Who can believe that 2013 is just about wrapped up already? Before it ties up with a silver bow on Hogmany, let me share some starter ideas to serve with your savoury macarons.
Not all of us, perhaps, are into savoury macarons such as chocolate and fois gras as an apéritif but have you tried any of the savoury macaron recipes from the book’s ‘Mad Macs’ chapter yet? Many of them are hot and spicy, which makes an interesting tasting sensation: the sweetness of the macaron helps put out the fire after the first couple of seconds!
Gourmet meals can be given that extra touch of chic with a horseradish and beetroot macaron (recipe on page 103). Here I’ve served it with Salar Scottish smoked salmon with an apple and horseradish sauce. Our previous family visit to Corsica included a surprising gourmet treat consisting of a Terre et Mer simple yet sophisticated starter: it may look and sound unusual but, believe me, the mix of smoked salmon with smoky charcuterie dried hams is amazing! The chiogga beetroot and spicy macaron adds that je ne sais quoi.
Mini tikka curry macarons are also a spicy surprise on the side to warming soups, like this leek, pumpkin and ginger velouté.
Or why not try them with a mini amuse-bouche of parsnip, round carrot and coriander soup? Round carrots, or Parisian carrots are round, short and dumpy and have an even sweeter flavour than normal carrots.
Curry fans can add another touch of chilli spice under the mistletoe with the mini Thai curry macarons. Make them red or green, depending on your mood with a hint of coconut.
Thai green curry macarons can be a surprising addition to a starter of sweet potato, crab and thai herb croquettes, served with a thai-style mayonnaise to use up your egg yolks.
Or what about serving a mini mac with these light, gluten-free ginger, crab and coriander quiches?
Inspiration for this warming watercress soup came after a wee trip to the watercress beds in Normandy this summer. Serve with garden herb macarons (recipe on page 97 of the book).
Or surprise your guests with mini herb macarons as a side to this cherry tomato, wild strawberry and rocket salad, peut-être? For those lucky sun-kissed macaronivores in the Southern Hemisphere.
Or serve with a Bloody Mary macaron for a surprise with a slightly bigger punch?
It’s time to wrap up presents but just a few festive starter recipe ideas to accompany the savoury macaron chapter in the book.
Are your macarons ready to party?
and wishing you a
Healthy, Happy and a Macaron-ivorous 2014!