If you’re watching the rugby world cup with friends, no match day is complete without some delicious snacks to accompany the game. We’ve put together some buffet favourites that are easy to prepare and will wow your guests, so read on and scrum down!
Mini Pork Pies
Our mini pork pies are perfect for buffets and make a great display when artfully arranged. They’re super-cute morsels of delicious pork filling and they’re perfect to eat cold.
For extra brownie points with your guests, make a house salad on a large serving platter with baby gem lettuce, sun-dried tomatoes, diced yellow pepper, avocado and crumbled goats cheese, then nestle the mini pork pies in between. It’s a colourful plate and can be made well in advance.
Sweet Potato Wedges
Otherwise known as ‘posh chips’, these are easy to prepare and pretty healthy, not to mention delicious. Slice a couple of sweet potatoes into wedges – no need to peel them – and drizzle with sunflower oil and honey. Pop into the oven for 40-45 minutes until they’re crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, then tumble into a bowl just before your guests arrive. Perfect.
This is a simple accompaniment that’s really filling, looks amazing but takes very little time to prepare. Just buy your favourite baguette or bloomer, score it almost all the way through and spread the slices with the following delicious concoction: butter, garlic, parsley and your cheese of choice – we like a mature Swaledale cheddar http://www.swaledalecheese.co.uk/. Wrap the bread in tinfoil and pop into the oven (with your wedges) for 10 minutes until it’s all melted into gooey loveliness. Your guests can tear off as much as they want, but make sure to have some napkins handy!
Honey BBQ Chicken
This dish needs preparing in advance, but only in order to marinade the chicken. Your marinade contains:
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp orange marmalade
2 tsp soy sauce
1-inch piece of ginger
2 garlic cloves
a generous splash of oil
Cover your chicken wings and thighs in the marinade at least a couple of hours in advance, and then pop into the oven along with your potato wedges. They’ll take about 45-50 minutes to cook, and be sure to baste with the marinade every so often. Once cooked they’ll be sticky and golden, and you’re sure to get compliments!
Delicious dips can turn a good buffet into a great one, and your guests will be terribly impressed if they’re all homemade! Our favourite easy dips to go with your pork pies, chicken and sweet potato chips include:
Sour cream dip – Just mix sour cream with some chopped chives and the juice of a lemon
Tzatziki – Combine greek yoghurt with a grated cucumber, 3 grated garlic cloves, 1bsp white wine vinegar and 3tbsp olive oil
Hot salsa – Chop a few large tomatoes, and combine with half a chopped onion, 3 chopped garlic cloves, a squeeze of lime juice, some chopped coriander and as much chopped jalapeno as you think you can handle!
The great thing about these dishes is that they’re all so easy to prepare, and you can make as much or as little as you need. Together they’re sure to please everyone and keep you going throughout the match!