The holidays are all about reflecting upon one’s blessings, sharing quality time with family, and eating special dishes that you don’t just enjoy any normal day of the year. This makes your holiday menu one of the most important aspects of the season, even during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Now is the time to plan for the round of December holidays, and fill up your menu with nostalgic favorites that are meaningful to you and your loved ones. Here are 5-holiday finger foods that meet those requirements for us at Holly View Apartments!
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Smoked salmon crostini is a fantastic appetizer at any holiday celebrations, and it also makes for an excellent option to serve during brunch. Use baguette, ricotta/cream cheese/mascarpone, herbs, and good quality smoked salmon to make these open-faced bites. Ready in 25 minutes, this finger food is ready to assemble right away! Just sprinkle a little dill on it before serving with lemon wedges.
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichoke dip is a warm, satisfying to app occupy your family’s appetites, while you're wrapping up the main courses. Tangy and creamy, a spin dip is made with cream cheese, mayo, and cheeses. Aromatic onion and garlic go into the filling, and vibrant green spinach and artichoke give texture and color. Serve it in a bowl with crackers, warm naan, mini pitas, or tortilla chips for dipping.
Duck Liver Pâté
Duck liver pâté is an elegant addition to your holiday table, and its richness and creaminess go really well with wine during cocktail hour. Use duck liver in place of foie gras or go for the chicken liver if that's what you can easily get. Be sure to chill the pâté at least 24 hours before serving. Serve it with crostini or crackers, make it part of a cheese and charcuterie spread, or use it as the filling of mini sandwiches.
Bacon-wrapped dates are a great appetizer for your little holiday quarantine bubble. Sweet and savory, these little morsels are easy to make and have just three ingredients: dates, cheese, and bacon. Pretty simple, right? Stuff pitted soft dates with a piece of salty Parmesan, wrap them in bacon, and bake for 5 minutes on each side. Prep in the morning and bake at the last minute for the ultimate perfection!
Cheese Ball with Pecans
Cheddar and cream cheese are the base for this decorative – and tasty – party appetizer. Plan ahead, as this cheese ball needs at least 24 hours in the fridge to set. If you’re into sharper cheeses, replace cheddar with a different cheese in the same proportions and experiment with other flavors. Roll the chilled ball in chopped pecans and serve with your favorite crackers. Delicious!
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