Party food that's sure to please

It used to be that canapes and fancy things were all the rage when it came to party food, but times have changed and all those old-fashioned things your nana used to make are back en vogue. Rather than make you drown in a sea of Google suggestions, we’ve put together a few “oldies but goodies” recipes together that we’re sure will go down a treat at your summer party.

Cheese Rolls

Depending on where you grew up they could be “Southland Cheese Rolls” or “Timaru Cheese Rolls” – one thing everyone agrees on is that they are YUM…and surprisingly easy to make! You can even make a whole bunch and freeze them so you’re ready for those impromptu summer visits from friends and family.

  • 1 375ml tin of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ½ t pepper
  • 500g grated cheese (tasty or edam)
  • 1 32g packet of onion soup mix
  • 1 ½ loaves of white sandwich bread
  • Softened butter (to spread)

  • Place evaporated milk in a pot with the cream, mustard powder and pepper. Heat until almost boiling. Remove from the heat, add the cheese and the soup powder then stir until cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened. Let it cool – it will thicken even more as it cools down.

    Preheat the oven to 180 and line two oven trays with baking paper.

    Butter one side of each slice of bread (you can take the crusts off if you like – but if you want to be a true to the original, leave them on). Spread 2 tsp of the cheese mixture on the unbuttered side of each slice. Roll them up firmly, placing the joined-edge down on the baking tray. Bake until crisp and golden (about 15-20mins). Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Stuffed Curried Eggs

This is a true kiwi classic that you’ll remember from those fancy lunches your nana had when you were a kid – they’re now a trendy kitsch throwback. To some people the name makes them sound weird, but they’re really tasty! If you want to go all-out hipster, serve them on fancy plates with a paper doily.

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Ground paprika to garnish

  • Put the eggs in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for 10 mins. Remove the eggs from the pot and cool under cold water before peeling off the egg shells.

    Cut the eggs in half length-wise and scoop the yolks into a bowl. Add the curry powder, salt and pepper, mayonnaise and parsley to the egg yolks and mash until smooth.

    Spoon the egg yolk mixture back into the egg white cases.

    Garnish with sprigs of parsley and/or a sprinkle of smoked paprika.

Fancy (but easy) Sausage Rolls

Saussie rolls – no party is complete without them, but if you really want to impress, make this easy homemade version. Your mates will be impressed and they’ll never know they’re almost as easy as the frozen ones.

  • A pack of good sausages (not the pre-cooked ones)
  • 1 packet of puff pastry sheets
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  • An egg
  • Sesame or poppy seeds - or dried herbs (optional)

  • Lay out sheets of pastry and spread a strip of the pastry with sweet chilli sauce.

    Squeeze out the meat from the sausages on top of the sweet chilli sauce in a strip.

    Brush one edge with egg and roll up.

    Repeat this until all your sausage meat is used up.

    Brush the top of the rolled pastry with egg and sprinkle with seeds or mixed herbs.

    Cut the rolls into the size you want each sausage roll to be.

    Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until the sausage rolls are puffed and golden.