Entertaining could be less hassle than we thought it should be. Dishes can be simple yet sensational. We can easily make use of store bought products, dress them up with our own fillings and call them our own. They are just as delicious and inviting to our guests. This was exactly what happened in Jeriel's birthday party recently. The dishes were really easy to prepare. They took the stress out especially you are the only one who takes care of the party from the planning, shopping till the preparation of every single dish to the desserts. I would like to share this idea with you and hope you will find entertaining less stressful too.
Ham & Garlic Pinwheels
Preheat oven at 200 degC. Roll out ready-to-use puff pastry to 3mm thick. Spread with garlic & herb spread (for garlic bread). Place ham and roll up tightly. Cut into 2cm pieces. Place cut side down on a greased baking sheet. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the pastry puffs up. Remove from oven and brush with beaten egg. Return to oven and bake until golden. Serve hot or cool on wire rack.
To make ahead of time, you could also pack the rolled up pastry in zipper bag and freeze. Before baking, remove from freezer and thaw for 5-10 minutes. Cut into pieces and bake as mentioned above.
Bone and mash a can of sardine in tomato sauce. Take only a few tablespoon of the sauce and mix into the mashed sardine so that it will not be too dry. The filling should not be too runny either as the sauce may ooze out during frying or it will turn the spring roll skin soggy later. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. I would add in juice of a lime (limau kasturi) if my guests are not kids. Cut each spring roll sheet lengthwise into 3 long pieces. Place filling on a piece of skin, fold in triangular shape and seal with beaten egg at the end. LCOM did provide a really good tutorial here if you have not done this before. Deep fry samosa in medium-high heat until golden brown. Serve with tomato or chili sauce.
Think most of my visitors would know how to prepare this :)