With the holidays upon us, it’s time to start drumming up fresh menu ideas. Since most celebrations are centered on sharing good food, it’s always helpful to have new recipes. It’s easy to get caught up in the pressure of it all, but here are some simple and delicious entertaining ideas-so that you can enjoy the holidays, and have more time to spend with your family and friends.
In order to be the perfect host, try to prep as much as you can ahead of time and save the finishing details for the day of the party. Stick to simple dishes that you feel comfortable making. If you have any hesitation and there’s time- I recommend trying most recipes on yourself, before you serve them to larger groups. This way you’ll be more familiar with the preparation, and everything will go smoothly. And remember, less is more, serve a few items that you feel confident about rather than trying to prepare too many recipes at once.
Often times we stick to the same old dishes, but I love introducing new and unique ideas to keep things fun. They can be so enjoyable and a great conversation piece-many times people will even ask you for the recipe. It’s usually out of habit that we serve the same menus, and we don’t want to fall into a “holiday food rut” so hopefully I can entice you with a few new recipes to spice things up. Here are a few Sabra ideas you can throw into the mix to make your holiday entertaining that much easier AND will be sure to please!
You can find all of these recipes on the website and many have video blogs, showing you step-by-step directions.(All recipes available at www.sabra.com)
Hummus Raviolis with Red Pepper Coulis- This is an elegant appetizer that can be served as a finger food with cocktails, or as an appetizer layered on a larger plate. The raviolis can be assembled in advance as well as the sauce. Just take a few minutes before serving to sauté in a pan. You can even keep extras warm in the oven while you mingle with your guests.
Mediterranean Burger with Hummus-You can turn these regular sized burgers into sliders for a cocktail party. Just make smaller patties and use smaller buns. These too can be made in advance; your last step is to cook them for a few minutes on each side and to spread your favorite Sabra hummus flavor over-top.
Hummus Mashed Potatoes-How about some hummus love instead of loads of butter? This is a great staple on any holiday table, and the hummus is a delicious and surprising departure from everyday butter. Great with Turkey or with a holiday Roast.
Hummus Bruschetta- It doesn’t get much easier than toasting some sliced baguette and spreading on some hummus. A nice little bite to enjoy with some cocktails or wine.
Hummus Cucumber Cups-Here’s a go-to hors d’oeurve that takes minutes to prepare. The cucumber hummus combo is a nice light alternative to heavier holiday fare, and it can be prepped up to an hour in advance and stored in the fridge.
Sabra Hummus Dip-keep it super simple and plate a variety of veggies to dip in your favorite Sabra Hummus, you can serve pita chips on the platter too!