December 21, 2012

Simplot Popcorn Hash Brown: Express Canapes for the Holiday Season!

Impressive Your Guests But Don’t Sweat It!

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way… if only I can jingle without a sweat all the way to the festive holidays!  Festive holidays garner an excuse to wine, dine and be merry. During this time, I usually cook up a storm in my kitchen for the coming holiday parties. My family expects me to go all out and be creative and churn out delicious dishes each year. I was in a knot about what to make for appetizers when Santa dropped off bags of Simplot Popcorn Hash BrownsJ

I love potatoes! My Archilles’ heel has always been potatoes and rice. A light bulb went off and I have decided to make this simple and delicious popcorn hash brown into decadent canapés. Don’t be judge by this affordable Simplot popcorn hash brown. Once I finished with these baby tater tots, they are going to look so lavish and sumptuous!

Potatoes really go with anything, so these tater tots are really versatile in blending in with other ingredients and flavors. I decided to make them into Russian, American and Mexican canapés. Taking the basic recipes of the original canapés, I substituted the base of the canapés with Simplot Popcorn Hash Browns.

Going creative, I pan fried a few of the popcorn hash browns till a little soft and squashed them with a masher tool. Once you have smashed them, leave them to fry till golden on one side before turning them. They are fragile till they are golden crisp on one side, then you can flip it over and pan fry the other side till golden.  The disc of popcorn hash browns are now ready to be topped with your choice of filling. Here’s where I vamped them up with my favorites.

Russian Smoked Salmon, American Steak and Potato, Mexican Prawn Salsa

Smoked Salmon with Sour Cream and Dill & Caviar

SIMPLOT Popcorn Hash Brown, Smoked Salmon, Sour Cream, Caviar (optional and any kind will do), Dill or Chives (to garnish)

Roast Beef, Horseradish Cream

SIMPLOT Popcorn Hash Brown, Roast Beef or Pastrami, Horseradish cream (or horseradish mixed with sour cream), Baby Cherry Tomato

Prawn, Cucumber, Salsa

Cooked Prawns, Cucumber, Tomato Salsa

Really, there is no limit to what filling one can top on these crispy Simplot Popcorn Hash Browns. Go Asian with Chili Sardines and Mango Salsa, Spanish with Chorizo Sausage and Cheese, Chinese with Smoked Duck and Hoisin Sauce and so much more! Served them in soups, bakes, pies, and more as their versatility is just endless. Make them into breakfast or simply snack on them. Once I had them with soup and it was delicious as the crispy tater tots goes so well with the Minestrone soup!

You can fry up or baked them in advance as they still remain crispy and delicious at room temperature. Dressed them up only when your party is about to start so the filling and sauce won’t make the crispy disc soggy!

Don’t feel like making them into disc? Improvised and wrapped or skewer the salmon, beef and prawn like I did for this one…

Chasing Food Dreams Simplot Popcorn Hash Brown Canapes for the holidays... Merry Christmas

Simplot Popcorn Hash Browns are made from premium potatoes without fillers. Bake or fry them without even defrosting. It’s definitely good to have some around anytime!

Merry Cooking with Simplot Popcorn Hash Brown!

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  1. am waiting for my next visit to your place to enjoy loads of good food :P :P

  2. Saliva dropping now~~~~ Awhhh so nice...

  3. Very creative canapés! Saves a lot of time grating the potatoes too!

  4. Ahhh...I LIKE! The way you created them