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Festive starters

Festive starters

Current rating: 5 from 1 votes.

Every festive menu deserves a scrumptious starter or two. PnP has quick, easy and stylish solutions for snacks in a flash.

Toasted treats

Simply take bruschetta and add a selection of toppings – there’ll be something to tickle everyone’s fancy. 

And, if you know you’ll have people dropping by over the holidays, pre-make your crostini and store them in a sealed container. Then simply pop them into a hot oven for a few minutes when the doorbell rings.

You’ll need:
Crostini bread rounds (use baguette, ciabatta or sourdough).

To toast:
Rub with garlic, lightly drizzle with olive oil and grill for a minute or two on either side.


  • Salami and peppers: Chargrill or roast peppers, peel and slice. Top toasts with PnP sliced cervelat (salami) and pepper strips.
  • Tapenade and rocket: Spread toasts with a dollop of olive tapenade and top with PnP rocket and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Butternut and feta: Roast PnP diced butternut until golden, pile onto toasts and crumble over PnP feta.
  • Classic tomato: Chop a few PnP mini Italian tomatoes, add torn basil leaves, a glug of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Bounty from the sea

Keep ready-to-serve seafood staples in your fridge or pantry and you’ll be able to whip up snappy snacks in an instant. Don’t forget the crackers, capers and lemon wedges!

  • PnP trout terrine: Make canapé rolls by wrapping dollops of terrine in strips of shaved cucumber, or simply serve with crusty bread and crudités.
  • PnP herbed mackerel: Skin and flake a fillet of mackerel and blitz with a tub of PnP cream cheese to make a heavenly pâté – great with PnP melba toasts or rye bread.
  • PnP smoked salmon: Top slices of salmon with thinly sliced red onion, capers and a dressing made with mayonnaise, a little horseradish and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Enjoy your seafood even more by knowing you’ve made a sustainable choice. SMS the name of your fish to 079 499 8795 and you’ll get a response whether you’re good to go.

Authentic antipasti

Antipasti are great for celebrations – besides adding an instant wow factor to a meal, they take very little effort to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the day.

PnP’s extensive range of marinated, cured and pickled deli products are all you need to make a Mediterranean-style starter or antipasti platter. 

  • PnP Finest Sun-dried Tomato & Macadamia Nut Paste: Incredibly moreish on a slice of crusty bread, as a dip with vegetable crudités, or stirred through hot pasta.
  • PnP Finest Mixed Pepper Antipasto: Add to sandwiches, salads or pastas, or blitz with mayonnaise for a delicious dip.

PnP Finest antipasti includes marinated mushrooms, artichokes, Italian-style shiitake, aubergines and zesty lemons. Serve in mismatched bowls on a large board, add bread, cheeses and cured meats like PnP pepper salami to the mix and you’re all set for a Christmas cocktail gathering or casual lunch.

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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