Nibbles, are essential for Christmas, it doesn’t matter how much we eat at breakfast we are usually hungry before lunch. Picky bits are often peanuts, crisps and bellinis.
Crisps. A go to for nibbles, around the festive season we all love a bag of crisps when the family are round. Making your own crisps can save you time and money. The average price for a family bag of luxury crisps is £1.11 the average price for homemade crisps is £0.16 no competition really.
Vegetable crisps are easy and simple to make just ensure you pick your flavourings well.
- Pick your vegetable; potatoes, carrots, parsnips and apples are great options.
- Slice the vegetables incredibly thin, either in rounds or strips.
- In a resealable bag place the sliced vegetables and flavourings; salt and pepper, finely ground parmesan and onion powder or chilli powder. Mix well.
- Place the vegetables on a tray and cover lightly with oil, toss and place in the oven for 25-30 minutes on 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6, flipping halfway through.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Bellinis are a great nibble on Christmas Day, the toppings can vary so they’ll suit everyone. The base I use is a small cracker – usually Ritz – but you can use anything you’d like either a typical Bellini base or a cracker.
Topping options and average price for 20 servings.
Cucumber and cream cheese £0.81
Salmon and cream cheese £1.76
Cheddar and ham £1.53
Cheddar and pickle £1.40
Steak and red onion £1.50
Tomato and mozzarella £0.37
Carrot and courgette £0.39
*prices correct as of 1/12/16