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From quick-fix canapés to easy sweet treats, our food editor Heather Taylor shares party recipe ideas to make this season as easy as it is delicious

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The hearty winter salad

Bring colour to your party spread with this vibrant dish. Roast sliced butternut squash with our Cook With M&S honey and clementine glaze (available in store), then serve with blanched cavolo nero, feta, pomegranate and charred clementine wedges.

Winter roast squash, cavolo nero and pomegranate salad

The warming welcome drink

Greet guests with a spiced mulled sloe gin. Simply simmer a pack of our mulled wine spices (find them in store) with cloudy apple juice and citrus wedges. When hot, add a dash of sloe gin – or leave out for a kid-friendly version.

Mulled sloe gin

The easy, cheesy bake

For moreish stilton pinwheels, spread our caramelised onion chutney on a puff pastry sheet, crumble over stilton and toasted walnuts, roll, cut into spirals, brush with egg-wash and bake at 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7 for 20-30 minutes.

Stilton, walnut and caramelised onion pinwheels

The bite-sized canapé

Roast new potatoes with sea salt and olive oil until golden. Meanwhile, grill our Christmas-spiced bacon until crisp, then chop finely. Load up each mini jacket with a spoonful of our truffle mayonnaise, the bacon and freshly chopped chives.


The salted caramel brittle

Make a caramel by heating 100g butter, 100g caster sugar and ½ tsp salt until golden brown. Scatter handfuls of salted caramel party mix, available in the M&S Foodhall, over a buttered baking tray, then pour the caramel over. Leave to set and break into shards.

Salted caramel and nut brittle
Words:Heather Taylor /Images:Martin Poole /Food stylist:Kim Morphew /Prop styling:Cynthia Blackett
Art director:Helen Richardson



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