How do you keep your guests’ taste buds entice and craving more? Switch up the menu just enough to add that extra sense of surprise and excitement to your holiday entertaining.
Each year I try new snack recipes, mixing familiar flavors with fresh spins on expected classics. Here are some recipes you can try this season:
- Baby polenta cakes topped with cranberry compote
- Key lime tartlets
- Mini cheesecakes
- Liquid Truffle Hot Chocolate
- Homemade toffee
- Almond or candy cane bark
- Homemade candy canes
- White Chocolate & Raspberry Sugar Cookies
- Kahlua cakes
- Bourbon cakes
- Persimmon pudding
- Panettone bread pudding
Salty or sweet? Serve both!
These are quick and easy.
- Mini pizzas – Unfold puff pastry and use a 2-½ inch circle pastry cutter to shape mini pizzas. Bake pastry about 10 minutes at 350°F; remove from oven. Top with store-bought pesto and grated cheese. Bake for seven minutes at 400°F.
- Tartines – They use baguette slices as a base, and you’ve got to try the fabulous combination of sweet and savory flavors in my Tartines of Roquefort with Shallot Cranberry Confit.
- Crostini – Top crostini with cranberry shallot confit or olive tapenade.
- Popovers – Nothing beats popovers for a festive presentation. Add Parmesan for a delicious kick.
Baked Brie. Wrap a wheel of Brie in puff pastry and bake at 400°F 30 minutes or until golden brown. When cooled, top with apricot jam; serve with crackers.
Rice Krispie Treats. A favorite treat from childhood! Heat three tablespoons of butter or margarine with four cups of mini marshmallows in a large saucepan until completely melted. Stir in six cups Rice Krispie cereal and mix to coat well. Cut into 2-inch squares.
Sage and White Bean Dip. Puree a can of white beans with some dried sage and a touch of olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Serve with pita chips.
Sweet Skewers. Cube a store-bought pound cake and toast cubes in oven. Serve cubes on skewers with strawberries; dip into melted chocolate.
Stuffed Dates. Stuff dates with almonds and bleu cheese. Bake until warmed through.