Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Snack-mas!

We're in the middle of holiday party season. I haven't had a chance to finish my shopping and I've had to *gasp* work! I like to have something new each season so that my people using us for party catering can expect something exciting. Here are a couple of things we've done this season.

BLT Cheeseball

Alright so the "L" is really parsley. Cut me some slack. 2lbs cream cheese, 1/2 lb of crispy bacon, crumbled, 1/4 pint of grape tomatoes diced 1 bunch of parsley chopped. Mix together with some kosher salt, a lot of black pepper, and some of your favorite seasoning. Serve with crackers and pretend like it took forever. If you're lazy, you could use the bacon crumbles (not bits!) from the salad section. (Ok. I know this works because I am lazy. There I said it.)

Cranberry Relish

I've added this to balsamic vinaigrette and used it to top my little goat cheese tarts. In a food processor combine 2 cups of fresh cranberries, 6 or 7 basil leaves, 2 whole oranges (not peeled, not de-seeded, whole) pulse until it's pulverized. Add about 1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar, 2 cups of sugar and let it rest for a few days. for the world's easiest pick up food spread gingersnaps with goat cheese and then top with a dollop of cranberry relish.

This week holds a few more parties before our own family celebrates. Hope your holiday is awesome.