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'The last thing you want to do when you’re hosting friends & family for drinks & food is to spend most of your time in the kitchen… especially at Christmas! These canapes are not only delicious & full of textures, but they’re colourful & a great conversation starter.'
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350g chicken fillets
Chicken stock pot
½ pint of water
500g Waitrose baby beetroot in mild malt vinegar
1 tbsp soured cream
1x pot of balsamic pearls
Baby cress pot
1x pack of Waitrose 1 Beetroot, Nigella & Seed Oat Biscuits
1x pack of Waitrose 1 Charcoal & Sesame Wholemeal Biscuits
1. Begin by adding some olive oil to a wok or frying pan. Heat the oil over a medium heat & add the chicken fillets. Once the outsides have been sealed, add the chicken stock pot & ½ pint of fresh water. Bring the stock up to the boil & then simmer gently for 15 minutes. Once cooked, shred or pull the chicken & set aside ready for assembly.
2. Whilst the chicken is cooking, bring some fresh water to the boil in a medium sized saucepan & add the peas. Boil the peas for 3 minutes before adding to a colander & rinsing under a cold tap until cool. Add the peas to a blender, with a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of pepper, a pinch of salt & blend. If the mixture is struggling to blend, add a dash of water to loosen it up. Be careful not to add too much water as you want a puree that will be quite thick & won’t run off. Once this has been done, pass the mixture through a colander. Taste the puree & adjust the seasoning if required. Set aside ready for serving.
3. Rinse the blender out & this time add the beetroot with a tablespoon of soured cream. Add a pinch of pepper & a pinch of salt to taste. Blend till smooth. Decant to a bowl ready for serving.
4. Place the biscuits on your serving plate. Using a teaspoon, scoop a bit of the beetroot mixture onto the biscuit & spread slightly using the back of the spoon. Top the beetroot with a teaspoon of the pea puree. Top this with the shredded chicken, crumbled feta cheese, dill leave, balsamic pearls and the baby cress. Finish the canapes off with a pinch of pepper & a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy.