Thursday, December 31, 2009

Last Minute New Year Appetizers?

Even if it's a quiet night at home ?:)

I mentioned these just a little while ago and included the recipe..but never photographed them.

And.. now they've had the unanimous stamp of approval here..You just may want to try them yourselves~
Marie's Stilton crackers with Major Grey Chutney..cream cheese and a toasted perfect walnut on top:)~

*Stilton and Walnut Shortbreads with an Indian Twist*
Makes 36

These tasty and savoury shortbreads are truly delicious even on their own, but when you marry them with the soothing creaminess of soft cheese and the tangy spicness of a good mango chutney, well, it truly is a marriage made in heaven! These are always the first to dissappear off the Hors D'oeuvres trays.

4 ounces of Stilton cheese at room temperature
3 TBS unsalted butter, at room temperature
70g plain flour
30g corn flour
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
50g chopped walnuts
3 TBS cream cheese
3 TBS good quality mango chutney
36 small walnut halves, toasted (for garnishing)

Put the blue cheese and butter into the bowl of a food processor. Process together until creamy. Whisk the flour, corn flour, pepper and salt together in a small bowl. Add to the creamed mixture in the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the chopped walnuts and pulse just until incorporated. You still want there to be little discernable chunks of walnuts. Do NOT overprocess.

Remove the mixture from the food processor and shape into a flattened disc. Wrap well in cling film and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, or until firm.

Pre-heat the oven to 160*C/325*F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place the chilled dough on a piece of cling film. Cover with another piece of cling film. Roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch thick. Remove the top piece of cling film and cut into 1 inch fluted circles with a sharp cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Gather the dough scraps together and press back into a disk, roll out and repeat until all the dough is used up , placing each on the baking sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch of space between each one.

Bake until lighty brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on wire racks to cool. You can do this much several days ahead if you wish.

When you are ready to serve them. Top each biscuit with a tsp of the creamed cheese and then an equal amount of the chutney. Finally place a toasted walnut on top of each. Serve. (Don't top with the toppings until you are ready to serve them)

I know I am repeating myself..I do that in real life too..But they are THAT good:)

Enjoy.. and have a great last day of the year..


  1. Oh, Monique - these look delicious and so beautifully presented (as always!)

    May the new year bring you much joy and continued blogging success!

  2. ça a l'air très bon, enfin moi, ce sont les saveurs que j'aime !
    je te souhaite une belle et heureuse année 2010, Monique, ainsi qu'à tous les tiens :)

  3. These savory little appetizers with disappear in an instant at my house. Cream cheese and chutney is always a favorite combination and the little shortbread cookies are perfect with it. So much flavor in one little bite. Beautiful.

    Best wishes for a very healthy and happy New Year to you and your family.

  4. Bravo Artist!!!!
    Such a presentation!!!!, and you know I'm all about that!
    We are off to a 75th birthday party/New Years party for my Aunt!
    WISH I would have seen these beauties earlier.
    Certainly will give them a go eventually....
    Have fun this evening my friend,
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

  5. De très grosses bises à toi et à Jacques en vous souhaitant une très bonne fin d'année (votre soirée commencera après la nôtre ! ;o)). Nous serons en 2010 avant vous ! ;o))
    A très vite

  6. Tous mes voeux pour cette nouvelle année 2010, pour toi et tous ceux qui te sont proches
    A bientôt

  7. its like little fairy food around here, pretty tiny morsels~

    well my divine miss m, another year, another toast, CHEERS TO MY NBF! i have loved the ride...

  8. Oh, these look so powerfully petite! They would be great for a brunch, too...maybe a New Years brunch.

    Thanks Monique, once again for a feast for the senses.

    Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010.


  9. These look yummy! Of course all of your food looks yummy! Great appetizer!

  10. Those are cute little appy's. Love the combination of flavours. What is better than homemade savoury shortbread

  11. Again..something too pretty to eat!

    Happy New Year!

  12. They sound and look delicious, Monique!
    Happy 2010, many blessings to you and your family, and of course, good health!

  13. Lovely, lovely. I would enjoy these for sure. Each ingredient is on my thumbs up list! Delicious for sure.

    Beautiful presentation...

    Happy New Year! Enjoy the celebration!

  14. Bonjour Monique, merci pour tes voeux que je t'offre à mon tour une année 2010 remplis de bonheur, de santé et d'amour.
    Comme tu le mentionnes j'aurais pu mettre les piments dans mes coup de coeur car c'est vrai qu'ils sont vraiment bon mais je n'ai inclus aucune marinade ni de confiture dans mon bilan de l'année.

    À bientôt.

  15. Hi, I want to tell you how much I love your blog! I love your recipes,your baking...everything!!! Just in your blog alone you have introduced me to many,many knew things and sites I have not seen! I am just so giddy with excitement when I open your blog.TRULY.You inspire me.
    Thank you.Evelyn

  16. Wishing you a happy 2010. I'm so glad I found your blog, it's such a delight to read. :)

  17. I am a recent Blue cheese convert and these sound absolutely devine. Must give them a try soon.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    hugs and kisses

  18. I can't resist Stilton so I know I would love these.
    Happy new year.

  19. Happy Day and year everyone thanks so much for the good wishes.I appreciate them and return them too.

  20. A toi aussi merci.
    Tous mes voeux les plus chaleureux pour que cette année 2009 vous soit (à toi et à tous ceux que tu aimes) douce et bonne. je t'embrasse.

  21. They sound delicious! If only my J liked Stilton - I love it!

  22. So very delicious looking. This is a must try. I have always loved Stilton, especially with a glass of Port wine.

  23. oh this is a must try. I do love shortbreads but seldom make them.That doesnt make sense does it? :))