Stoptober Finger Foods

Stoptober: 10 Finger Food Recipe Ideas to Help While You’re Trying to Quit Smoking

Trying to stop smoking? Well, you couldn’t have chosen a better time! 

People are becoming increasingly aware of the health risks associated with smoking, and the fact that 241,725 people are taking part in Stoptober this year is proof of that.

Apart from the multiple health benefits of stopping smoking, you can also look forward to whiter teeth, slower facial ageing and improved smell and taste. So if you’re on your way to becoming smoke-free, why not take advantage of your newly-sharpened taste buds by getting creative in the kitchen? Keeping your mind off smoking and stimulating your other senses can be the best way to stop smoking, as well as offering the opportunity to create some really tasty treats for you, your friends and family.

We’ve selected ten simple finger food recipes for you to try at home, which will be sure to get your newly-sharpened taste buds tingling!

Creamy potato skins (Prep: 15mins Cook: 1hr)

What you’ll need: 500g bag new potatoes, sour cream, 1 tbsp olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, 75ml half-fat soured cream, a small bunch of chopped chives, 6 slices of bacon (cooked and snipped), sea salt and black pepper.

What to do: After pre-heating the oven to 170°C, use a fork to make small holes in the potatoes, before rubbing them with the oil. Place on a baking tray, sprinkle with salt and bake for 1 hour. Let them cool for ten minutes before cutting a small cross in the top of each potato. Add a sprinkling of parmesan and top with sour cream and chives. Finally, add black pepper according to taste.

Cranberry Chutney Bites (Prep: 20 Cook: 0)

What you’ll need: ½ cup of dried cranberries, 60ml water, 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger, 12 tbsp mango chutney, soft cheese, crackers and a saucepan.

What to do: Mix the cranberries, water, ginger and sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes, before stirring in the chutney. Keep this covered and allow to chill for over 2 hours. When ready to serve, apply the cream cheese to the crackers and top with a teaspoon of chutney.

Smoked Salmon Rolls (Prep: 15 Cook: 0)

What you’ll need: 1 tbsp crème fraîche, 4 slices smoked salmon, ground black pepper, mixing bowl and cocktail sticks.

What to do: Mix the black pepper in the crème fraîche in a small mixing bowl. Spread around ¼ of the mixture on top of each smoked salmon piece. Roll up tightly with the crème fraîche on the inside of the salmon slice. Secure the roll with cocktail sticks every 2cm and cut a slice between each stick.

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels (Prep: 10 Cook: 0)

What you’ll need: a 170g pack of dried cranberries (preferably sweetened), 250g cream cheese spread, 1 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup chopped spring onions and 4 large flour tortillas.

What to do: Mix all ingredients (excluding tortillas) in a mixing bowl. Spread mixture evenly amongst tortillas and roll tightly. Wrap these in cling film and refrigerate for an hour or more. Cut into 12 slices before serving.

Stuffed Mushrooms (Prep: 20 Cook: 10)

What you’ll need: 450g mushrooms, 3 slices of finely chopped bacon, ½ chopped onion, 1 clove finely chopped garlic, 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese and ¼ tsp salt.

What to do: Remove the mushroom stems and finely chop them, leaving the cap intact. Put a dash of olive oil and a small knob of butter into a frying pan before adding the bacon, chopped stems, onion and garlic. Sauté until onions are soft and then drain. Add remaining ingredients (excluding mushroom caps). Stuff the mixture into the caps and bake for 10 minutes at 190°C.

Pizza Bagel Bites (Prep: 10 Cook: 8)

What you’ll need: 20 miniature bagels (cut in half), 2 cups diced mozzarella cheese, 1 cup diced pepperoni, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and one tsp of oregano or basil.

What to do: Lay the sliced bagels on a sheet of tin foil or greaseproof paper. Mix together remaining ingredients and apply 2-3 tbsp of the mixture to the top of each bagel. Cook at 190°C until cheese melts (approx. 8-10 mins).

BLT Bites (Prep: 20 Cook: 0)

What you’ll need: 20 cherry tomatoes, 8 slices bacon, 6 tbsp mayonnaise, 1/3 cup chopped spring onion, grated parmesan cheese and 1 tbsp snipped parsley.

What to do: Cut a thin slice off the top of each tomato. Scoop out the insides and place upside-down on a kitchen towel to drain. Mix together all remaining ingredients and spoon into the tomatoes. Refrigerate until chilled and serve.

Crispy Potato Bites (Prep: 10 Cook: 30)

What you'll need: 4 medium potatoes, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, grated parmesan cheese, 60ml melted butter, 10ml olive oil, sea salt and ground black pepper.

What to do: Having preheated the oven to 220°C, dice potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Pour olive oil and butter into an ovenproof dish and add potatoes, rolling them to ensure they are fully coated. Add salt and pepper according to taste. Next, cover the potatoes with the cheese and breadcrumbs. Cook for 30 minutes, turning halfway through to ensure they're crispy on both sides. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Pecan Rolo Bites (Prep: 10 Cook: 5)

What you’ll need: 25 pretzels, 25 Rolo chocolates, 25 pecan nuts.

What to do: After pre-heating the oven to 190°C, spread the 25 pretzels out on tin foil or greaseproof paper and place a Rolo on top of each pretzel. Put the sheet of pretzels into the oven. When the chocolate has melted, remove from the oven and place a pecan nut on top of each melted Rolo. Allow to cool and harden before serving.

Apple Bites (Prep: 5 Cook: 0)

What you’ll need: 2 medium-sized apples, 1 tsp of cinnamon (according to taste) and cocktail sticks.

What to do: Peel the apple and cut it into bite-sized chunks. Put the chunks into a container and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Place the lid on the container and shake gently, ensuring the cinnamon is distributed evenly. Insert cocktail sticks into the apple pieces and serve immediately.

It doesn’t get much easier than that!

So whether you’ll be enjoying these finger foods yourself, or throwing a party to celebrate your new, smoke-free lifestyle, take advantage of your new-found senses with these tasty finger foods.

N.B. Times are for fan-assisted ovens, but ovens without a fan may take longer.