Hens Party Food Ideas

All good parties need good party food

Here's a few easy-to-make ideas to get your taste buds going.

Fresh Fruit Jellies

  • Ingredients

            2 Packets Jelly
            Fresh Fruit eg Seedless Grapes
            Marshmallows (optional)

    Mix the packets of jelly as per the instructions on the side of the packet, add in the fresh fruit pieces and marshmallows and fill cup with jelly mix and refrigerate until set. Top with a halved strawberry to serve.

Prawn Rice Paper Rolls

  • Ingredients (Makes 12)

            100g fresh thin egg noodles
            2 tsp kecap manis
            1 carrot, shredded
            1 Lebanese cucumber, finely chopped
            6 small butter lettuce leaves, torn in half 1
            2 (22cm round) rice paper wrappers
            Sweet chilli or soy sauce, for dipping

    Method 1. Place noodles in a heatproof bowl, cover with boiling water and stand for 2 minutes or until tender. Drain, rinse in cold water and place in a large bowl.
    2. Combine kecap manis and peanut butter in a bowl until smooth and microwave for 20 seconds until warm.
    3. Add peanut butter mixture, carrot and cucumber to noodles, toss to combine.

    These easy wraps are terrific to take to the beach, pool or a street party, and take approx 30 minutes to make.
    1. To make rice paper rolls, dip a round of rice paper in a bowl of hot water for 1 minute until just tender.
    2. Place on a board and add a lettuce leaf down the centre, top with a small handful of noodle mixture, roll to enclose the filling.
    3. Repeat using remaining lettuce, filling and rice papers, serve with sweet chilli or soy sauce for dipping.

Antipasto Platter

  • Ingredients (Serves 8)

            1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
            100g Primo prosciutto, halved lengthways
            Olive oil cooking spray
            100g (each) kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, chargrilled eggplant and chargrilled capsicum crackers, to serve

    Pesto Dip
            125g cream cheese, soften
            1/2 cup basil pesto
            2 tablespoons lemon juice

    White Bean Dip
            Can cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
            2 tablespoons lemon juice
            1 garlic clove, crushed
            2 tablespoons olive oil

    Method Arrange asparagus, olives, artichokes, eggplant, capsicum and crackers on a platter. Serve with dips.

Smoked Salmon Quiche

  • Ingredients

            3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
            100 g sliced smoked salmon, chopped
            2 tbsp dill, chopped
            2 tbsp chives, chopped
            1 1/2 tbsp spreadable cream cheese
            2/3 cup cream
            2 eggs

    Quiches can be made up to 1 month in advance. Freeze in an airtight container. Reheat from frozen on oven tray in 180 °C oven or 160 °C fan for approximately 15 mins.       

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