My dear sorority sister shared this festive holiday soup recipe with me. Vichyssoise is usually served cold but this is terrific served hot, cold or at room temperature. It is a perfect first course for your next holiday gathering. You can have a pot simmering on the stove and your guests will be coming back for more. Thank you Teddy for sharing this yumminess! It is my new favorite!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Makes approximately 10 cups (serves 6-8 in bowls or 20 in small appetizer glasses)
- 6 Tbsp butter
- 3 medium leeks (white and light green parts only, thinly spliced crosswise)
- 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch cubes (the smaller the chop, the faster they cook)
- 5 cups water
- 3 cups of apple juice or cider
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream (unwhipped)
- Chopped fresh chives for garnish
- 1 apple, julienne (cut into sticks) for garnish
1 Melt butter: In a large (6-quart) pot or saucepan, heat the butter on medium high heat until it melts and foams up.
2 Sauté leeks and onions: Toss in the sliced leeks and onions and salt. Stir to coat with the butter. Cook for several minutes, reducing the heat to medium, until the leeks and onions are translucent and softened. Then stir in white wine and simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated.
3 Add potatoes, water and apple juice and bring to simmer. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Cook, partially covered for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are completely cooked through. Remove from heat.
4 Purée until smooth: Purée using an immersion blender or working in batches, blend in a regular blender. (Careful! With hot liquids only fill the blender 1/3 of the way full, and hold the blender top on with your hand while blending.) Purée until completely smooth, then return the soup to the pot.
5 Cool and stir in sour cream and heavy cream: Allow to cool a bit before stirring in the sour cream and heavy whipping cream. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Add more liquid if needed for desired thickness. Season with more salt if needed.
6 Serve warm in bowls or glasses: If serving warm, pour into bowls or glasses and garnish with chives and julienned apple on top. As an alternative, allow to cool completely and chill in the refrigerator if desired. The soup can be served just below room temperature (maybe 65°F or 18°C).
PSST! You can swap out heavy whipping cream for 1/2 & 1/2 for a lighter version of this rich and delicious soup with no loss in taste.
Makes 8 cups
I’ve added my own little twist to the old time favorite Chex Mix around the holidays. This party mix can even be enjoyed by your guests with dietary restrictions or gluten free preferences. It’s a modified recipe from the original Chex Mix. I nix the Wheat Chex, use gluten free pretzels, and also add my own little twist. Your guests will be coming back for more so you might want to make two batches!
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion power
2 teaspoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup pretzels (gluten-free versions available from Snyder’s or Snack Factory)
1 cup fancy mixed nuts
3 cups Corn Chex cereal
3 cups Rice Chex cereal
1. Melt butter in a 13X9 in baking dish in a 250 degree oven.
2. Remove dish from oven and stir in the seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.
3. Add cereals, pretzels and nuts and stir until coated.
4. Bake @ 250 degrees for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes or so.
5. Remove from the oven and cool (if you can keep your family from nibbling)
6. Store in an airtight jar or large ziplock bag.
YIELDS 12 SERVINGS
Roasted Grapes Crostini
Roasted Grapes Crostini caramelizes sweet grapes with a light balsamic dressing before nestling them on a savory bed of ricotta and crisp, buttery toast. This is one appetizer to remember!
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Looking for a healthy low carb appetizer for your next party? Try this simple recipe. It has just 4 ingredients and is a perfect snack or appetizer. Dried apricots topped with creamy goat cheese, nutty pistachios and just a drizzle of honey make a perfect combination.
18 dried apricots (I like the larger Turkish ones)
2 oz. goat cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped pistachios
1-2 T of honey, for drizzling
- Place apricots on a platter or serving tray
- With the back of a spoon, spread a small dollop of goat cheese onto each apricot
- Sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed pistachios onto each
- Drizzle with honey*
Tip: To avoid putting too much honey on each apricot bite, place honey in a ziplock plastic baggy. Cut off a small corner of the baggie and squeeze honey from the hole onto each apricot to add just the amount of sweetness to each bite.
Creds to Jess @ jessfuel.com for this yummy recipe. Her recipe is for a larger crowd and yields 3 dozen of these yummy treats. I simply cut the recipe in half. Check out all her other easy recipes.
Sometimes you just need something sweet and crunchy. It’s tempting to reach for something pre-packaged that’s easy and tasty but makes you feel guilty right after you put it in your mouth. Not these. They are crunchy and satisfying while also being high in nutrition Get your snack fix with this easy to prepare treat that you can feel good about.
Preparation: 5 minutes
1 medium pear
4 Tablespoons PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons shredded coconut (I like it toasted)
In a small bowl, mix PB2 with 2 Tablespoons of water.
Slice the pear into 8 -10 wedeges
Spread peanut butter mixture thinly onto pear wedges and place on either a serving platter or 2 individual salad plates.
Sprinkle with coconut and chocolate chips. Enjoy!
BBQ Chicken Flatbread
Need an easy appetizer for a party? Try this one. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.
2 flatbreads (sold at specialty stores and some grocery stores)
1/4 cup shredded chicken breast
2-4 T. BBQ sauce (I like Trader Joe’s Bold and Smokey Kansas City Style)
5-8 sprigs of fresh cilantro
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3-4 thin slices of a small red onion (peeled)
Place the flatbread on a cookie sheet and place in a 350 degree oven for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread a thin layer of bbq sauce on the flatbread.
Add shredded chicken and red onion slices.
Add a thin layer of mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and edges of bread are lightly browned.
Remove from oven and add fresh cilantro leaves.
Slice and place on a serving dish and serve immediately. Enjoy!
PSST! Shred the chicken from a leftover piece of grilled chicken breast from the night before or cut from a roasted chicken from the deli section of most grocery stores. If you can’t find flatbread, you can use a lavosh bread instead.
Fresh and light, this Goat Cheese with Lemon and Rosemary is an easy and tasty appetizer you can serve in both in the summer and winter. I first enjoyed this when my sister served this before a holiday meal. Bring it to a potluck or a party. Your guests will Ooo and Ahh!
The secret is fresh rosemary. I have it growing in my garden and I love the aroma as well as the flavor it brings to so many dishes.
Goat Cheese with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary
1 5 oz. log of goat cheese
zest of one lemon
1/8- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
salt to taste
Mix all ingredients but the goat cheese together. Place the goat cheese on a small dish with a lip and pour the mixture over the cheese. Marinate for 4 hours to allow the flavors to mingle. Sprinkle with a little more rosemary to taste and garnish with a sprig. Serve with water crackers. Enjoy!