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Blogmas 2015 Day 12 - Quick Christmas Treats Pt 1.

12 December 2015
Christmas can be pretty overwhelming, decorating, shopping, wrapping, preparing food, visiting everyone, sending out cards, huge crowds and horrible traffic.. It can all add up to a very stressful time.

Usually when we celebrate Christmas day we aren't at home, it's usually hosted by my Nan and she has gotten to the point where it's simply too much work for her, so we try to lessen the load by sharing the food prep, I've compiled a couple of super easy dishes that often result in 'Wow' and 'Yum' responses from other guests. If you're visiting someone elses house for Christmas this year why not take along a plate and make their job a little easier?

First up is an Antipasto platter, I like to put stuff like this together because it only requires some shopping and cutting, I do fry off the chorizo but that is really all that's involved.

I usually pick up all my noms from somewhere like the Prahran Market or Queen Vic Market since everything is available in the one place and I don't have to do major shop hopping, Coles and Woolies don't really stock a lot of specialty products and since this is a once a year kind of deal I like to buy some high quality items.

Meat goes down first, I always buy extra because I tend to eat half of it before it even get's to the plate.

Then for the cheese, I'm a sucker for anything gooey so they are usually the dominant type on the board, I also love a smoked cheese and I try to get a dessert cheese as well.

Next is complimentary noms, stuff that can be sampled with or without the cheese and meats, this is another reason that I like to go to a market for my items, things like the dolmades, stuffed figs and peppers are all hand made by the families that own the shop fronts and you just can't beat a dried and stuffed fig that Nonna made. Bliss.

Next is fresh fruit, I still love melon balls. I'm not sorry and I don't care how daggy they are.

Finally I place the crackers and bread, this is all going to come down to personal preference but a little tip is to make sure you have a gluten free option just in case one of the guests is a coeliac.

Now I'm Hungry..

If you're not trying to photograph your platter while you're putting it together this should only take you about 15 minutes from start to finish. Take a photo at the end and save yourself the extra time ;)

Part 2 will be up next week!

Got any super easy recipes you take along to Christmas events?

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1 comment on "Blogmas 2015 Day 12 - Quick Christmas Treats Pt 1."
  1. I just died and went to Antipasto platter heaven, OMG YUM!