One of my life’s great pleasures is entertaining – I know many of you will think I’m quite mad, but I genuinely enjoy feeding a crowd. In the past, I loved a good fine dining occasion – catering for a three or four-course meal was exciting!
But having kids certainly changed that! So now when I entertain, it tends to be more of an all-in feast – a lovely selection of fresh food served buffet style is my preference. I also try to stick with dishes that I can do the bulk of the preparation in advance.
So I thought, given the social nature of this time of year, that I would share a few fast, easy to prepare dishes that I often serve to a crowd. Starting with my tasty take on a potato bake.
1kg small potatoes washed (I use Dutch Creams or Kipflers)
2 heaped tablespoons fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano) OR 1 level tablespoon of dried herb provencal
50g your choice of fat (butter, ghee, lard or duck fat)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons capers, drained
1 tablespoon of vinegar (I use red wine or apple cider vinegar)
1 cup (approx.) black olives, pitted (kalamata are nice)
Drizzle extra virgin olive oil
I would serve this to accompany a BBQ or roast style meal with a few different salads (loads of beautiful salad recipes here). We often have this midweek with grilled fish or meat and a leafy green salad.
Make it cheesy
This is lovely with grated parmesan or feta cheese crumbled over it.
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