Having friends and family over for special events or simply weekly family dinners is a great way to keep in touch with one another. Figuring out what to make for these get-togethers can be challenging though. And balancing your time in the kitchen with your time with guest can be exhausting. So, here is an easy yet flavor packed appetizer recipe to serve at your next gathering along with a few tips to make your gathering a success.
The best way to entertain and still provide a tasty fair is by doing a lot of the work prior to the event, so that you have the time to spend socializing instead of spending the whole time in the kitchen.
Prepare as many of the dishes that can be prepared ahead of time the night before, or morning of, additionally do any chopping, grating, or pealing that needs to be done ahead of time so that any cooking that needs to be done during the gathering goes quicker.
Use disposable serving and eating utensils and dishes to minimize the amount of clean up afterwards. Position trash containers in convenient out of the way locations so that guests can clean up after themselves.
Also, create a beverage corner or bar location so that guests can easily serve themselves, while you tend to some of your guests other needs and socialize.
Now that you have a few of the ins and outs of being a successful party hostess, here is your first easy to make gourmet appetizer recipe.
Puff Pastry Dough
Shredded Parmesans Cheese
Chopped Swiss Cheese
These delightful puff pastry coins start out with a store bought puff pastry dough that can be easily purchased at any grocery store. Begin by flouring your cutting board and roller so that the dough does not stick. Then roll out the dough so that it is a flat and even rectangle.
Using the pastry brush, brush the Dijon mustard evenly over pastry dough leaving about a half inch boarder around the edges, in order to seal the edges after you have rolled your pastry log later.
Next evenly spread ham and cheeses over the Dijon covered pastry dough. Starting at one of the long sides of the dough rectangle, roll the ham and cheeses covered dough into a pin wheel log and seal the edges. Then place the log into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to set and cool for easier handling.
After you have chilled the pastry log, slice it into about one inch sections and place them cut side up on a backing sheet. Stick the baking sheet into a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes and serve fresh out of the oven.
As the recipe above shows, cooking for a group of people doesn’t have to be overly time consuming or a lot of hard work. Taking the time to pre-prep any dishes that you can before the event is a great way to provide a culinary treat and still get to spend time with your guests.