Be an outstanding host this holiday, with these easy-to-make appetisers – a perfect start for your festive feast!
Grab your RCS Card and head to your nearest Pick n Pay, Shoprite, Spar or Checkers for ingredients to make appetisers that will keep your guests wanting more – and as a bonus, you’ll get up to 55 days interest free on every RCS Card purchase! Did you also know you can now use your card to access cash?
SMASHED BERRY AND CREAM CHEESE TOASTS
2 cups mixed berries
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tbsps sugar
3 tbsps water
1 – 2 tsps corn starch, sifted
1 French loaf (or bread of your choice), sliced into rounds
1 tub cream cheese
Fresh mint, to garnish
In a medium-sized saucepan combine the mixed berries, vanilla, sugar, and water on a medium heat. Place the lid on the pot. Once the berries start to simmer, crush them using a fork or potato masher. Slowly add the corn starch and mix gently while incorporating. Place aside to cool.
While the berry mixture is cooling, toast the bread to a golden colour and keep aside.
To assemble, smear each piece of toast with some of the cream cheese and top with the berry mixture. Finish by garnishing with a piece of mint.
FETA AND SPINACH STUFFED FRENCH LOAF
300g packet of spinach, washed
1 tsp olive oil
1 French loaf
230g cream cheese (room temperature)
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 packet onion soup mix
½ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup mozzarella (separated)
1 cup feta
Place the spinach in a pot with a little bit of olive oil until the leaves are wilted. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, soup mix, and pepper. Add half the mozzarella and all the feta and spinach. Hollow out the bread along the middle. Fill the bread, and top with the remaining mozzarella. Bake at 180°C for 20 minutes, or until the top is golden. Cool slightly and serve.
CHEDDAR CHEESE BALLS
1 tub cream cheese, softened
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 cup spring onions, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp crushed red chilli flakes, optional
1 cup salami, finely chopped
Crackers and apple slices, for serving
In a bowl whip the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add half of the cheddar cheese, spring onions, chilli flakes and half of the salami to the cream cheese. Place the mixture in the fridge for 1 hour. Take the mixture and roll into small balls and roll in the remaining salami and cheese mixture. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper or wax paper and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
DELICIOUS HOLIDAY TREATS WITH A SWIPE OF YOUR RCS CARD
You can pick up all the ingredients for these delicious appetisers by swiping your RCS Card at your local Pick n Pay, Checkers, Shoprite or Spar. If you don’t have a card yet, don’t stress! The application process is really easy and the card offers 24- or 36-month budget plans, with up to 55 days interest free! Your RCS Card can also be used to get cash when you need it so apply today!