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Creative hors d'oeuvres

Lex Gueco is an American-born Glasgow-based writer who has also contributed to the BBC. She is the bon vivant chronicling her edible musings and global adventures on Instagram. When she’s not busy travelling, writing, cooking/baking, ent...

Try these new twists to regular hors d'oeuvres

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Any domestic goddess will attest that entertaining is never without a pile of dirty dishes. Save yourself the trouble by making these creative hors d’oeuvres with customisable fillings.

There is nothing more rewarding than a successful dinner party with friends and family. However, the piles of dishes and clearing up that await you can easily negate the hosting high.

Before hosting your next dinner or cocktail party, consider getting creative with the hor d'oeuvres. At posh parties and events, hors d'oeuvres are often elegantly served in ceramic or plastic spoons. Save yourself the hassle of procuring and cleaning the spoons by making your own edible variety. Not only do you save money on unnecessary dinnerware or hire, you are also being kind to the environment by using less water (for washing up) and preventing more plastic from finding its way to landfills.

See how you can host the perfect dinner party >>

Domestic goddesses can create their own edible spoons at home with a handy kit from the Edible Spoon Company. The spoons are easy to make and can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to three days.

Creative hors d'oeuvres

Serving size varies

Tools:

Ingredients:

  • Fresh loaf of bread: it can be white, wholemeal or seeded

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/Gas Mark 4.
  2. A slice of bread will yield 2 to 3 spoons. Be sure not to use either end of the loaf.
  3. On a clean flat surface, roll out a slice of bread in all directions to get it as thin as possible.
  4. Using the cutter, carefully stamp out 2 to 3 spoons from the thinned-out slice of bread.
  5. Place a cutout in the metal mould and firmly press it into shape. Place the metal mould on the baking sheet.
  6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have the desired number of spoons. The Edible Spoon making kit comes with 12 moulds.
  7. Place the baking sheet on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until the spoons have achieved a golden brown colour.
  8. Remove the baking sheet and replace the baked spoons with fresh spoons to repeat the process until you have baked all the spoons necessary.

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You can bake the bread scraps and blitz them in a food processor to make your own breadcrumbs. These can be stored in an airtight container and used later in the week.

The possibilities for fillings are limitless. You can create an array of meaty, seafood or vegetarian-friendly hors d'oeuvres.

Filling ideas

For vegetarians

  • Blended avocado and goat's cheese topped with sun-blushed tomatoes
  • Chopped cherry tomatoes dressed in extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper and garnished with chopped basil
  • Hummus and chopped olives
  • Slivers of pear garnished with crumbled blue cheese and chopped nuts

For meat lovers

  • Crisp streaky bacon, chopped lettuce and tomato, dressed with basil mayonnaise
  • Foie gras with fig and peach compote, seasoned with fleur de sel and fresh ground pepper
  • Halved hard-boiled quail eggs garnished with caviar
  • Liver pate and chutney
  • Medium-rare beef tenderloin dressed with sesame oil, chopped spring onion and orange aioli
  • Medium-rare beef tenderloin garnished with capers and parsley
  • Sliver of prosciutto on top of a dollop of Boursin cheese
  • Slivers of roast duck and plum sauce
  • Slivers of roast duck garnished with mango chutney

If you don't like mango, try our spicy pear chutney >>

For seafood lovers

  • Ceviche
  • Chopped poached lobster dressed with tarragon mayonnaise
  • Crab salad garnished with fresh mint and coriander
  • Prawn cocktail
  • Seared scallops garnished with caviar
  • Seared scallops with red chilli, thyme butter and Parmesan
  • Seared scallops wrapped in crisp streaky bacon
  • Slivers of grilled tuna dressed with wasabi mayonnaise
  • Smoked salmon on top of a dollop of cream cheese

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