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Holiday Entertaining: A couple of hors d'oeurvre ideas from Judy Jewell

For our dinner party last night, I put together a nice cheese plate with brie, goat cheese, and a mozzarella with sundried tomatoes and an platter with parmesan, salami, olives, and a feta spread. But I wanted to have a couple of other appetizers, so I turned to my mom for inspiration.

My mom always puts on an incredible spread when entertaining especially during the holidays.  Everything is always elegant and bountiful!  The number of hors d’oeuvres and desserts typically exceeds the number guests in attendance.  Everyone loves the variety of tastes and usually leaves her house stuffed.

I made her classic cocktail hot dog recipe.  I can hardly remember a party growing up without them!  They are always a hit and so easy to make.  The recipe is below.

I also made her little toasts with goat cheese, pesto, and roasted red pepper.  They have the perfect colors for the season, look pretty on a platter, and are tasty little bites.  There really isn’t a recipe for these.  Just buy little cocktail toasts or a baguette.  Spread some goat cheese on the toast, add some store-bought pesto, and top with a piece of roasted red pepper.

Hope you put these ideas to use during your holiday entertaining.

Cocktail Hot Dogs in Mustard Sauce

  • 1 jar guava jelly
  • 1 jar Gulden’s Mustard
  • 1 package mini hot dogs

Heat guava jelly in a medium saucepan until liquified.  Add mustard to the guava jelly and stir until well mixed.

Add cocktail hot dogs to mustard sauce and cook until heated through.

Serves 8-10.

Quick & easy hors d'oeuvres

Last night we hosted a dinner party for friends from business school.  I was excited to have people over but was a little limited on time.  Wanting to put out more than just your standard cheese plate for hors d’oeuvres, I turned to Mark Bittman.  In December 2007, he published an article entitled “101 Simple Appetizers in 20 Minutes or Less”.   The article provides great quick, easy, and interesting appetizer ideas and is organized into several categories — bread & crackers, bruschetta, on toothpicks, on skewers, finger foods, little sandwich triangles, and things that might require a fork.

I made a couple of “toothpick” appetizers.  I bought some good quality chorizo and simply sliced it and cooked it in a frying pan.  The chorizo was a hit — it was almost all gone before all of our guests arrived.

I also made caprese salad on a stick.  I put a grape tomato, a bocconcini (a small nugget of fresh mozzarella), and basil leaf on a toothpick, sprinkled with salt, and drizzled with olive oil.

After reading through the 101 appetizers ideas again yesterday, I am excited to try many more of these easy but elegant recipes.