Easy Entertaining with Appetizers

December 22nd 2014

Appetizers can make a big impression at your holiday party. As people enjoy egg nog, hot toddies and wine, give them a little something to snack on. Having bite-sized appetizers available ensures that people can mingle and talk, while enjoying food.

Whether you’re looking for some last minute ideas for Christmas dinner, or planning for a New Year’s party next week, these recipes provide an easy way to add class to any party.

Goat Cheese Truffles
Makes 36 approx.

12 oz goat cheese, room temperature
2 Tbsp paprika (or smoked paprika)
2 Tbsp poppy seeds
2 Tbsp finely chopped chives
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Pretzel sticks, or crackers
¾ cups finely chopped pistachios (optional)
Goat Cheese Truffles
Place the paprika, poppy seeds, and chives in separate shallow bowls. Mix cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Using your hands, roll mixture into 1” balls. Roll 12 goat cheese balls in each bowl and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Chill 20 minutes before serving. Insert one pretzel stick into each ball, or serve with crackers.

Antipasto Platter
With minimal preparation, an antipasto platter gives a variety of flavors for friends to enjoy.

1 lb thinly sliced cured meats (such as prosciutto, salami, or mortadella)
1 ½ cup assorted olives (such as Kalamata, black, or green olives)
4 oz cubed parmesan
4 oz cubed provolone
4 oz sliced fresh mozzarella
8 oz hummus
Crispy breadsticks, thin crackers, toasted baguette slices
Antipasto Platter
Arrange ingredients on large cheese board, or wood cutting board. Serve with toothpicks for easy sharing.

Tip: Visit the deli department in our Price Chopper stores to see the wide selection of gourmet cheeses, deli meats, olives and more. Create your own unique antipasto platter with your favorite varieties.

Baked Brie with Cranberries & Pistachios
From our Holiday 2014 issue of Gatherings magazine. Sweet and salty combine in this appetizer that's sure to be a hit at your holiday party.

8 oz. La Bonne Vie brie wheel
2 cups cranberry sauce (see recipe below)
1⁄2 cup shelled raw pistachios, coarsely crushed
Zest of 1⁄2 an orange

2 cups cranberries, fresh or frozen
1⁄2 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup water
Zest of 1⁄2 an orange
1-2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier (optional)

Baked Brie
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. MAKE THE CRANBERRY SAUCE. Place the cranberries, sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. PREPARE THE BRIE. Place the wheel of brie on a parchment-lined or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the brie from the oven and gently set on a serving plate. Top with cranberry sauce. Sprinkle pistachios on top. Finish with orange zest. Drizzle a little Grand Marnier over it. Serve immediately with sliced baguette or crostini.

If you simply don’t have the time to prepare appetizers yourself, let us do the work for you. Price Chopper offers a variety of appetizer trays in our annual Entertaining Guide. You can order online, or in-store. Price Chopper party trays are sure to be a hit at any gathering.


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