Grilled apples with serrano ham & maple syrup
Apples with high acidity
This works really well instead of the Italian classic with Parma ham and cantaloupe. And if you´re feeling really hungry just make a bunch and serve for breakfast with pancakes the day after.
Cut the apples in thick slices and brush with olive oil on each side, grill on high heat without letting the apple cook all the way through. Cut the slices in 2-3 pieces per slice. Wrap a piece of ham around each piece of apple. Drizzle some maple syrup and black pepper on top.
This is a great way to serve cooked shellfish, if you can´t find crayfish than just replace it with your own favorite, crab or shrimps works great for example.
Crayfish with crostini & chili mayonnaise
BaguettePeeled cooked crayfish
Dried chili flakes
Slice the baguette and toast the bread. Combine mayonnaise with tabasco and chili flakes, season with salt and pepper. Chop the lettuce, spread some chili mayonnaise on each slice of toast, put lettuce and crayfish tails on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and some chopped parsley.
Rye bread with liver paté and pickles
Dark rye bread or pumpernickel
Liver paté, any kind you´ll like
Cut the bread in squares and put the paté on top, slice the pickles and put one thick slice on each piece. Cut the onion in rings and put onion rings and parsley on top.
Asparagus served raw is a great way to change up your normal asparagus recipes. It´s easy to do, tastes great and there is a chance a lot of your guests may not have tried it. I used both white and green asparagus when I did it but using only one kind works good too. Rinse the asparagus in water before you slice them, if you rinse them after they will get a bit crispier but you will wash away a lot of the flavor.
Raw asparagus salad with lemon & Parmesan
Thinly slice the asparagus lengthwise with an vegetable peeler, toss in olive oil and lemon juice, season with salt and pepper. Grate Parmesan on top. Serve.
Rice balls with cilantro & chili soy dip
Cooked basmati rice
Dried chili flakes
Japanese soy sauce
Sriracha sauce (or any other hot chili sauce)
Finely chop the cilantro, save some leafs for decoration. Combine the chopped cilantro with the rice and form round balls.
Combine soy, sesame seeds, sriracha sauce, sesame oil and chili flakes into a dip. The soy is the base so this should be the dominant flavor and go easy on the sesame oil because it can easily get to dominant.
Decorate with some sesame seeds, cilantro leaves and chili flakes. Good luck.
Every Christmas I buy one big box with fresh dates that I plan eat during the holiday, usually I eat one or two and then they somehow end up in the back of the pantry until my wife decides to throw them out sometime during the summer. Here is another way you could serve dates that hopefully will make them disappear a bit faster.
Blue cheese with fresh dates
Cut the dates in half and remove the pit, cut the blue cheese in small pieces and put a piece of cheese on each date. Voila!
Nachos with peppers & avocado mayonnaise
Sriracha sauce (or any other hot chili sauce)
Chilipowder, cumin, garlicpowder
Finely dice the peppers, tomatoes, lettuce. Put the mayonnaise and avocado in a blender and blend until smooth, season with lemon juice, salt and pepper
Fry the minced meat and season with chili, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Put some meat on each nacho and grate cheese on top, bake in oven for a few minutes. Take out and put tomatoes, peppers and lettuce on top, finish with the avocado mayonnaise and sriracha sauce, enjoy.
Polenta with chorizo and raw fennel
Chorizo, dried sliced
Bring the chicken broth to boil and add polenta, lower the temperature and simmer for fifteen minutes constantly stirring. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper. Pour the creamy polenta an a plate and leave to cool.
Once cold cut in squares and fry in butter on one side until golden.
Put a slice of chorizo on each polenta square. Slice the fennel as thin as you can, put one or two slices on top of the chorizo, add a few drops of olive oil.
Roasted carrots is a great way to transform a simple vegetable into something really tasty, here I roasted the carrots in a pan until they are almost cooked through, that way they get some of their sweet roasted flavor but still maintain a little bit of a crunch.
As you can see in my photos I used carrots in some different colors, if you have a good grocery store nearby they should have or be able to get some other varieties of carrots. Each color is a bit different in both taste and texture but I you don´t find any you can of course use regular ones.
Roasted carrots with cheddar dipCarrots
Peel and cut the carrots in quarters, toss with olive oil, salt, pepper and roast in a pan until almost cooked through.
Grate the cheddar and mix with the sour cream, season with crushed garlic, salt and pepper.
Serrano ham with peppers & tomato salsa
Herbs, for example chives, thyme, parsley
Cut the ham in smaller bite size pieces. Chop the tomatoes, peppers, herbs and slice the garlic, combine with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Put a spoonful of salsa on each piece of ham.
Iceberg lettuce with blue cheese
Cut the lettuce in wedges, make sure to keep a little piece of the stalk because it will hold each wedge together so you can pick one at the time. Combine cremè fraiche with a little bit of oil some crushed garlic and blue cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the lettuce on plates or a serving tray, add som dressing and crumble some extra blue cheese on top, finish off with freshly ground pepper.
Bresaola with parmiggiano reggiano & lemon
Spring onion or some fresh herbs
Buy slice bresaola, it´s very difficult to slice it thin enough with just a knife. Arrange on a plate and grate the cheese on top, add the onion or herbs, season with some olive oil and black pepper. Serve with lemon wedges.
This is problaby the most common starter in Sweden and there are some variations but in a good one there´s usually only shrimps, mayonnaise, dill, lemon, salt and pepper, in supermarkets and cafés you´ll find all sorts of stuff in it so make your own.
One thing that is missing from mine is a healthy spoonful of bleak roe that you top it off with but I skipped that this time. I also grated in some fresh horseradish.
Fresh peeled shrimps
Roughly chop the shrimps and dill, add mayonnaise and combine. Season with horseradish, lemon, salt and pepper. Toast the bread, cut som wedges of lemon, put the skagen on the toast, garnish with dill and lemon.