Holiday Party Throwback: Retro One-Bite Appetizers
CUMINROASTED SHRIMP WITH GREEN CHILE COCKTAIL SAUCE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Shrimp, Olive Oil, Cumin, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Green Chile Peppers, Cilantro, Lime Juice ASIAN CLAMS CASINO Food Network Kitchen Food Network Cornstarch, Littleneck Clams, Vegetable Oil, Scallions, Black Pepper, Garlic, Mirin, Panko Breadcrumbs BACONWRAPPED STUFFED FIGS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Dried Figs, Goat Cheese, Pesto, Lemon Juice and Zest, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper, Bacon ONEBITE BAKED BRIE WITH GRAPEPECAN COMPOTE Food Network Kitchen Food Network Small Red Grapes, Vegetable Oil, Pecans, Lemon Juice, Kosher Salt, Brie, Mini Phyllo Shells, Black Pepper ITALIAN SAUSAGE BALLS Food Network Kitchen Food Network Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, Selfrising Flour, Olive Oil, Basil, Pickled Cherry Peppers
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When it comes to easy entertaining, finger foods are the name of the game. Instead of serving tired been-there-done-that hors d'oeuvres at your holiday party, revamp your menu with festive throwback bites. Though they're each small in size, these appetizers bring big flavors and breathe new life into retro recipes.
If traditional shrimp cocktail is your go-to party pick, Cumin-Roasted Shrimp with Green Chile Cocktail Sauce will go it one better. Instead of grabbing a shrimp by the tail and dipping it in jarred cocktail sauce, bathe each rosy shrimp in a zesty sauce of chiles and cilantro. You can serve this dish at any temperature — hot, cold or room temp — making it a real hosting dream.
Getting your hands on classic clams casino requires shucking raw clams, which is a real chore. This recipe for Asian Clams Casino is an update in prep and taste, since clams open up on their own when steamed on the stove. Dress it up with tangy Japanese mirin, panko breadcrumbs and scallions for bold new flavor.
Odds are you've been to a party where baked Brie wrapped in phyllo dough was served. Instead of succumbing to the toil of dealing with umpteen sheets of the paper-thin dough, serve One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape Pecan-Compote in easy phyllo cups instead. Round it out with a spoonful of the compote, made with roasted grapes and toasted pecans.