Holiday Cheer

December 4, 2012

Let the festivities begin! It’s holiday party season, and I am ready to revel in the joy and good tidings. When it comes to parties, I like them all. Tree trimming parties, formal dinner parties, cookie exchange parties, and one of my all-time favorites, cocktail parties. I reached out to some awesome food bloggers to ask which recipes on their blogs would be great for a holiday cocktail party. They pointed me to a couple of their original crowd-pleasing appetizers.

Sliders are always a hit at parties because they’re small size means that they can pass as finger foods. Lisa from the Snappy Gourmet knows how to put a holiday twist on pork sliders with her Cranberry Chipotle BBQ Pork Sliders. The pulled pork is made in the slow cooker, freeing up your stove for some of the other yummies you’ll be creating for your party.

Another Lisa, this one who blogs at Jersey Girl Cooks (yay for Jersey Girls!), says her Spicy Spinach Crab Cubs are easy to make and great for entertaining. They’re one of her favorite treats for a New Year’s Eve party, too. Store-bought wonton wrappers make these little pop-em-in-your-mouth appetizers so easy to throw together and the wrappers are pressed into mini muffin tins instead of painstakingly wrapped around the filling. I love it when something so tasty is also so simple to make!

Here’s a recipe that can do double duty for a casual holiday party or if you have a crowd over for New Years Day football watching. Buffalo Chicken Wings from A Culinary Journey with Chef Dennis. He tells me his sauce is “legendary.” You never know what’s in the wings you buy frozen from the grocery store or even order from the local corner bar, but you’ll know exactly what’s in these wings because you’ll chose the ingredients yourself. You can go with organic chicken or use your favorite local honey for the hot sauce. And you’d never want to just open a bottle of blah blue cheese salad dressing after you made your own wings, right? So Chef Dennis includes a recipe for a blue cheese dressing that uses plenty of real blue cheese in it.

Big thanks to these wonderful food bloggers for sharing their recipes with me. I’m licking my lips just thinking about a having plate of these mouthwatering holiday finger foods in one hand and a glass of something festive in the other!

Pure Love Grows XOXOXO

More holiday party ideas from Jing Ai: