Fantasizing about throwing a big holiday bash but fearful you’ll spend the whole party – or worse, the whole week – in the kitchen prepping? We’ve got you covered.
We’ve assembled an easy mix-and-match approach to holiday entertaining. An hour or so of prep and you’ll have enough nibbles to feed a crowd in high style.
Here’s how it works: We’ve divided the menu into 10 “base” ingredients. Each ingredient is paired with three simple suggestions for dressing it up for the party. All you need to do is pick enough base ingredients to feed your crowd, then decide how you’d like to prepare each. A little shopping, a little prepping, then you’re ready to party.
Many of these options make easy dips, spreads or other toppings for bread, so when you make that trip to the grocer, round out the menu with a variety of crackers and baguettes or pita bread that can be sliced and toasted.
Start by arranging the spears (bottoms trimmed) on a baking sheet, misting them with cooking spray, then roasting for 10 minutes at 400 F. Then:
Roasted red peppers
Save yourself time and trouble by using jarred. Just drain them well and pat dry with paper towels.
Pitted kalamata olives
Start with chilled cooked, shelled shrimp.
Cooked chicken breast
Start by roasting 8 ounces of crimini or button mushrooms on a rimmed baking sheet for 12 minutes at 450 F.