The holidays are upon us.
Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated holidays in the US. Families and friends gather around to share food and love. Spending hours cleaning, prepping, cooking, eating, napping and cleaning up again. It is a family tradition, a fun and exhausting one, especially for women.
This year will be the first year in a long time where I will be hosting festivities. I am looking forward to it, but also realizing how much work I have avoided in the past years. I am looking to my trusty cookbooks and Pinterest for all my recipes, tablescape ideas and easy clean up tips.
Below are some amaze Appetizer recipes that I have tried and are crowd pleasers.
Roast beef Crostinis
One of my absolute favs! They are always eaten first and there are never any leftovers. Super easy recipe that you can doctor up if needed.
- 1/2 lb Delicious Deli grade Roast Beef sliced thin (preferably a little red) Or you can be extra and roast a piece of beef tenderloin and slice to size.
- French Baguette, sliced on a diagonal a quarter inch thick and toasted. You can buy the already cut bag from Wegmans, but don’t. Be a bit extra with your bread, it will make a world of a difference.
- 8 0z Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
- 3 Roma Tomatoes (sliced)
- Couple sprigs of fresh chives
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Diagonally cut twenty-four 1/8-inch-thick slices from baguette and arrange in one layer on baking sheets. Brush tops of slices with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toast slices in middle and upper thirds of oven until golden brown, about 5 minutes, and cool on racks.
- Once toast cools, spread the cream cheese over each toast. Use your judgement on how much. You will want a little more if you are using your own roasted meat, less if you are using you deli meat.
- Top the cream cheese with the delicious tenderloin or deli roast beef. A slice of deli meat should be enough.
- If you are roasting your own beef: Place the tenderloin on a roasting rack. Sprinkle generously with kosher salt and sugar, which will deepen the savory flavors. Press the crushed peppercorns all over the surface of the meat. Insert a meat thermometer and place in the oven until the beef registers 120 to 125 degrees F for medium-rare/rare.
- Top with a slice of Roma tomato and sprinkle with fresh chives.
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Aoili
Crusty, savory, bite size mouthfuls of utter perfection.
My obsession for all things garlic is quieted, if only for a moment.
PIZZA FOREVER! I am lactose intolerant and have a tough time with Gluten, but for this, I make an exception. My tummy with be distended and I will feel like crap for a couple days but this is sooooo worth it! I promise you will not be able to stop eating once you start. I use Dom Pepino Pizza Sause instead of the Prego (which gives me heartburn) and add a little more than the instructed amount of spices.
These are my 3 most requested and loved appetizers, inexpensive, quick and easy! My mouth is watering just thinking about them.
I hope these stand out recipes will help out in your holiday planning! What are your go-to recipes? Comment below!