Sunday 17 December 2017

Easy telly treats are on the ball

You don't need an excuse to throw a party and these tasty dishes are right for a casual meal

WHILE Americans will be huddled around their TV screens eating snacks and drinking beer tomorrow for Superbowl, I felt like sharing some easy crowd-pleasing recipes for the next party you throw at home.

1 > Smoked barbecued Chicken Pizza

Makes 2 pizzas/serves five


>2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

>3 chicken breasts, cut into strips

>250ml barbecue sauce

>2 8-10 inch par-baked pizza crusts, found at most stores

>150g smoked gouda, shredded

>150g mozzarella, shredded

150g parmesan cheese, shredded

1 red onion, sliced thinly

4 tbsp coriander, finely chopped


>Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.

> Heat oil in a skillet and saute chicken strips until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Let cool.

>In a bowl take 2 tbsp of barbecue sauce and toss with chicken.

>Place pizza crust on a non-stick sheet, spread with barbecue sauce, leaving a 1/2 inch from the edge without sauce.

>Sprinkle 3 cheeses on top evenly, top with onion and the chicken.

>Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese bubbles.

>Sprinkle with coriander and serve immediately.

2>Sun-dried tomato and garlic Hummus with Toasted Pitas

Makes 10-15 triangles


>1 pack pita bread

>2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

>salt and pepper

>100ml water

>4 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil

>2 x 15oz cans chickpeas, drained

>4 garlic cloves

>1/2 tsp chilli flakes

>1/2 tsp sea salt


>Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F.

>Brush pita bread with the extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut into triangles and place on a non-stick baking sheet.

>Bake for 20-15 minutes or until golden. Set aside and let cool.

>Place other ingredients in a food processor, pulse at first and then blend for 10-15 seconds to mix ingredients until hummus resembles a paste-like texture.

>Serve in a bowl surrounded by the baked triangles.

3>Brownie stack

This is a great simple recipe that can be made the night before the party.

Serves 4


>475ml heavy whipping cream

>2 tbsp powdered sugar

>1-tbsp pure vanilla extract

>8 squares of chocolate brownie bites


>Whisk cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.

>Break up the chocolate brownie bite into small pieces.

>Spoon whipped cream into four glasses, top with brownie pieces and repeat using 2 chocolate brownie bites per glass.

>Chill in the fridge before serving.

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