Christmas canapes!

How about we help you prepare delicious and easy recipes to present to your families on Christmas eve? Today we’re sharing easy to do special Christmas canapés!!

Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto



  • 60g goat’s cheese, room temperature
  • 60g mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 10g finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 Medjool dates (340g), pitted
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, halved lengthwise


In a small bowl, mix together the cheeses and basil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Gently pull the dates apart and stuff with about half a teaspoon of the cheese mixture. Close the dates around the filling.

Wrap a piece of prosciutto around each date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange the stuffed dates on a platter and serve

Gravlax with mustard sauce



  • For the gravlax:

  • 1.35kg fresh salmon fillet, skin on
  • 1 large bunch of dill, plus 7g chopped dill for serving
  • 120g salt
  • 100g sugar
  • 12g white peppercorns, crushed
  • 6g whole fennel seeds
  • Pumpernickel or rye bread, for serving
  • Mustard sauce, recipe follows
  • For the mustard sauce:

  • 60g Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ground dry English mustard
  • 40g caster sugar
  • 30ml white wine vinegar
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 5g chopped fresh dill


For the Gravlax:

1) Cut the salmon in half width-ways and place half the fish skin side down in a deep dish.

2) Wash and shake the dill dry and place it on the fish.

3) Combine the salt, sugar, crushed peppercorns and fennel seeds in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly over the piece of fish.

4) Place the other half of salmon over the dill, skin side up. Cover the dish with aluminium foil. Place a smaller dish on top of the foil and weigh it with some heavy tins. Refrigerate the salmon for at least 2 and up to 3 days, turning it every 12 hours and basting it with the liquid that collects.

5) Lay each piece of salmon flat on a cutting board, remove the bunch of dill, and sprinkle the top with chopped dill.

6) With a long thin slicing knife, slice the salmon in long thin slices as you would for smoked salmon.

7) Serve with dark pumpernickel bread and mustard sauce. You can also serve with chopped red onion and capers, if desired.
For the mustard sauce:

1) Combine the mustards, sugar and vinegar in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in the oil and stir in the chopped dill. Serve with the gravlax.

Bon Appetit!!


Helwi El Hayet

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