Looking for some simple ways to impress this Christmas?

Yes, the celebrations may be a little different this year, but you can still make the day extra special with the inclusion of some tasty treats such as these Smoked Mackerel and Horseradish Blinis from one of our favourite local food writers, Anna Stanford of  Anna’s Family Kitchen.

Not only do these little nibbles taste delicious (especially when accompanied by a chilled glass of fizz) but they’re also really simple to prepare, making them a double win as far as we’re concerned!

Anna says “These 5 minute canapés couldn’t be easier and are a lovely alternative to the traditional smoked salmon & creamed cheese version.” Sound good? Here’s what you need to know…

Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Blinis

Serves: 4-6

Prep: 4 minutes
Cooking: 1 minute
Total: 5 minutes

Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

16 shop bought blinis

Juice of a lemon

200g smoked mackerel fillets

2 tsp hot horseradish

1 tbsp Greek Yogurt (we used Tims Dairy Yogurt)

Chopped chives

Lemon wedges to serve

Recipe:

Warm the blinis in the oven for 1 minute

Flake the fish off the skin picking out an bones.

Mix the fish with the horseradish, yogurt, lemon juice, chopped herbs and some seasoning and spoon onto the blinis.

Serve with lemon wedges.

Anna has several other Christmas Canape ideas on her website, including Duck & Watermelon Asian Pancakes and Sweet Potato & Spinach Samosas.  Everything you need for a small, simple yet sophisticated celebration with your loved ones.

Happy Christmas everyone!