As special as the holiday season can be, it’s still pretty easy to get stressed out at this time of year. Even after you finish all your gift shopping, there’s probably one challenging task left to do before you can relax: arrange the menu for your picky party guests.
Now you could just serve a whole bunch of appetizers and charcuterie boards from the grocery store, but honestly, who’s going to be impressed by that? Homemade food is so much more thoughtful and memorable than anything you can buy from a store. So try your hand at making some simple yet incredibly impressive hors d’oeuvres to feel like the classy, capable adult you’ve always been.
On its own, garlic bread is a classic comfort food that most people can’t help but love. Enhance it with a delectable mix of melted cheese, spinach and artichoke, then watch as your guests devour every last crumb.
Upgrade everyone’s favourite fried potato dish to a healthier, trendier version by replacing the potato with cauliflower and baking it into perfect, little bites of bliss. Warning: you won’t have any leftovers, no matter how much extra you make.
Serving a plain onion isn’t the way to make a good impression on your party guests. Instead, transform that regular, overpowering onion into a gorgeous, blooming flower to show off your tasteful plating technique. Add it to any veggie or cheese platter so your guests can experiment with different flavour combos.
Place some shrimp that’s been seasoned to perfection on any type of toast or on a crostini with some fancy-shmancy roasted tomato, lime and kimchi mayo. Trust me, it’ll be so much better than a shrimp cocktail.
Layer on some creamy avocado, fresh cucumber, tangy kimchi and crunchy radishes to give your guests an explosion of tastes they never saw coming.
Ordinary onion rings are good, but bacon-wrapped onion rings are fantastic. Be sure to make more than one batch.
Fill a store-bought pie crust with an asparagus and egg mixture, and top it all off with rich, creamy goat cheese. To make it more presentable, you can even make single-serving quiches in a muffin tin or ramekins. Now that’s classy.