Holiday Party Season has officially begun! Are you prepared?
I love to have people over, and I particularly enjoy feeding them. However, it wasn’t always like this. I’ve learned over the years that simplicity is key! Well, that and a clean house, full of yummy fragranced candles 😉
Today I wanted to give you a few ideas you can use, for the next impromptu get-together at your home. The best part is that each of these were quite easy to make, but didn’t taste like it 😉
♥ Note: at the end of this blog, I’ll ask if you have any questions/ideas/comments.
I’m serious! If you’ve got a party coming up, or want a new recipe, please ask! ♥
1. “Real Food”
This is for the guests who come over famished, who want something substantial before attacking the bowls of candy you’ve got laid out.
(each amount is *per person*)
1 slice sourdough bread
1½ Tablespoons Ricotta cheese
4-5 tomato slices
salt, to taste
4 super thin Mozzarella strips
Oregano, to taste
Pepper, to taste
¼ avocado, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon white balsamic glaze
Preheat broiler, and line a cookie sheet with foil. Lay out one slice of sourdough bread for each guest. Quickly run it under the broiler till barely golden. Spread ricotta on each slice, and top with tomato slices and salt. Pop into the broiler again, just until tomatoes are heated. Add mozzarella, oregano, and pepper and broil one more time, to melt cheese. (I like my toasts a little on the crispy side, but you don’t have to darken them as much as I do!)
Top with avocado & white balsamic glaze.
2. “Come over tonight for dessert”
This is for the guests who won’t be arriving for a few hours or more. It’s easy, but it takes a while in the crockpot.
Apple Cranberry Cake
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons honey
pinch of salt
Place all of the above ingredients in a crockpot on low for at least 3 hours, or on high for at least 1 hour.
6 oz. fresh cranberries
orange juice, just to cover them
1 Tablespoon sugar
Cook cranberries and orange juice in a small covered pot over medium high heat until all cranberries have popped. Turn heat to low and stir in sugar. Once you can mash all ingredients together, it’s done.
1/3 store bought Angel Food Cake, in 4 horizontal slices
Vanilla ice cream
Maple Sugar (optional)
Preheat broiler, and line a cookie sheet with foil. Lay out slices of cake and broil till tops are barely toasted. Place each slice on a plate and add a small scoop of ice cream. Add warm apple topping, cranberry spread, and a sprinkling of Maple Sugar.
3. “Dessert Buffet”
This was put together in about 30 minutes, and the guests loved it!
1 cup dark chocolate chips
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 block (8 oz.) Neufchâtel cheese (lower fat cream cheese)
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Microwave chocolate chips in a glass bowl for a minute. Stir, and microwave another 30 seconds. Continue doing so till chocolate is just melted all over, and stirs out smoothly. Allow chocolate to cool in bowl on countertop.
Whip cream in a large bowl with electric hand mixer till just past the soft-peak stage. In another bowl, using the same hand mixer (you don’t have to clean the cream off of it!), mix together the remaining 3 ingredients. Add melted chocolate and beat till thoroughly mixed. With a spatula, add in the whipped cream and fold in, until all color is the same, throughout.
Spoon it into a pretty dish.
Other items in “buffet”:
2/3 purchased angel food cake, in cubes
1 box strawberries, hulled and halved
2 red apples, cored and sliced
Put each separate item into a different bowl. Make sure to put out toothpicks and spreaders, along with plates and napkins. Dress up the party by cutting a few flowers from your garden 🙂
Hopefully I’ve given you a few new ideas to add to your party repertoire!
Have any suggestions or questions?
Please ask me! I’d love to help!
Hugs from the Sockmonkey