2 Perfect Finger-Food Ideas

October 20, 2013

So I’ve been experimenting with a couple of ideas that are perfect finger-food snacks, great for when hosting guests or just while lounging around at home. They are delicious, healthy, and both easy and inexpensive to make.

 

I’m a big fan of melon wrapped in Serrano ham. Who isn’t? It’s delicious! Unfortunately, Serrano ham has a high sodium and fat content. You could discard the fat, but where’s the fun in that? The fat is part of the flavor. Plus each slice packs around 70-75 calories.. yikes.

 

So I set out to find a healthier alternative and I chose turkey bacon, which at 30-35 calories per slice is a great compromise and it still tastes great!

 

Honey melon, raspberry & turkey bacon snacks

 

Ingredients

  • 1 Honey melon

  • 1 pack Turkey bacon

  • 1 pack raspberries

  • Toothpicks

 

Method

  • Cut the honey melon out in bite-sized squares

  • Rinse the raspberries and set aside

  • Fry the turkey bacon in a non-stick pan (you could use cooking spray if you prefer)

  • Let turkey bacon cool before either using your fingers or a knife to make approx. 2 inch pieces

  • Put the melon squares on a platter, fold the turkey bacon on top, add the raspberry and spear the 3 ingredients with the toothpick.

  • Serve right away or keep chilled in fridge.

 

 

Next up, is a great way to curb that ice cream craving! One day I remembered that as a kid, in Mexico, they used to sell frozen bananas on a stick covered in all sorts of naughty yumminess. I thought to myself, the idea is brilliant, but a whole frozen banana seemed like overkill. So I decided to make small bite-sized banana pieces, I coated them with melted 85% fair trade dark chocolate and coconut flakes.

 

 

Chilled choco-coconut banana treats

 

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas (but not too ripe)

  • 70 gr dark chocolate (70% and up)

  • 3/4 cup Coconut flakes

  • toothpicks

 

Method

  • Peel and cut the bananas in bite-sized pieces

  • Pour coconut flakes into a deep dish, set aside

  • Line a baking sheet with baking paper

  • Melt the chocolate

  • Once the chocolate is melted, using a fork, carefully coat the banana in the chocolate, dip gently in the coconut flakes and place on baking sheet, spear each with toothpicks

  • When you’ve coated all your banana pieces, cover sheet with plastic or foil (careful, don’t squish your treats)

  • Place sheet in freezer for 20 min.  Serve right away or move them to fridge to keep chilled.

 

Extra tips:

NB! To see how to melt chocolate in water bath (aka bain marie) method, see the clip below:

 

http://youtu.be/zdUhmvRjxow

 

To see how to melt chocolate in a microwave:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5QVejtS02k

 

Hope these experiments and ideas of mine are useful to you guys. Enjoy!! :)

 

 

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