When everyone volunteers to bring something to a pre-holiday dinner, it's easy to get anxious. Are you going to be that person who brings paper goods or a bottle of soda? Strong effort on the creative front, from you. Really.
Appetizers are a great start. They’re simple to make and give people a chance to try new things. You don’t need silverware to eat them, which is probably why they're appealing. We genuinely enjoy the primal/child-like habit of eating with our hands, don't we? Follow these time-honored recipes and a sweet drink with only three ingredients to get people talking at your next get together.
Champagne Sorbet Punch Ingredients: 2 bottles Champagne 1 bottle White Wine 1 quart sherbet, preferably lemon
Directions: Stir gently the champagne and the white wine into a punch bowl. Add a large block of ice and scoops of lemon sherbet. Garnish with frozen lemon slices. This punch makes approximately 22 servings.
Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs
7 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
1 tsp prepared mustard
Salt and pepper, for taste
Paprika, for garnishing
Sweet gherkin pickles sliced, for garnishing
Pimentos, for garnishing
Directions: Halve 7 eggs lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in a small bowl. Mash yolks with a fork and stir in mayonnaise, pickle relish, and mustard. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Fill egg whites evenly with yolk mixture. Garnish with paprika, pickles and pimentos. Store covered in refrigerator.
Benny's Beany Dip Ingredients:
1 lb processed cheddar cheese
1 can fat-free refried beans
2 cups of salsa
Corn chips for dipping
Diced tomato or pepper for garnish (optional)
Cut the cheese into 1-inch chunks. Go ahead and giggle because I said, “cut the cheese.”
Open the can of beans. Put the cheese, beans, and salsa in the pot.
Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheese is melted and the dip is the same consistency throughout. Transfer the dip to a serving dish if you like.