Christmas Grazing Board By Reena

It’s a Grazing Board this Christmas!  Give your Christmas party a punch with exotic foods, salads, dips, cheeses, crackers, sauces,meats ,vegetables, nuts and fruits .

Here’s how to assemble a Mega Grazing board , pairing foods the way you like. There’s no rule as such but let the foods marry in flavour – for example salsas and nachos , kababs and chutneys , hummus and mini pitas, chutneys with kababs , veg or non veg, nuts like, salted almonds, cashews, dates and raisins, bread rolls,  dimsums, cheese varieties, mini fruit pies, the choice is limitless.
It’s all the fashion these days , this interesting assortment of food and it’s economical too.
Decorate your table with flowers, lights and pop open a bottle of wine !!! Serve Mocktails and Punches.

Pineapple Salsa …

 A simple and quick addition to the board.
Pineapple.             1/2 cored and chopped
Bell peppers           1 diced. One red and one green
Small onion.            1 chopped
Rice wine.                1 tbsp
Olive oil.                   1 tbsp
Basil,leaves.             3 tbsp finely chopped
Red chilli flakes.       1 tsp
Salt and pepper to taste1. In a pan, roast pineapple cubes with salt and pepper, and red chilli flakes .
2. Combine with all other ingredients in a bowl drizzling olive oil as you do, toss well and serve with nachos.
Add this to the grazing board along with :Strawberry lemonade
1.  Wash and coarsely chop fresh strawberries   1 cup. Stew them for a minute with a little water and set aside.
2.  Make 4 cups of lemon juice with sugar and combine with the stewed strawberries.
3.  Chill and serve with ice , sprigs of mint or basil and wedges of oranges, set in the bottom of the glass.
Your guests are going to love this !Merry Christmas and Happy  New  Year!

Reena Chandrashekar

Reena Chandrashekar is a contributor to the Madras Gymkhana Club Magazine

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