Holiday Eats

November 29, 2011

For the past few years, I’ve picked out a recipe for an appetizer at the beginning of the Christmas season.  I hoard all the ingredients and make it for all our Christmas gatherings.  Since Christmas is usually so busy for us, thinking ahead always helps reduce some stress.  This year, because it will be even busier than ever, I’m totally cheating.  I bought frozen appetizers.  Before you breath out that great big gasp…it’s gourmet.  Mini Quiches and Artisan Flatbread with an assortment of yummy toppings.  It goes with my commitment to keep things simple this Christmas.  For those of you who wouldn’t dare to offer up frozen appetizers, I found these drool worthy recipes. And they still fall into the “keep it simple” vow with minimal ingredients and maximum flavour.

 rosemary and olive wreath

mushroom tart with sage and asiago

pear, gorgonzola and pancetta tartlettes

 stuffed mushrooms with spinach

classic cheese and fruit platter

 brie with figs and honey

 sparkling sangria

creme caramel

 white chocolate dipped peppermint sticks

 homemade hot chocolate

What are your favourite holiday recipes?  Or will you be faking it like me?





1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 11.29.11 at 2:07 am }

Those olives look goooooooood! Also, how sweet are the white chocolate dipped peppermint sticks?!
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2 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 11.29.11 at 10:09 am }

I know, right? And SO easy to make.
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3 ana {bluebirdkisses} { 11.29.11 at 7:03 am }

Yum! I think I have to try making some yummy flat bread asap…these pictures have made me so hungry!
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4 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 11.29.11 at 10:14 am }

Mmmm…flatbread! I’ll try actually making it in the new year. Cactus Club has an amazing flatbread appetizer with grape tomatoes, caramelized onions, pesto, goat cheese, arugula topped with balsamic glaze. It’s so yummy!
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5 Rosa @ flutterflutter { 11.29.11 at 10:02 am }

When in doubt, and at a loss for time, all you really need is cheese! ;) Your pics have made me hungry!
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6 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 11.29.11 at 10:10 am }

You’ve got that right. :)
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7 janis- pinecone camp { 11.29.11 at 4:43 pm }

Now I’m starving! I love making different types of crackers, cheese puffs, and mini samosas. I’m with Rosa too….cheese is a perfect fix!
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8 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 11.29.11 at 8:47 pm }

Those are great ideas too, Janis! Next year. :)

9 Sheila @ SZInteriors { 11.29.11 at 6:39 pm }

I’ve just sent your link for this article to my hubby! We’re both foodies, but he’s the one that wears the apron ;-) I love the look of every single thing, seriously! Did I mention, we’re appie & Sangria people too?

Great post. Thank you for this…
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10 Rachel from Birch + Bird { 11.29.11 at 8:51 pm }

I LOVE white Sangria…I discovered it for the first time at Ceviche, a Tapas Bar, the first time we were in Florida. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. If this recipe is anywhere as good as that one, I’m in big trouble. :)
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