8 bite-sized dishes for Eid

Dubai-based bespoke events company The White Boutique’s spread of small wonders lays the foundation for the perfect gathering

Something transformative, you might even say magical, happens when you take a dish and turn it into a bite-sized version of itself – it suddenly looks and tastes all the more delicious. But it’s not all about looks, of course. Samar Al Bannai, the catering director at The White Boutique – who are behind this feast – says that serving finger food at an Eid gathering is also a good idea as it helps ease the body back into eating regularly again after fasting.

She adds that these “simple, traditionally Arabic dishes with a bit of a twist” can be served warm or at room temperature, which is particularly helpful for a meal that’s likely to stretch long into the night, with people coming and going at different times. There’s no need to serve the savoury and sweet courses separately; display everything together and encourage grazing.

Bijou bite 1: Aubergine fatteh cups

To save time when preparing this dish you could simply top the tortilla cups with marinated aubergine from the deli.

Bijou bite 2: Cheese borek

Make these pastries up to a day ahead and bake them just before your guests arrive.

Bijou bite 3: Mini kibbeh

Try to ensure the kibbeh are all the same size. You can make them larger or smaller if you prefer; just adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Bijou bite 4: Chicken, aubergine and feta samosas

Coating the chicken samosas in breadcrumbs adds an irresistible extra layer of crunch. If you prefer, you can bake the samosas in a 180C oven for 40-45 minutes, until crisp and golden.

Bijou bite 5: Chicken shawarma cones

Serving the shawarma cones in little cups or glasses helps them keep their shape and makes them easier to pick up (and eat).

Bijou bite 6: Meatball skewers with spicy tomato sauce

For a twist on this tasty recipe swap the beef mince for lamb and add ½ tsp cinnamon instead of the turmeric.

Bijou bite 7: Mini lemon saffron pavlovas

Top the cooled meringues with the saffron cream just before serving to prevent them from going soggy.

Bijou bite 8: Mini baklava cheesecakes

These handheld delights combine two classic desserts: sweet, sticky baklava and creamy, indulgent cheesecake.