Time is of the essence during the holiday season. Whether you're hosting a party or just cooking for your family, chances are you have a million things to do and very little time to do it. Here are some quick dishes that will impress guests, taste delicious and add some color to your spread.
1. Tomato Mozzarella Basil Toothpicks - If someone says they don't like the combination of tomato, mozzarella and basil, they're lying. It's a fact, this combination is welcomed at all times. Putting the ingredients on the toothpick makes it easy to eat and adds a touch of sophistication.
2. Pretzel M&M Treats - With only three ingredients - m&m's, hershey kisses, pretzels - and only a few minutes in the oven, these are extremely cheap and easy to make. And there's just something about that salty/sweet combination makes them insanely addicting. Recipe here.
3. SoufflĂ©s - Don't worry, I'm not telling you to make a soufflĂ© from scratch, we'll leave that to the experts. Lucky for us, many of the Whole Foods in the Boston area carry Chef Yves' Souffles - frozen pre-made souffles that come in five different sweet and savory varieties. Just pop 'em in oven.
4. Prosciutto Wrapped Anything - Think of it as a modern take on a holiday ham. Melon, cheese, asparagus, it all works. Just head over to any specialty food store (South End Formaggio and American Provisions are personal favorites) and pick up their thin cut Prosciutto di Parma.
5. Homemade Salsa - salsa is a crowd pleaser at any time of the year, and it looks festive too! I recently discovered The Pioneer Woman's recipe for Restaurant Style Salsa and I make it at least once a week. Soula's Salsa is another great option if you don't have time to cook!
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.