Holiday Entertaining – Spice Up Your Menu
Holiday entertaining is either something you enjoy or you don’t. There aren’t many in the middle on this one. This second installment of Holiday Entertaining is all about the food. If you missed the first blog post, you’ll want to read all about cleaning your house.
Most of us have favorite recipes or go-to items we serve at meals or parties. No problem with that, but have you thought about spicing things up a bit? There are easy ways to do that with spices and vinegars from Saveur Foods. So let’s discuss.
Swap It Out
Raise your hand if you have a cupboard filled with spices from the store. Yep, right there with you. But I’m starting to swap them out for Saveur Food spices (you know that swap where you shop concept). Plus, the Saveur Food spices are amazing. And so easy to use in place of standard spices in your recipes. For example, a recipe calls for taco seasoning (like 7 Layer Dip). Instead of using the store-bought package, make sure you have Taco Spice on hand. Speaking of 7 Layer Dip, use the Guacamole Mix for an easy way to spice up your avocados.
So you’re good with swapping Saveur spices in your recipes? Let’s talk quick and easy.
Quick and Easy
Whether you’ve had days or hours to plan, it’s always nice to have a quick and easy recipe that you know will be a hit. Most of the following recipes wouldn’t make an entire meal, but they can be used before, during, or after.
Fruity Cream Cheese Dip – combine cream cheese with Mango, Apricot, and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar and serve with a variety of fruits
Spiced Beet Hummus Dip – this one is so easy there’s no recipe, just the basic instructions on the page where you order it. And it is delightful, even if you aren’t a hummus fan.
Italian Pinzimonio Dip – another one that doesn’t need a recipe. Follow the simple instructions on the ordering page for a crudite dip for fresh veggies. No boring dip here!
The Main Meal
We covered the easy stuff, let’s move on to the main event – the big meal. No matter what you’re celebrating, the main dish at the gathering is important. And often, worth the extra effort to make something spectacular. Again, the Saveur Spices make you look like a gourmet without spending days in the kitchen. Give one of these a try for a memorable meal.
Baked Ham with Fruit – this recipe comes together in a few minutes when you use the Downunder Gourmet Grill Rub and Mango, Apricot, and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. Your home’s fragrance as this bakes will have your guest’s mouths watering. Smell the scent of success!
Marinated Pork Roast with Herbs – the Saveur spices are so versatile as seen in this recipe. The same two items from the Baked Ham with Fruit are used here with pork for a decadent roast. Serve it with Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts for an extra special meal.
Brined Turkey – this really could go under the quick and easy category, because no recipe is required. Check out the details on the ordering page for a brine or rub that delivers a flavorful and juicy turkey for the holidays.
So, are you hungry? Did this give you ideas for your holiday menus? If you’re looking for a few additional recipes, check out these blog posts:
See you soon for the final Holiday Entertaining blog post.