recipes for: Appetizers
Homemade salmon rillettes is a decadent holiday appetizer or kickoff to a Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve meal. Poached salmon fillet and smoked salmon are mixed with softened butter, sour cream, lemon, capers, sautéed shallot, and fresh herbs. Chill in a fridge to help setup, then serve at room temperature spread on crackers, bread, or endive leaves. A luxurious first bite! GF
These holiday entertaining ideas will complete your Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner celebrations! Whether intimate, small gatherings or a larger festive meal, these are our favorite holiday entertaining recipes that are sure to impress. From the perfect snacks for munching on upon arrival, to showstopper main dishes and festive make-ahead desserts, we've got the whole holiday menu planned!
Mussels in white wine sauce (moules marinières) is a true 20 minute meal! Steam mussels in shallots, fennel, garlic, tarragon, dry white wine, and sherry (or vermouth). Finish with creme fraîche and cold butter, for a rich, creamy sauce. Serve with baguette or french fries (moules frites) for a flavorful, elevated weeknight dinner! GF
Crab stuffed shrimp is an elegant starter to any meal, and particularly beautiful in a Feast of the Seven Fishes holiday celebration! Sweet crabmeat is mixed with Ritz cracker crumbs, Old Bay, Dijon, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh herbs, then stuffed into butterflied jumbo shrimp. Bake until light golden brown, then serve with parsley and a squeeze of lemon.
Salty, sweet and savory, these Miso Marinated Steak Tips are full of flavor. They’re also quick and easy to make. Great as a party appetizer or weeknight dinner! GF, DF
This homemade eggplant caponata recipe could not be easier to make! Sauté diced eggplant, red onion, tomatoes, and bell pepper, then season with garlic, capers, golden raisins, pine nuts, fresh basil, mint, and just a touch of sugar. Simmer until tender, then stir in aged balsamic vinegar. Quick and flavorful vegetarian appetizer or side dish. Toss with pasta for an easy main meal! V, GF
These are the absolute best sweet potato fritters! They're light and tender, but don't crumble in the pan. They're seasoned with jalapeño, a little cheese, chili powder, cumin, and lots of fresh herbs for a Tex-Mex inspired flavor. These will become your go-to side dish! Vegetarian
An easy-to-prep smoked salmon salad that comes together in minutes! Combine chopped smoked salmon with red onion, jalapeño, capers, scallions, lemon, and dill, then season with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of Kosher salt. Serve for breakfast or brunch with crackers, crudité, or piled high on a bagel with cream cheese! GF, DF
Make the most of strawberry season with this light, flavorful strawberry chicken salad! Top fresh baby spinach with roast chicken, strawberries, goat cheese, almonds, and a homemade poppy seed dressing. It'll leave you full and tastes amazing! GF