Monday, November 15, 2010
Thanksgiving Pre-Dinner Winner
Create Your Own Charcuterie Components:
*Smoked Almonds or Mixed Party Nuts
*Whole Green Olives or Whole Kalamata Olives
*Caper Berries- A bit pricey but worth it for that gourmet touch
*Artichoke Hearts- Available in cans and jars, be sure to drain thoroughly
*Roasted Red Peppers
*Arugula- The perfect edible garnish to "line" your tray
*Fresh Apple and Pear Slices- Don't forget to brush these with lemon juice to prevent browning
*Dried Fruit- Try dried Apricots, Cranberries, Raisins, or even Cherries
*Preserved Meats- Try Salami, Prosciutto or pre sliced Pepperoni
*Cheese- A variety of (3) is nice, Chevre for spreading, Brie for stacking, and Bleu Cheese for KICK
*Relish or Tapenade
*Jam or Preserves- Fig and Pig are a match made in hungry heaven
*Whole Grain Mustard
* Assortment Crackers- Bagel Chips and Pretzel Rod's are also great "vessels"
*Sliced Breads- Consider Rye Toast minis, French bread hunks, and Pita triangles
Start with a beautiful tray; perhaps the one Granny gave you at a bridal shower or a variety of fun and quirky bowls you found at last weekend's garage sale. Be sure to include serving utensils such a spreaders, toothpicks, pickle forks; no silverware necessary. Small paper plates and cocktail napkins make for easy clean up- why not color coordinate them to your autumnal table scape? Also remember to strategically place your plate. If you want company in the kitchen, even those back seat chefs, place this appetizing assortment close to the action. If you would rather fly solo, perhaps set up shop in the living room next to the tube.
Wherever you put this pre-dinner winner, take some time out of your culinary tasks to replenish and refurbish as necessary.
Enjoy Divas and here's to a full, fun, and fabulous Thanksgiving!