Racing carnival food delights to make in your kitchen

We’re well into the swing of spring now, and with the warmer weather comes the Spring Racing Carnival. Aussies love any excuse for a party, so along with the fashion and fillies, there’s bound to be plenty of delicious, gourmet food.

Whether you’re taking a picnic to the races or hosting a race day lunch in your home, there are plenty of mouth-watering ways to feed your guests this season.

Here are some of our easy and delicious favourites that you can try in your own kitchen.

Arancini Balls (or Risotto Balls) – these appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians alike, and you can choose any flavour you like. Make a big batch of risotto (mushroom, pumpkin, spinach – whatever you fancy) and allow it to cool. Roll it into balls, crumb the balls and deep-fry them. Serve with a tomato relish or chutney.

Thai Chicken Balls – simply combine chicken mince and Thai curry paste, roll the mixture into balls and deep-fry them. Serve with sweet chilli sauce. 

Mini Quiches – follow your normal quiche recipe, and make half ham and cheese and half spinach and fetta. Make the quiches in a mini muffin tray rather than a large quiche dish. 

Chicken Kebabs – dice some chicken breast and thread the pieces onto a skewer. Marinate them in a sauce of your choice (satay, teriyaki and chilli are popular options) and grill them until they’re cooked. 

Savoury Choux Buns – choux buns are a pastry rather than a bread, so are usually served with a sweet filling. They are just as delicious when you make them with a savoury filling, such as roast beef and horseradish aioli, or caramelised onion and feta for vegetarians. You can make your own choux buns or buy them pre-made. 

For most race day get-togethers, finger food is a wonderful option, and is preferable to a sit down meal so your guests can mingle, and of course cheer on their favourite horse!