14 features for Christmas, Day 3: nibbles

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.

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My sweet chilli crisps, made with 1tbsp oil and 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

Vegetable crisps are easy and simple to make just ensure you pick your flavourings well.

  1. Pick your vegetable; potatoes, carrots, parsnips and apples are great options.
  2. Slice the vegetables incredibly thin, either in rounds or strips.
  3. In a resealable bag place the sliced vegetables and flavourings; salt and pepper, finely ground parmesan and onion powder or chilli powder. Mix well.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

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