The Christmas tree is lit, tunes are playing and house is cleaned. Cue level two of holiday entertaining stress - preparing the food! BUT, no more. This is your year to make your cooking skills (and beef, of course) shine!
Time to make life easier with simple beef appetizer recipes that minimize time and stress, yet maximize your friends' and family's reaction. After all, you're a lean, mean beef-cooking machine - and you better believe it! Let's focus on appetizers today -
Start your party with appetizers and drinks. Everyone naturally gathers around the kitchen, so you may as well give them something to nibble on while they chat and sip their beverages of choice. A charcuterie tray is simple to put together and can easily be taken on the go and appeal to all different tastes. Keep in mind that you should include a minimum of three different meats (beef sausages work great!), soft and hard cheese, two types of crackers and fresh fruit. Accessorize with olives which are salty, and include sweet spreads for the cheese and crackers to compliment the salty.
If you are wanting to make something warm for an appetizer, try these delicious (and impressive) Italian Beef Meatball Sandwiches!
If you want a low carb option, skip the outer layer and make these Mini Merry Meatballs! I mean, c'mon friends, with a name like that who could resist these festive beef bites?! Call them guilt-free protein poppers if you must justify cookies ;)
Last, but certainly not least, how about some (*not-so-basic) Beef Skewers with Garlicky White Bean Dip? They look like you spent hours to assemble, but in actuality, the only thing on the skewer is the Sirloin! Which, obviously, is all that you need on a skewer anyways.
Remember that the best part of the holidays, besides eating more beef, is spending time with those you love. Be sure to check out all holiday beef entertaining recipes here!
From our kitchen to your's, Merry Christmas!