If you’re look for easy appetizers for your Christmas party, you’ve come to the right place. I consider myself to be the queen of ‘easy.’
My husband and I love to entertain, and having a Christmas party is our favorite party to give. But like most women today, I have a job and a household to take care of; I don’t have the time or the desire, to spend all day in the kitchen getting food ready for a Christmas party.
Over the years I have developed many easy ways to fix appetizers for a Christmas party. Here are a few of them.
Mushrooms – the amount depends upon the number of guests
Cheddar cheese pieces
Most supermarkets have fresh mushrooms in bulk, in their produce section. Pick out the largest ones. When you are ready to fix them for your Christmas party, pull the stems out and wash the crowns thoroughly. (You can save the stems for later use.) Put mushroom crowns in a microwaveable bowl, cover with water, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile fix Stove-top Stuffing according to directions on the box. When the microwave stops, take the mushroom crowns out, and drain them. Be careful, because the bowl will be hot. When the mushroom crowns are cool enough to handle, stuff the crowns with a little Stove-top stuffing, and place the stuffed crowns on a cookie sheet until time to put in the oven. When the time is right, put a small piece of cheddar cheese on top of each crown, and put in a 350° oven. They are done when the cheese is melted and just starting to turn golden.
Salmon Yule Log
1 1-pound can of Salmon ( if on a budget, mackerel will work)
1 8-oz package of lo-fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons of finely chopped chives
1 teaspoon horseradish
¼ teaspoon salt
½ – 1 cup chopped walnuts
4 tablespoons snipped parsley
Drain salmon and put into bowl. Clean out skin and bones. Mix in the next five ingredients. Chill several hours. Shape into an approximately 8 inch log. Roll in nuts and parsley. Place on platter, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with crackers of choice.
Cherries in the Snow
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
1 can cherry pie filling
Beat egg whites until frothy. Add vanilla, cream of tartar and salt, and beat slightly. Gradually add sugar a little at a time; beating well after each addition. Beat until egg whites become stiff. The best way to gauge this is, tip the bowl; if the egg whites do not move or slide around, they’re good. Line cookie sheet with baking paper (wax paper will work). Drop by the spoonful onto baking paper. Keep about 2-3 inches between spoonfuls. Take the back of spoon and make a dent in the top. Bake at 250° for about an hour. With a spatula, remove immediately to a cooling rack. When cool, store in an air-tight container so that they do not absorb moisture and soften. When ready to serve, place on a platter and spoon some pie cherries (with some of the juice) in the dents. For a finishing touch, sprinkle a little powdered sugar over the top of the cherries.
These are just a few of the easy appetizers I like to use for my Christmas parties. They don’t take much time to prepare, and they don’t cost a lot of money, either.
You will find, that the entire atmosphere of your Christmas party will brighten up as soon as the food appears. Combine the appearance of the food, and the informal ambiance of your guests milling around the table, talking and helping themselves to chosen morsels of food; in no time at all you will have a wonderful success in a Christmas Party.