‘Tis the season for big holiday meals, but the truth is that I won’t be cooking the turkey, stuffing or the sides. Some day, sure, I’ll shoulder the responsibility of a meal that warrants weeks of preparation and results in satisfied sighs.
But not this year! For now, my duty is to pour drinks and make some yummy appetizers. And that is something to be thankful for. Really, I have more experience with appetizers. Apps make an appearance at every gathering I host, and I’ve been known to forgo actual meals in favor of a strictly hors d’ouevres menu.
Today, my appetizer expertise is coming straight to mes amies for your holiday hosting needs. A Mon Amye menu for a truly delicious cocktail hour (or two!). Bonne fête and bon appetit!
DRINK | Warm Bourbon Cider cocktail via Country Living
EAT | Squash Crostini with Gruyere via Real Simple | Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip via Alton Brown on the Food Network | Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus via Martha Stewart | Rosemary and Sea Salt Popcorn via Clara Persis
If you’ll be offering a signature drink alongside the usual wine and beer, I highly recommend this cocktail. The flavors are appealing to most guests, and a warm cocktail is a nice way to welcome people in to the party.
For edibles, I chose some of my favorites in seasonal flavors. The crostini as a grab’n’go bite. The dip because I like to offer at least one familiar crowd-pleaser. [Amye’s Advice: serving a large group? Make this dip in the crock pot!] Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus for a little protein that won’t fill you up too much before the main event. And the popcorn as a ‘cold’ appetizer you can make an hour early and then focus on the hot food. Serve it up in little pre-portioned display cups for a truly gourmet feel.
It was difficult to choose just a few appetizers from my arsenal, but these combine nicely for a balanced menu whether you serve it stand-alone or as a precursor to the big meal.
Your turn! Help add to my recipe file – what’s your go-to appetizer for the holiday entertaining season?