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TEXARKANA, Ark. –
Christmas parties with friends and family usually means games, presents and food.
For me, it means games and appetizers or hors d’oeuvres at the party this weekend
I will be attending.
Appetizers or hors d’oeuvres options are endless. I am sure you probably have a go-to
favorite that you always make. For me, I love to make a spinach artichoke dip in the
crockpot or sausage balls. With careful planning and advanced preparation, mouth-watering
appetizers can be made with minimal time and effort.
If you are hosting the party, plan a wide variety of appetizers. Decide if you will
serve them hot or cold. Hot foods have to stay hot and cold foods cold. Make dips
and spreads in advance; many times their flavor improves if stored in the refrigerator
two or three days before serving. If serving hot appetizers, serve in stages so as
one batch is emptied another piping hot one is ready. Electric plates, slow cookers
or chafing dishes are convenient for keeping hors d’oeuvres warm. Hot foods should
be held at 140 degrees or warmer. Cold foods should be held at 39 degrees F or colder.
Keep foods cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice. Otherwise, use small serving trays
and replace them often.
When serving more than one kind of appetizer, offer a variety of contrasting colors,
textures and flavors. A cool, creamy yogurt dip with fresh vegetables, a rich cheese
fondue, a dish of sweet and sour meatballs, and curried chicken spread is a multi-taste
and texture combination. For calorie conscious guests, try to provide a few low-calorie
In general, the number of appetizers needed will depend upon the length of time the
guests will remain. For a four hour party, plan on about eight appetizers per person
during the first two hours and four appetizers per person for the remaining two hours.
Make the appetizers appealing by using the food itself as decoration. Huge crackers
make novel display platters for molded spreads or sliced meat and cheeses. Festive
containers for dips and spreads can be made by scooping out squash, eggplant, tomatoes,
green or red peppers, apples, pineapples, melons or avocados. Braided or shaped bread
loaves can also be hollowed out and filled with dips or spreads. For elegant finger
sandwiches, use cookie cutters to cut the bread. Also, instead of spreading the filling
on open-faced sandwiches, use a pastry bag to apply an attractive swirl of spread.
As with all food, the two hour rule should be followed: foods should not sit at room
temperature for more than two hours. Keep track of how long foods have been sitting
on the buffet table and discard anything there two hours or more. You do not want
to make your guests ill.
Add Chunky Cranberry Spread to your holiday buffet. It makes about one and one half
cups. Keep chilled while serving.
Nutritional Information per serving: 36 calories, 2g. total fat (1 g. saturated fat), 3 g. carbohydrate, 1 g. protein,
less than 1 g. dietary fiber, 29 mg. sodium.
For more information, contact the Miller County Extension Office, 870-779-3609 or
visit us in room 215 at the Miller County Courthouse.
By Carla DueCounty Extension Agent - FCSThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Miller County Cooperative Extension Service400 Laurel Street, Suite 215 Texarkana AR 71854 (870) 779-3609 email@example.com
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