In our house even the starters need to be innovative and well, enthralling. Chips and dip is something I do only after at least 2-3 lavish Indian and continental appetizers have been finalized. I try to keep these hors d oeuvres as light and simple as possible because I hate it when no one takes seconds and third, though over time I have realized if my guests are drunk enough they will eat well no matter how many appetizers I served!
One of our favourite meats for snacks and starters is definitely tuna, maybe after pork cold cuts. There is a lot we do with tuna, we bake it, fry it and of course salad it, this particular starter is delicious even for people that don’t usually eat fish and seafood. It is so popular in our house, that Andy will finish work at midnight (he has a home studio!) and pop into the kitchen to make ‘fish paste’. He can eat 3 packs of salted crackers with a bowl of this stuff and still be ok in the morning.
No Cook Fish Paste Mix
1 can Tuna fish (preferably in oil, though the brine one is healthier, but this one is tastier)
2-3 tbsp mayonnaise (I love kraft, it’s fluffy and light)
1 large onion, minced fine
1 green chilli minced
Juice of half a lemon
2 packs of salted crackers (like Monaco)
Drain the oil out of the tuna. Blend the onions and chillies with the mayo and salt. Mix all the fish into this dressing, top on the crackers, add a drop of Tabasco on each for prettiness and go ahead and gorge! Simple isn’t it!
This is our yum yum movie snack too and this paste is excellent for sandwiches as well, you can make mini ones with cucumber, it is the most cooling food I can think of in the summers!