Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and when it comes to party canapés, it’s also about speed. Noone wants to be slaving away in a lonely kitchen while the party (and the fun) is going on in the next room.
An oldie but a goodie is the dish Devils On Horseback – generally a stuffed date or prune wrapped in bacon or ham. There are a few versions of this recipe, which dates back to Victorian Times, but one of our favourites is by chef and food writerTess Ward, whose blog The Yes Chef is full of simple, inspirational recipes aimed at encouraging more people to have a Yes I Can! approach to their cooking.
Tess's dish (above) features a delicious combination of goats cheese and parma ham, which takes minutes to prepare and cook. She tells us, 'This recipe is very flexible to what is at hand. You can easily swap prunes for dates, or bacon/pancetta for parma ham. Another of my preferred combos is pitted dates, mature cheddar and Black Forest ham. The smokey ham works wonders with the richness of the cheddar and the sweet sticky dates. If you can get your hands on medjool dates, they are the best to use. Failing that, opt for soft pitted ready to eat. A note: dates are that bit sweeter than prunes, so they can balance out the flavour of stronger cheeses nicely.'
WATCH TESS MAKE PRUNES STUFFED WITH GOATS CHEESE AND WRAPPED WITH PARMA HAM HERE>>