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Festive & Flavorful Holiday Appetizers
Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT
It may come as a surprise, but your
family and friends will be grateful if you serve healthy appetizers at your
holiday party. Sure, we all like the usual eggnog and cheese balls that make
the scene, but the holidays are indulgent enough.
Offering healthy appetizer recipes will
be like a breath of fresh air in this month of extreme indulgence. And it
leaves room for dessert – why say no to Grandma’s Christmas cookies?
Remember the three “C”s:
Different flavors that satisfy and
stimulate the taste buds are what holiday appetizers are all about. This is a
good opportunity to combine creativity with your cooking skills. Offer some
choices that are more familiar to the guest as well as new foods they may have
never tried before.
convenience in mind.
Appetizers should be quick and easy to
serve. Save time by making 3-4 really delicious appetizers that satisfy all
considerate of guests dietary needs.
Appetizers don’t have to be rich and
heavy. Use different cooking techniques (such as caramelizing onions) to boost
the flavor profile without adding calories. Also, have a list of ingredients
available for each recipe so guests know if the dish contains an allergen such
as wheat or nuts.