Instead of hosting a formal holiday dinner party, throw a casual open house-style party that’s low on stress yet still full of dazzle. All you need to bring it together is a well-balanced menu of impressive, yet easy appetizers, festive beverages and plenty of holiday spirit.
Balance the menu with a blend of tantalizing textures. Pair smooth and creamy hummus, guacamole and onion dip with crunchy whole-grain crackers and baked tortilla or pita chips. Each batch of Stacy’s® Pita Chips is made with high quality, select ingredients and baked for up to 14 hours to reach the perfect flavor and crunch. They come in an array of flavors from Simply Naked® Pita Chips that are dressed with nothing but sea salt to bold Roasted Jalapeño. And don’t miss out on the Limited Edition Simply Cocoa® variety that pair perfectly with dessert dips and fruit salsas. Visit our deli department to find them all.
Plan Make-Ahead Eats
Limit the number of recipes that require last-minute touches for ease on the day of the party. Classic party dips are not only a crowd favorite, but they can be made in advance. Lighten them up by using lower-fat and -calorie ingredients like reduced fat cheese, one-third less fat Neufchâtel cheese or light olive oil mayonnaise. And when sauce, dip, dressing and marinade recipes call for heavy cream or sour cream, replace it with Cabot® Plain Greek-Style Yogurt to add 16 grams of protein and an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D without sacrificing flavor or texture. Give it a try in our superfast Greek Tzatziki Dip recipe.
Keep it Simple
Round out the party spread with ready-to-serve foods like a salad, sushi, gourmet cheese or hummus. Arrange raw veggies, whole-grain crackers and pita chips around several flavors of irresistible Sabra® Hummus. Made from authentic ingredients like fresh, not canned, chickpeas, real Mediterranean sesame tahini and imported herbs and spices, Sabra® Hummus can be used as an appetizer or dip for all occasions. It doubles as a sandwich spread, potato topper and ingredient in our Roasted Garlic and Feta Cheese Ball on page 14.
Add a pinch of Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, Parmesan cheese and fresh garlic to Filippo Berio® Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil for dipping crusty bread. Bold and full-bodied Robusto olive oil has a lively flavor suitable for bread dips, marinades and soups, while mild and light bodied Delicato olive oil is best in seafood dishes and salads.
Hot and Cold
Mix and match hot, room temperature and cold foods. Whether served right out of the oven or cooled, our Caramelized Onion, Fig & Arugula Naan recipe is sure to be a hit, and it’s ready in no time. Made in small batches, Stonefire® Tandoor Baked Naan is hand-stretched and baked at extremely high heat in a tandoor clay oven. It has a traditional teardrop shape with signature large, airy bubbles and a smoky flavor. Look for Whole Grain, Original, Garlic and Original Mini Tandoor Baked Naan in our bakery department.
A pour-your-own beverage bar gives the host more time to mingle. Stock the bar with quality ingredients for drinks that complement the menu. S. Pellegrino® is a fine mineral water that flows from natural springs at the foothills of the Italian Alps and surfaces as perfectly sparkling and enriched with mineral salts. It has a lightly mineralized flavor and lively middle-sized bubbles that feel creamy on the palate and enliven flavors of sweet and salty foods and aromas. Serve it with a simple citrus twist or splash of cranberry juice with a fresh cranberry and mint on a toothpick to garnish.
For the grand finale, serve guests a sampling of bite-sized treats to satisfy their sweet tooth. Luscious Brookside® Chocolates feature an artful blend of exotic fruit flavors in the center of a rich, dark chocolate coating. These chewy mini chocolate pieces come in Acai, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Goji flavors and provide just the right amount of sweetness for dessert when eaten alone or when mixed into a savory snack mix.
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