December 17, 2019
Want to throw your friends an amazing party but you’re short on time? While everyone enjoys having a nice gathering with friends or family, prepping and cooking food can take a lot of time—making the host pretty exhausted at the end. These holiday party hacks will help you put together some tasty bites that won’t take days of pre-planning.
Fruit salads are refreshing and yummy for a daytime party. This is a quick twist that makes fruit salad plate-free! Simply thread small pieces of fruit onto skewers to make a portable fruit salad, perfect for parties where folks are standing. Using fruits like grapes, cherries, blueberries, and small strawberries will save you time on cutting fruit. Set out a nice dish of fresh, local Drizzle Honey or whipped cream for dipping. You can also find an array of tasty Fruit Dips available in the produce department too!
Make Mini Pizza or Dessert Bites
Get ready-to-bake pizza dough or shortcut pastry for this hack. Simply layer the dough on an ice cube tray and press it into squares with your finger to make hollowed out cubes (larger block ice cube trays are ideal for this). Fill the blocks with cheese, tomato sauce, pepperoni, chicken or ground beef then place another layer of dough or pastry and press firmly. Bake according to package instructions then separate the cubes with the help of a pizza cutter if they happen to bake together. In ten minutes you have fresh baked pizza bites!
You can also do this hack with any of your favorite fillings like vegetables, cream cheese, or even mashed potatoes or create bite-size dessert pies using canned blueberry pie filling, apples and honey, or chocolate and marshmallows.
Quick Asparagus Bacon Cheese Sticks
Need a speedy appie that looks like you spent more time on it than you did? Take some asparagus and wrap prosciutto and string cheese around each one, then season with salt and pepper. Put the asparagus on a tray with parchment paper and drizzle some olive oil on top and bake at about 325 degrees for about three to five minutes (keep watch!). Now, you have wonderful mouth-watering asparagus, ham, and cheese sticks in no time.
Or let Co-op’s Meat Department provide your snack on a stick. New in-store made Porkbelly Glazed Skewers are the tasty, crispy, flavourful appetizer that everyone will be raving about. These fresh made bites are like the crispiest, most flavourful bacon, with some added spice, wound carefully around a sturdy skewer. A few minutes in a hot oven crisps them up and they’ll be a huge hit with the carnivores in your group.
Stock Up on Frozen Appetizers
Frozen appetizers are great for hosting a no-sweat holiday party and they keep in the freezer if you have unexpected visitors. Simply serve them with a delicious sauce or dressing, and no one would know you didn’t make them yourself.
The choices for frozen appetizers are endless; just take a walk through Co-op’s Freezer Section; look for mini quiches, cheese bites, mini egg rolls, sausage rolls, onion rings, calamari, kebabs, and frozen shrimp rings. Gourmet frozen pizzas or flatbreads are also a nice snack too. Each of these are real crowd pleasers if you’ve got a big group coming, and they take just a few minutes in the oven before you’re party-ready!
Festive Food Trays
Sometimes you just want to enjoy the party yourself. Why not let Co-op do the party prep for you? Co-op can assemble anything from fruit trays, to meat or cheese trays, fruit platters or veggie trays, and even cookie platters or breakfast bagel platters if you’re having overnight guests. Check the Co-op website or ask in the Bakery, or Deli Departments for some guidance.
Throwing a festive party with our festive food hacks is easy. Find these party hacks and all your holiday entertaining supplies at Co-op.
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