On the last and first day of the year, we traditionally eat oliebollen and apple turnover. The serving platter is also popular, but how do you make it suitable for both young and old? Beverage expert and cookbook author Susan Aretz offers tips.
What is the best time to start the serving platter?
“Do you have small children? Then don’t eat before seven o’clock. Then you have a table full of whining children and no one is waiting for them. If you want to have a drink with small children, start at about four o’clock. Then everyone is still in a good mood and you have time together to eat and drink.”
How do you make the serving board childproof?
“It works well to involve your children in the preparations. What do they want to eat? Is there something they don’t know but would like to try?”
“Let your kids help fill the trays and make the snacks. Here’s how to make them part of your evening. Some parents tend to stick to chips, breadsticks and candied tomatoes. But you’ll be surprised what your kids like when you give them a chance to taste everything.”
Try not to think: my child doesn’t like this, so I don’t offer it.
Why is it important to let children taste everything?
“Children’s taste is underestimated. Children like much more than we adults think. Small children are curious by nature, you can use that as a parent. Not everything they taste has to be a success. But try not to think : my child probably won’t like this, so I don’t offer it.”
“You can let your children make their own, separate serving platter. But you can also choose a large platter for everyone to eat from. If your child is a picky eater, give him a choice: do you want cheese, meat or shrimp? What do you want?”
Which snacks should you not miss?
“Make a nice mix of cold and warm dishes. Personally, I love serving a hot soup with a snack plate. It’s also nice to make small sausages or sausage rolls with your child on New Year’s Eve, for example by baking chorizo.”
You can easily make a children’s champagne yourself with lemonade and sparkling water. But applesauce in a festive glass is also a hit.
“Or make a snack of a nacho with some guacamole and a shrimp on top: a beautiful, festive and delicious snack. When the children are asleep, you can expand the shelf for the adults with oysters. But a nice smoked salmon also gives an upgrade to your drinking table.”
Do you have any tips for a sweet ending?
“When I’ve eaten salt, my taste buds scream for something sweet. I’m in favor of putting sweet and salty dishes together. So feel free to add that oil ball and apple turnover. But also think about chocolate pieces, cubes of butter cake, freshly baked brownies or glasses of chocolate mousse .”
“Furthermore, bubbles must not be missed on New Year’s Eve. You can easily make a children’s champagne yourself with lemonade and sparkling water. But apple juice in a festive glass is also a hit.”
Recept voor saucijzenbroodjes met chorizo (8 personen)
– 8 kleine bakchorizo’s
– 1 rol vers bladerdeeg
– 1 ei
Rol het bladerdeeg uit op je aanrecht. Haal de bakchorizo’s uit de verpakking en verdeel gelijkmatig over het bladerdeeg. Zorg dat je het bladerdeeg er ruim omheen snijdt, zodat je de worst nog goed kunt inpakken. Leg de saucijzenbroodjes met de naad naar beneden op de bakplaat.
Smeer de saucijzenbroodjes dunnetjes in met het losgeklopte ei en bestrooi met maan- of sesamzaad.
Bak de saucijzenbroodjes ongeveer 15 minuten op 200 graden in een voorverwarmde oven.
Uit de chorizo kan nog wat vet lopen. Als dat gebeurt, duw je de saucijzenbroodjes na ongeveer 10 minuten naar een droog stukje op de bakplaat.
Is de onderkant van je deeg daarna alsnog te nat/vettig? Leg de gebakken saucijzenbroodjes dan even op je ovenrooster en laat ze nog 5 minuten in de (uitgeschakelde) oven staan.
Bron: Wereldwijd Borreltijd, Susan Aretz.
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