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There lies an unsung hero in the grand theme of parties – the savoury snack! While sweet treats often steal the limelight, savoury morsels carve delicious memories with their intricate flavours. Wherever you are in the world, savoury snacks are conversation starters, mood lifters, and often, the life and soul of the party.


The Quintessential Ingredients


The magic of savoury snacks lies in their ingredients. Cheese is often the cornerstone with its creamy texture and rich flavour. Whether it's the classic cheddar, the sophisticated camembert, the stinky stilton or the bold blue, cheese lends a unique flavour to every bite.


Herbs and spices play a pivotal role in enriching snacks – English garden favourites such as rosemary, thyme, and basil enhance the simplest snack, whilst paprika, cayenne, and turmeric add a dash of international flair.


And then, there's meat – the bacon crisped to perfection, the succulent pieces of chicken, or the thinly sliced beef, each adding a layer of complexity and indulgence to the savoury creations. With its flaky texture and distinctive taste, seafood such as rich and flavourful salmon is always a welcome addition. It elevates any dinner party to a new height of sophistication.


A Recipe to Remember - Cheese and Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms




12 large mushrooms, cleaned and stems removed

200g cream cheese, softened

100g cheddar cheese, grated

150g fresh spinach, chopped and sautéed

Two cloves of garlic, minced

Two tablespoons of chives, finely chopped

Salt and pepper to taste




  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • In a pan, sauté the spinach and garlic until the spinach wilts and the garlic is aromatic. Allow it to cool.


  • Combine the sautéed spinach and garlic in a mixing bowl with the cream cheese and cheddar. Add chives and season with salt and pepper. Mix until well combined.
  • Place the mushroom caps on a baking sheet, hollow side up. Spoon the cheese and spinach mixture into the mushrooms, pressing gently to fill the caps.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is golden and bubbly.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving. Garnish with additional chives if desired.


These cheese and spinach stuffed mushrooms offer a delightful vegetarian alternative, ensuring everyone enjoys the savoury snacks. The tender mushrooms, filled with a blend of cheeses and the earthy touch of spinach, promise a culinary experience that makes every event memorable.



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