I don’t know about you, but I love doing casual food on Christmas Day. I do love the Thanksgiving-y spread, but 2 times in one month is overwhelming. For Christmas, I like to pick a few appetizers that Jon, the kids, and I can graze on all day. We like to start the day with a big breakfast, including an egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, fruit, and champagne. Then we usually have some kind of hot dip and a few other types of indulgent party food to snack on the rest of the day while we enjoy the time off. For that reason, I decided to share some really great appetizers and party food that will be perfect for a casual Christmas Day or to bring to a New Years’ Eve party.
- How Sweet Eats: Roasted Red Pepper and Bacon Goat Cheese Truffles. I love the idea of a savory “truffle.” These are more like mini-cheeseballs, and isn’t that a fun idea? Once you have the idea of these down, you could change up the flavor any way you would a regular-sized cheeseball (sundried tomatoes, olives, ham, pineapple, pecans, almonds, parsley…any combination!).
2. Diethood: Pizzadillas. This is more of a cute idea for the kids. As much as I would devour a goat cheese truffle or a pear tart, the kids…no. Kids love a new combination as much as we do as long as it uses their favorite flavors.
3. Home in the Finger Lakes: Olive Cheese Bread. I need to save this for a night with people who like olives because Jon will not eat them…maybe for a ladies’ wine night!
4. Food, Folks, and Fun: Chicken and Waffle Sliders. Have you ever hosted a party, and the guests devour the easiest dish first? That’s what happened with these. I made them for Ben’s First Birthday Party, and everyone raved about them. It’s barely a recipe, and more of just assembling parts. I didn’t drizzle the maple syrup because it looked too messy. Instead I just poured some into a small dish and placed it in the center of the serving platter.
4. Plain Chicken: Cream Cheese Sausage Balls. My grandmother used to make these every Christmas. I consider it traditional southern appetizer food. If you’ve never tried these, do it this year! They are a little spicy, but not so much that kids will avoid them.
5. Spend with Pennies: Jalapeno Popper Dip. I’ve made this a few times as an alternative to my go-to Spinach and Artichoke Dip. I love it!
6. Crave Cook Click: Paneer Naan Pizza. This is another adult appetizer. I love love Indian food, and one of my food goals this year is to make my own paneer. Paneer is a cheese used in Indian cooking. It’s sort of the consistency of feta or ricotta salada, and it does not melt.
7. Home & Plate: Pear Tart with Goat Cheese, Rosemary, and Honey. This is sort of a play on the flavors of my Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Medallions and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette. It’s a delicious flavor combination.
9. Creme de la Crumb: Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms. Two of my favorite appetizers combined into one. You know I love Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, but I may have to forgo them in favor of this, at least one time.
10. Martha Stewart: Easy Cardamom-Orange Chocolate Truffles. The thought of orange and chocolate used to sound so gross to me. I tried one of those chocolate oranges as a kid and hated it. But when I tried the flavors together again as an adult, I was surprised at how they complement each other. Truffles are a perfect party food because they don’t require utensils, and people can have as many or as few as they want.
What do you do for food on Christmas Day and New Year’s?