Traditional holiday food is wonderful, but if you really want to wow your party guests try these unique holiday dishes for your gatherings. They all use the seasonal flavor favorites in delicious combinations. These are not recipes, but ideas for you to add your own touch to. So be creative this year and try out a few of these.
This is a simple Indian dish that is traditionally served over rice. It’s perfect for a holiday meal because it can be made from so many seasonal favorite ingredients like sweet potatoes or squash. Guests will love to taste something exotic and the spicy curry flavor base will warm you up on a cold winter night.
Oven Poached Fruit
What better way to get your vitamin C and fight off colds than from warm out of the oven fruit. Pears, apples,apricots, and persimmons can all be poached in the oven with holiday spices like Cinnamon and ginger. These are excellent as a side dish to turkey or ham and can also be used as a dessert served hot over ice cream or for a healthier alternative frozen yogurt.
Forget the regular old standbys like chicken noodle and go for something rustic like a pumpkin or carrot soup. Serve with bread or rolls made with the same ingredient base and add in some raisins or cranberries for extra flair.
There are almost endless possibilities of what you can create with some leafy greens, fruit and nuts. Oranges and toasted pecans over spinach is a favorite combination of mine. Add some grilled chicken or shrimp and make an appetizer into a healthy meal.
Its the filling and the sauce that sets this apart from any other pasta dish. Festive combinations are ground turkey with a cranberry sauce and pumpkin filled with orange ginger glaze.
Not just for summer get those skewers out and pattern chunks of smoked salmon or crab meat with baked sweet potato cubes, sliced carrots, caramelized onions and pieces of cut fruit (raw or baked). This makes a great appetizer and centerpiece layed out on a serving platter with some savory dipping sauces.
With all of these dishes it’s not just about the taste of the food, make it look good too. Serve soups in holiday mugs, stack vegetables upright in glass jars adorned with ribbon, use unexpected items as serving trays like large picture frames with a favorite holiday picture inside or mirrors with a fancy carved wooden frame.Have fun with your party and make it memorable for years to come.