I love hosting around the holidays. Cooking for a group of people can be stressful though. I like to find fun, festive hors d'oeuvres to kick off the party. I have a very small kitchen & typically the main course is taking up the whole oven. I like easy hors d'oeuvres that don't have to be warm to ease some of the party prep stress. Three of my favorites:
1. Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella
It's a sure hit & it's Christmas colors! I usually get a cherry tomato, a piece of basil & a small ball of mozzarella & put it all on a toothpick. Then the three lined up look festive & are easy for guests to pick up & enjoy.
2. Christmas Tree Cheese & Veggie Platter
I saw something like this on Pinterest last year. I have done if different depending on how big of a crown i'm having & what ingredients I have. I made this one for our Pinterest Night last week. Last Christmas Eve I made one that was about 3 times the size & included a bunch of different rows of crackers & a row or two of rosemary on the twig (to make it look more tree like!).
The star at the top is just a piece of cheese cut with a cookie cutter.
3. Veggie Dip & Bread Wreath
I found this one while browsing around Taste of Home. I make it slightly different.
1 tube of crescent rolls
8oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cup chopped fresh broccoli florets
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
Remove crescent dough from packaging (do not unroll). Cut into 12 slices. Arrange in a circle on a piece of foil on a pan.
Bake at 375° for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Carefully move the wreath onto whatever platter you will be serving it on.
In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder. Spread over wreath & then top with the chopped veggie mix. Use the celery leaves to make a "bow" at the bottom.
I am a happily married, mother of two who attended Villanova University and graduated with a BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) in 2005, I worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse for 4 1/2 years and then switched gears to home care nursing to accomodate the lifestyle of a working mom. fortunately I have now be afforded the opportunity to stay home with my two amazing daughters whom I cannot live without while my incredible husband goes to work each day.