Weekend Special – Cocktail Time


I’ve scoured my archives for a few suggestions for your holiday cocktail party. Whether you are inviting a few of the neighbors in for a glass of wine, need a dish to bring to a potluck or opening your home to 200 of your closest friends, I’m sure you’ll find something to please.


Something to Pass
From my signature shrimp to spicy wings to crostini and bruschetta, everyone enjoys one or two hearty hors d’oeurvres.
Mediterranean Shrimp
Spicy Hoisin Chicken Wings
Grilled Vegetables & Gorgonzola Bruschetta
Crostini with Goat Cheese, Roasted Tomatoes & Olives

Something for Do-It-Yourselfers
Instead of a simple cheese platter, add some charcuterie, vegetables, fruit, nuts and olives and let your guests enjoy helping themselves.
Antipasto Platter

Something to Dip or Spread
My favorite dippers are chunks of cucumber and pepper and warm pita triangles.
Smoked Salmon Mousse
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Feta & Walnut Spread
White Bean Dip
Roasted Caponata

Something to Sip
Soup, yes soup, is a great addition to any cocktail party. I serve smooth, pureed soup in tiny, little espresso cups. It’s warm and comforting on a cold winter night.
Curried Eggplant Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Wild Mushroom Soup

Something to Nibble
Scatter a few bowls of almonds and olives around the room. Don’t forget to set a small dish next to the olives for the pits.
Roasted Almonds
Spicy Olives

What are some of your favorite dishes for a holiday cocktail party? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011


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