget to pick up next week’s bumper edition.

Contact JP on:

Twitter: @JPKCooking
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Instagram: jpkennedy.kennedy

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