Christmas carols and canapes

It’s that time of year again – although it’s unusually warm outside this year! I purchased some gluten free frozen puff pastry and it is also Low Fodmap so here are some canapes to have with Christmas carols and shots – so invite your friends round and celebrate! They are simple to make, although a little fiddly to say the least. See below for the recipes. I could have made my own pastry – but life’s too short to be making puff pasty this time of year!

First cut the pastry into two and using the first block roll it out as thin as you can with plenty of flour to prevent sticking – I used rice flour. Use a small circular cutter and cut out as many circles as you can. Bring the trimmings together and roll out again. I made about 35-40 disks. Brush each with a little beaten egg. Use the following as toppings:

Basil, walnut and Parmesan

A handful of chopped walnuts, 2-4 freshly chopped basil leaves, a handful of pine nuts and 10g of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix these ingredients together with a teaspoon of olive oil and spoon a small amount on the top of each disc. Top each with half an olive cut lengthwise.

Serrano ham and manchago cheese

Place a small square of Serrano ham on each disk, top with a thin slice of cheese.

Smoked mackerel and potato

Thinly slice small new potatoes and spray with oil- roast for 10 minutes in an oven and top each disc with the cooked potato and a small amount of shredded mackerel.

Rosemary and Parmesan pinwheels

Using the other half of the pastry roll it into an oblong block as this as you can brush with egg wash. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and chopped fresh rosemary leaving a thin strip away from you without cheese. Roll adding further egg wash as you roll it up and stick down once rolled. Slice into 1cm circles.

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Place each disk on a baking tray and cook in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes until cooked. Serve with your drink of choice. Remember alcohol can, for some  people make symptoms of IBS worse, so do take care. Your friends and guests will hardly be aware that these are gluten free.  These canapes are also high in fat but one or two are all that are needed, moderation is always key Рeven at this time of year! They make a delightful change to the usual peanuts or crisps served with party drinks.

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I do hope you all have a wonderful holiday.