Holiday Party Food Recipes – Gourmet Cook:
It is great fun, during holidays to enjoy the spirit of the season and throw a party. If you resemble me you will surely take rest to enjoy your own party along with your guest and not exhaust yourself throughout the day and join the fun and catch up on the latest chat. At the same time you want to provide a sumptuous party and be proud to serve your guest. Right party food recipes can do both.
Do ahead strategy and planning is the secret of success. Buffet style service makes it easy when the guest can get according to their wish without any inhibition. Sit down dinners can only be a nightmare for the host. Only a few minutes of last minute attention is required to oversee the lovely repast and there will be a lot of time for you to soak in the bath before party time.
It is very easy to find specific party food recipes on time. The rating system of most cooking sites guides you in the choice of a particular recipe over another. Probably you may have your own favorite recipes for a few of our more conventional suggestions. It is not easy, some times, to come up with effective ides rather than recipes. Here are a few mouth watering ides that offer exotic tastes, textures and plenty of varieties.
No doubt, chips and dips are appetizers, have not spoiled party through they are overdone as a party food recipe. I have never attended an informal gathering where this pair was not seen. Almost every deli has spinach and crab dips that are so delicious that you dont even realize you are eating a potato chip.
If you want better appetizers than these party staple you should go outside the box. The best party food recipes are small bites of complex flavors which surprise the palate.
Empanadas, small flaky pastries full of savory mixture of meats and rice are a great fun to make freeze well. Fondue makes a comeback and is easily made with a mix, Swiss cheese and a dash of kirsch. Arrange your fondue pot out a few hours, before your guests arrive. Cube a loaf of French bread in the after noon and store in a zip bag to keep it fresh till the party time.
Antipasto platters received well always. Comb the antipasto party food recipes for your favorite ingredients and arrange them fittingly. There is no set recipe for antipasto Prosciutto, Nicoline or kalmata olives, marinated artichokes and mushrooms which can mix in harmony. Recipes that can be assembled ahead of time and broiled minutes are Bay scallops, or quartered sea scallops, skewered to a square of bacon with a tooth pick. A flavor full addition to your appetizer like up are Bruschetta, containing finely diced Roma tomatoes, sliced black olives, minced garlic, fresh snips of basil and parmesan. In the morning mix your toppings and store in the fridge. Spread the goodies on your bread and boil until the cheese melts. Keep a bread knife in the bread basket and allow people to cut a chunk according to their appetite. Brush larger sized raw shrimp in teriyaki basting sauce and make kabobs alternating shrimp, pineapple, chunks of onion, and whole white mushrooms which broil in just minutes.
The side dishes are baby carrots served in an orange ginger sauce. Pearl onions in a creamy sauce spiked with a touch of nutmeg, steamed fresh snow peas with minced water chest nuts, Au gratins made with Swiss, jack, smoked cheddar, thinly sliced onions and potatoes. Alternately a bowl of white and wild rice pilaf spiffed up with thinly sliced celery and sliced mushrooms.
You are always right in main dish entries. A nice juicy roast, pineapple and clove studded ham or succulent turkey are eligible as centre pieces of your party food recipes. Casserole style dishes have returned in culinary vogue and are cool party food. Recipes like lasagna, manicotti stuffed with rice and chicken in a rich Alfredo sauce are good do ahead dishes that are a hit at the party table. Dolmas the renowned Greek dish of lamb and rice covered up in grape leaves are show arresting dishes to delight your guests.
All these party food recipes can be in a single menu if they are for a hundred guests. Choose those which are most appealing and can be prepared in good time frozen and ready for party.
Regarding the dessert approach what is available at that lovely local French bakery. This best party ever will quench your hunger surely.