At many holiday parts, guests socialize during cocktail hour, but they are really counting down the seconds until the dinner bell rings. This year, keep your guests well fed at your upcoming holiday party with your some tasty appetizers.
Cherry, Pecan and Rosemary Brie En Croute
Don’t bore your guest with a boring cheese log. Try making a dried cherries, pecans and rosemary brie en croute, a delicious fruit and cheese pastry that guests will die for, and it is easy to make.
- Begin by heating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and then beat one egg and 1 tablespoon of water with a fork in a small bowl.
- On a flat pre-floured surface, unfold the pastry sheet, and then roll it out until it is a 14-inch square. In a new small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of chopped pecans, 1/3 cup of soft dried cherries, 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh rosemary leaves, and 1/4 cup of honey, then spread it into the center of the pastry square.
- Place one 12.3 ounce round of Brie cheese in the center, then brush the edges of the pastry square with the egg mixture. Fold the two opposite sides of the pastry square over the cheese. Take the other corers and fold them up, pressing the dough into the cheese, then trim off extra dough.
- Then, place the pastry-wrapped cheese seam-side down onto a baking sheet, and brush the pastry with the egg mixture. You can make fun shapes with the extra dough and rosemary, brush it with the egg mixture, and place it on the pastry brie for a cool design
- Place it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pastry is a deep golden brown. The cheese will be extremely hot, so let it cool for an hour before you serve it with your favorite brand of cheese crackers. Try other fruit combinations, like cranberry, apricot, and almonds. This is sure to be a quick snack that won’t bore your guests to death.
Corn Stuffed Tomatoes
Another great appetizer is the corn-stuffed tomatoes. They are like little bites of flavorful heaven. In a large bowl, simply mix 1-3/4 cups of fresh corn, 1 cup of jasmine rice, 1/2 of an avocado that’s chopped, 1/4 cup of yellow pepper, 1/4 cup of green pepper. 1/4 cup of red onions, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, 2-1/2 tablespoons of lemon juices, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper, and 1/4 teaspoons of ground cumin. Once you’ve made your mixture. Cut six vine tomatoes in half, and scoop out the insides. Fill each tomato with the mixture, and you have 12 delicious treats for your guests.
Bean Soup & Bacon Shooters
It may not be traditional, but Ted Allen’s white bean soup shooters with bacon are amazing.
- Fry 1/2 of a strip of diced bacon till it is halfway done, then add 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, 2 chopped shallots and sauté until soft. For a vegetarian appetizer, don’t add the bacon.
- Then add two 15-ounce cans of drained and rinsed cannellini or other white beans, 6 leaves of chopped sage, 4 cloves of chopped garlic and 3 cups of low-sodium chicken broth. Bring the skillet to a simmer and cook for 15 more minutes.
- After it is done, place the mixture in a food processor or blender in 3 different batches, and puree until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and add 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and salt to taste. Keep the soup warm as you toast 3 slices of crusty bread.
- Once toasted, smear goat cheese on the bread and cut into 3/4-inch croûtons.
- Ladle the soup in shot glasses, and top it with a goat cheese croûton ad black pepper, and you’ve got a delicious savoury soup that everyone will enjoy.
There are other great appetizer ideas this holiday season. Try making flank steak and pepper pinwheels instead of the traditional finger sandwiches. Another take on a classic are crabby bites, which are a perfect seafood bite, with excellent flavor. And, you can’t go wrong with chicken wings, and the addition of pecans adds a touch of the holiday spirit. This may sound strange, but mustard-onion jam crackers with figs are great, and taste even better with brie. Artichoke dip and stuffed mushrooms, always do well at a party, so why not combined the two?
Try making delectable bite size artichoke and cheese stuffed mushrooms. But if you prefer your dips, why not switch up the chip with spicy patio chips, which can be made with your favorite brand? And for an extra savory appetizer, try making pulled pork biscuits, but don’t make too many. They are really easy to fill up on. All of these appetizers are sure to be a hit at your holiday gathering.