Smoked salmon with marsacpone and rocket
Asparagus spears wrapped in parma ham
|Canape spinach and pine nut stuffed mushrooms. Originally we had suggested the idea of using the mushrooms instead of bread as a pizza base - then changed it to this.|
|Canape breaded mozzarella bites (with panko breadcrumbs)|
|Starter platter of grilled vegetables and Italian style cured meats with ricotta stuffed peppadew peppers and caper berries|
|Italian style cheese platter - gorgonzola, taleggio, buffalo mozarella, parmesan, Italian goats cheese|
|Saffron arancini, fresh anchovies, olives and grilled halloumi. Originally part of the antipasti we decided it worked as canapes.|
|Baked chicken marinated in balsamic, fresh thyme and oregano|
|Italian style butterflied roasted leg of lamb|
|Melanzane Parmigiana from Ms Marmitelover's book. They liked it so much it all disappeared and rather than just having it as a vegetarian choice they decided to have it more as a main course accompaniment for everyone.|
|Peaches baked in marsala topped with amaretti biscuits - sometimes the simple things are the best. They loved them! Served with vanilla marscapone|
|Zucotto. This was a recipe I saw while having lunch the day before (no time is wasted). On the outside is lemon drizzle cake, inside vanilla cream with raspberries, strawberries and blueberries. Then it is pressed and turned out and coated in white chocolate ganache and sprinkled with coconut. Absolute dessert heaven!|
There was also tirimisu cheesecake - amaretti biscuits as a base, coffee and amaretto cheesecake filling, whipped vanilla cream and chocolate on top.
I also had mini lemon tarts and prosecco jelly from another party the night before so served these as well. They might go for all 5 as small versions.