Olive Paste and Blue Cheese Canapé

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Olive paste and blue cheese canapé


  • 115g pitted cured black olives, plus some for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsps pine nuts
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 loaf long crusty bread, cut in ¼inch slices
  • 200g blue cheese
  • 1 roasted red pepper, cut in strips (to garnish)


  1. Place the olives, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil in a food processor and chop finely.
  2. Spread thinly on bread slices.
  3. Cover with blue cheese.
  4. Decorate with a piece of roasted pepper or olive.
  5. Don’t forget the canapé sticks!

Tomato, mozzarella and basil bruschetta

Makes 10


  • 10 slices of coarse bread such as pugliese or sourdough
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • salad and freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 plum or salad tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 10 tiny mozzarella cheeses, each cut into 3 pieces
  • 2 tsp basil leaves, torn


  1. Grill the bread until crisp and then rub with garlic and a little pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Allow to cool.
  2. Top each slice of bread with tomatoes and mozzarella and scatter over the basil.
  3. Top with a little more oil, arrange on platter and serve.

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