Food Friday: “Scrumptious: Food for Family and Friends”

You know what time of year it is… football season! Time for game-day get-togethers and tailgates. Today’s Food Friday recipe from Penguin Random House South Africa‘s title Scrumptious is an appetizer that’s perfect for a game-day snack, and it will bring a little extra class to your next tailgate.

9781431702244Book Synopsis: You don’t need to be an expert cook to produce heart-warming dishes that sing with flavor – all that’s required is passion, patience, and smart preparation well in advance. Jane-Anne Hobbs has created over 90 original, triple-tested recipes designed to take the fuss out of home entertaining and bring smiles to the faces of the people you love. Whether you’re planning a relaxed get-together over a homely dish of soup, stew, or salad, or a lavish spread with all the bells and whistles, you’ll find plenty of inspiring new ideas here, plus top tips for planning a meal to remember.

Smoked Venison with Cream Cheese and Horseradish
Paper-thin smoked venison, fresh horseradish, cream cheese and white pepper, all brought together with a tart, sweet pomegranate syrup.

2 x 250 g tubs full-fat cream cheese
4 tsp (20 ml) peeled and very finely grated garlic
Fresh horseradish or 5 tsp (25 ml) bottled
Creamed horseradish
1 tsp (5 ml) white pepper
4 tsp (20 ml) olive oil
Salt, to taste
12 paper-thin slices smoked venison
2 tbsp (30 ml) pomegranate syrup
Pomegranate seeds or baby herb leaves

Mix the cream cheese, horseradish and white pepper in a bowl, adding just enough olive oil to create a rather stiff, smooth mixture. Season with salt. Lightly oil two small bowls and press a sheet of clingfilm into each. Line the bowls with venison, overlapping the edges by a few centimetres. Pack the cream cheese mixture into the moulds, smooth the tops and fold the overlapping pieces of venison over the filling. Cover and chill for two hours. Unmould onto two plates and remove the clingfilm. Trickle pomegranate syrup onto the plate, around the venison moulds, and top with pomegranate seeds or herbs. Serve with crackers or melba toast.

Serves 8 as a snack.

Make up to 8 hours in advance, but pour on the syrup at the last minute. Pomegranate syrup is available at delicatessens.

The finished product!

All images and recipe text from Scrumptious: Food for Family and Friends

We hope you and your game-day guests enjoy this recipe. If you try it, let us know how it turns out in the comments! For more recipes like this one, purchase your copy of Scrumptious here.

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