I always loved it when my parents threw a holiday party. I was old enough to come downstairs and load my plate up with appetizers—rich, rare treats—and then hide in my room with the other minors watching fun TV. I’m happy to report that many of the party snacks from my childhood have held up.
Treats like deviled eggs, stuffed mushrooms, and crispy cheese straws striped with baked-in cheese (recipes below) are synonymous with celebrating, especially around the holidays, and they don’t require days to put together. They are good not because ironic, but because they are flavorful, handsome, easy, and infinitely adaptable.
For example, you can now cook the eggs in an electric multi-cooker then add salmon roe and shiso leaves, or chipotle and avocado. You can top stuffed mushrooms with a triple crème cheese or a gluten-free and paleo cauliflower puree (see recipe below).
You can fill the pastry straws with the favorite ingredient du jour, like a zingy 'nduja sausage, a sprinkle of everything-bagel spice, or spicy gojuchang and scallions, or pumpkin pie spice and sugar. The most important thing is to have fun! When you are entertaining, your food should be entertaining, too.
Mushroom Stuffed Mushrooms
Black Tie Parmesan Straws
Tips for Making Parmesan Cheese Straws
Sprinkle the dough with half of the cheese and season with black pepper.
Fold the dough in half lengthwise, so it is 10 inches x 8 inches. Roll to flatten and sprinkle lightly with a few tablespoons more cheese. Trim edges and discard scraps.
Bake the straws until cooked through and golden brown, about 20 minutes, flipping the straws and rotating the baking sheets halfway through cooking so that they brown and puff evenly.
Serve in a tall glass along with other appetizers.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Who doesn't love deviled eggs? This recipe calls for the classic mustard, mayo and vinegary hot sauce combo, but you can mix it up however you like. Try bacon bits, curry, scallions, or whatever your heart (and taste buds) desire. Ready to get deviling? Check out the link below for the recipe, plus our 10 best tips for making your best deviled eggs every time.