The holidays are upon us now, aren’t they? You may already be traveling to see loved ones or making last minute plans for get-togethers with family and friends.
Here at The Café, we’ve actually already “done” Christmas (this past weekend) with our children and grandchildren, who we affectionally call “the herd”…
For us, the next few days will be relatively quiet and peaceful, with time to contemplate the “reason for the season”, help out at church on Christmas Eve and celebrate with Scott’s mom and dad on Christmas day.
If you’re anything like me, it’s appetizers that will often get forgotten until the last minute. So we thought we’d share the last post in our “Getting Ready” series with some Festive, Fun and Easy Appetizers. All of these delicious appetizers are either super simple or make-ahead. Some of them can actually be used for multiple entertaining events, as they store well and the recipe makes a decent amount.
Best Ever Super Easy Salsa – be sure to make plenty of this crazy-good, super-fresh tasting salsa, as no one can ever stop eating it. You’ll see sad faces if there are extra chips and an empty salsa bowl sitting idly beside!
Fresh Herb Marinated Feta – I love this pretty, Mediterranean-inspired appetizer because you can put it together in the morning and the flavor just keeps getting better.
Cranberry and Cranberry and Pomegranate Bruschetta – bright, fresh, festive and vibrant, this makes the prettiest appetizer tray you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting! Oh, and the cranberry/pomegranate mixture is delicious on a turkey or chicken sandwich too!
Apple and Pear Chutney – keep a jar of this yummy chutney stashed in the fridge, and all you’ll need to do is slice up some cheese, pull out a package of nice crackers and… voila! A delightful and unique appetizer tray!
Pear and Pomegranate Salsa – this salsa is pretty as a picture and comes together quickly. It can also be served as a delicious side or tossed with your favorite greens for a fabulous, light salad.
Sweet and Spicy Maple Pecans – just a warning, these are extremely addictive! They make a wonderful pre-dinner nibble, but are super delicious on salads too.
Cranberry Sriracha Pepper Jelly – this one will take you less than an hour to put together and you’ll have the most delicious appetizers from now till well after the New Year rings in. Just spoon it over a block of cream cheese or a log of goat cheese. Warning: be prepared to replenish the jelly long before the cream cheese or goat cheese disappears! You can also use it for grilled sandwiches or as a glaze for chicken, shrimp, pork, etc.
Throw together one or more of these Festive, Fun and Easy Appetizers and you’ll be all set for some effortless entertaining. Hope these help you to enjoy delicious time with family and friends over the days ahead. Bon Appetit!