When hosting a Christmas party for friends, there are many delicious and festive options for horderves. Here are a few suggestions:
Cheese and crackers: Offer a selection of different cheeses such as cheddar, brie, and goat cheese, along with crackers or crostini.
Deviled eggs: Deviled eggs are a classic and easy to make, and can be dressed up with different toppings, such as bacon or chives.
Mini quiches: Mini quiches are a versatile and delicious option, they can be made with different fillings like spinach, mushrooms, or bacon.
Christmas cookies: Christmas cookies are a festive and sweet option, you can make a variety of different types, like gingerbread, sugar cookies, and shortbread.
Christmas dips: Christmas dips like cranberry or pumpkin dips are perfect for the holiday season, they can be served with crackers or vegetables.
Christmas Meatballs: Meatballs in a festive marinade or sauce, like cranberry or a bbq sauce, are a popular party food, they can be served with toothpicks.
Christmas Deviled Ham Spread: Deviled ham spread is a classic, it’s easy to make, you can serve it with crostini or crackers.
Christmas Vegetable Platter: Offer a platter of Christmas-colored vegetables, like red and green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cucumber slices, that can be served with a dip.
Make sure to consider your guests dietary restrictions and preferences when preparing your selection of horderves, and it’s a good idea to have a balance of savory and sweet options.
Deviled eggs are a classic and easy-to-make appetizer that is perfect for a Christmas party. Here is a recipe for a basic deviled egg:
6 large eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Paprika, for garnish
Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
Remove the eggs from the pan and place them in a bowl of ice water. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Peel the eggs and cut them in half lengthwise. Carefully remove the yolks and place them in a small bowl.
Mash the yolks with a fork or a pastry cutter, then add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. Mix well until the yolks are smooth and creamy.
Using a small spoon or a piping bag, fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture.
Sprinkle the deviled eggs with paprika for garnish.
Cover the deviled eggs and refrigerate until ready to serve.
You can also customize this recipe by adding different ingredients to the yolk mixture, such as bacon, chives, or horseradish.
Mini quiches are a delicious and versatile appetizer that is perfect for a Christmas party. Here is a recipe for mini quiches that can be adapted to your taste:
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed
4 large eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup grated cheese (cheddar, Gruyere or any cheese of your preference)
1/2 cup diced vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, bell peppers, or any vegetables of your preference)
1/4 cup diced cooked bacon or ham (optional)
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a muffin tin or use silicone muffin cups.
Roll out the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface. Using a 3-inch round cutter, cut out circles of pastry and press them into the muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper. Stir in the cheese, vegetables, and bacon or ham (if using)
Pour the mixture into the pastry-lined muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.
Bake the mini quiches for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is set.
Let the mini quiches cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the muffin tin. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You can also make a big quiche and cut them in small portions. You can also experiment with different fillings and ingredients to create different variations of mini quiches. You can also use a store-bought pie crust.
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup beef broth
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup tomato paste
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, milk, egg, Parmesan cheese, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Place the flour on a plate and roll the meatballs in the flour to coat them evenly.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the skillet and cook them for about 5 minutes, or until they are browned on all sides.
In a separate small saucepan, combine the beef broth, red wine, and tomato paste. Whisk until well combined and bring to a simmer.
Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the skillet and stir to coat the meatballs evenly.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the meatballs for about 15 minutes, or until they are cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
Serve the meatballs as an appetizer or main dish, garnished with parsley or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Enjoy your Christmas Meatballs!