Monday, November 26, 2012

Holiday Party Recipe Ideas

I can hardly believe that it is that time of year again. I have such a love-hate relationship with it. Of course, it is an honor to be invited to so many gatherings, but at the same time, all of the celebrating can get downright exhausting! Here is a list of simple recipes that can be made if you are like me and don't like showing up to parties empty-handed or if you are going to a potluck and want to bring a crowd-pleaser.

Persimmons have just come in to season and I could not be more excited. This simple appetizer of roasted persimmons wrapped in bacon is a simple combination of sweet, savory, and tart.

Roasted Persimmons Wrapped in Bacon

It's just hard to resist food wrapped in pork. I dare you to eat just one of these Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp

A few years ago, it seemed like every food blogger in America was making Ina Garten's parmesan-thyme crackers. These savory shortbreads are perfect on their own, but would also be great with a spinach dip.

Spiced Candied Walnuts are great for a salad, but also make the perfect party snack.

Spiced Candied Walnuts

Sweet potatoes are loaded with health benefits. One of my favorite ways to enjoy them is roasted and topped with a creamy, herbed, goat cheese.

Roasted Sweet Potato Discs with Herbed Goat Cheese

And for something sweet, why not this festive, and incredibly delicious, Blushing Pom Holiday Cheesecake. Tart pomegranate juice mixed with a smooth and creamy cheesecake makes a dessert that is impossible for your guests to resist.

Pom Cheesecake

However you celebrate the season, I wish you good times filled with family, friends, and of course great food. Cheers!

One year ago: Spiced Candied Walnuts
Two years ago: Great Los Angeles Walk 2010
Three years ago: Cannoli
Four years ago: Dumpling Noodle Soup

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Heather Christo said...

57The persimmons are my favorite! I can never figure out what to do with them- but great ideas all around!

Unknown said...

sounds like one party i'd be at in a second ;) horray for the holidays!

Joanne said...

Thanksgiving zapped me of so much inspiration that I need all the help for Christmas that I can get! That cheesecake sounds necessary.

Gastronomer said...

happpy holidays, esi! come party with us in LA, will ya?