Holiday Party Food: Snack Recipes To Add Flavor To Your Gathering


Sirloin Crostini with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 lb grass-fed, New York Strip Steak
  • 2 loaves French Baguette, sliced thin and toasted
  • 2 lbs Sweet Onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 8 oz Good Blue Cheese

Directions

  1. Grill steak to MR and let rest; you can do this a day ahead of time. Slice thinly, against the grain of the meat. Sweat the onions with the butter and sea salt in a heavy bottom pan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally and cook until they are golden brown, soft and caramelized (about 20 minutes). Just before friends arrive, spread onions on each crostini, top with a thin slice of steak, a sprinkle of sea salt, a grind of black pepper, and a bit of crumbled blue cheese. Presentation: prepare this in two batches so the bread does not get soggy. Start to assemble the next batch when the first tray is about half empty.

Shrimp Grilled Cheese Triangles

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Cream Cheese 1 lb Sharp Cheddar, shredded 2 Green Onions, chopped ½ lb local Shrimp, peeled, steamed and chopped Dash of Tabasco Sauce 16 slices your favorite real bread 1 stick of butter for grilling sandwiches

Directions

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients and use this mixture as a sandwich fill. Make 8 sandwiches. Use one tablespoon of butter per sandwich to grill in the pan. Presentation: Cut into gooey triangles and offer plenty of napkins. You might want to do this in one big batch in the middle of the party, let everyone get gooey at once, then put away the pan.

Lemmony Hummus

Ingredients

  • 8 oz dried Chickpeas, soaked and cooked until tender, drained Juice of 2 lemons Whisper of Cayenne Sea Salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in the food processor until smooth. Yes, this is a tahini-less hummus and it is incredibly simple. Presentation: serve with an eye-dropper bottle of sesame oil, crispy chips, and a modest assortment of veggies for dipping.

If you think your crowd will chat more than nosh, plan for take-home boxes and assemble a midnite snack for everyone to carry home. For an added touch of holiday love, use clever gift boxes and share a handwritten thanks and word of gratitude to start the new year. Remember to save a bit for yourself, you fabulously hip host!

Light the fire, clean the highball glasses, and get ready for a good old fashioned cocktail party. You might even want to send invitations the old school way, too, with a stamp. Pick out your party duds and invite a small group of friends to share a windy winter night. Go easy on yourself with the menu so you can socialize—let the guests help, too; that might be your biggest challenge (and treat) of the night!

To help you get started, we have assembled a few easy recipes that are both a bit nostalgic and budget friendly. Add a bowl of your favorite salty nuts and a sweet treat and call it a party.

Sirloin Crostini with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Shrimp Grilled Cheese Triangles

 

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