Christmas Canapè recipes with Garner’s Pickled Onions…

Garner’s pickled onions have been working with celeb chef Nigel Barden and have created tasty unusual canapés for the festive period.

Fancy trying these fun recipes out?

Cucumber snake.


  • 1 cucumber – even better if it has a bend in it!
  • 4 wafer thin slices of Parma/Argyll ham
  • 150g Lanark Blue/Roquefort cheese
  • 1 jar Garner’s Sweet Pickled Baby Onions, drained
  • Cocktail sticks
  • Red pepper for forked tongue!


  1. Rinse and dry cucumber.
  2. Cut a thin slice off one side to create a flat base.
  3. Mark skin with a canelling knife if wished.
  4. Thread the wooden sticks with a Garner’s Sweet Baby Pickled Onion, a nugget of cheese, weave on a sliver of ham and finish with an onion.
  5. Jab completed sticks into the cucumber in 2 wavy ‘tramlines’ up the centre from end to end.
  6. Use a small vegetable knife to shape a mouth at one end and push in a piece of red bell pepper shaped as a forked tongue to complete the snake.
  7. You can add more features if you wish such as attaching 2 pickled onion eyes

Grilled Goat’s Cheese Croutes with Pickled Shallots.


  • 1 jar Garner’s Pickled Shallots, drained
  • 1 french stick
  • Olive oil to drizzle
  • 1 jar pesto
  • Your favourite fresh goat’s cheese/ Camembert


  1. Pre heat oven 180 C/ Gas No4.
  2. Slice bread obliquely to create diagonal pieces.
  3. Line a metal tray with baking parchment and fill tray with slices of bread. 
  4. Drizzle lightly with oil.
  5. Place a thin wedge of cheese on each slice and press in a couple of pickled shallots.
  6. Add a dot of pesto and roast in oven for approx 5 minutes until cheese just melting around the onion.
  7. Delicious served immediately.

Haggis and Original Pickled Onion Tartlets.


  • 1 jar Garner’s Original Pickled Onions, drained
  • 1 small haggis, freshly cooked or you can use black pudding
  • 1 jar cranberry sauce
  • 1 sliced white loaf/ ready made pastry tartlets
  • Melted butter for brushing


  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C/ Gas No4.
  2. Using a rolling pin flatten bread slices a little.
  3. Butter a bun tray and use a cutter to make circles of the bread to fit dimples on tray.
  4. Brush bread lightly with butter and bake in oven for approx 10 minutes until crisp and golden.
  5. Remove from tray and repeat with remaining bread to make as many canapé cases as you require.
  6. When required, fill cases with warm haggis, a teaspoon tip of cranberry sauce and top with a chopped Garner’s Original Pickled Onion.

Recipe and photo credit by- Pickled Onion Lovers

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