Wishing you a very Merry Christmas
Suggestions for healthier and festive garnishes for your Christmas beverages and your Christmas table setting!
Seafood Appetizer Garnish
Line sherry glasses with some shredded lettuce. Add a layer of small cooked shrimp or crab pieces. Drizzle cocktail sauce over the seafood. Arrange the filled glasses in a container filled with crushed ice. Garnish with tiny lemon wedges.
Fruited Ice Jewels
Place fresh mint leaves, thin orange quarter-slices, and pomegranate seeds in a 15x10x1-inch-baking pan. Place pan in freezer. Pour a thin layer of distilled water into pan just to cover ingredients. Freeze. To serve, break into pieces appropriate for the glass size. Use to chill sparkling water, ginger ale, or a favorite punch.
Herbed Bread Wreath
Thaw 14 portions of purchased frozen roll dough. Arrange in a wreath shape on a greased shallow baking pan, placing a greased ball of foil in center to help hold shape. Cover; let rise about 30 minutes. Bake in a 350-degree oven for ten minutes. Brush wreath with a mixture of 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon water. Sprinkle with sesame and/or poppy seed. Bake 10 minutes more or until bread sounds hollow. Remove foil. Insert fresh rosemary sprigs and garnish with cranberries.
Slice a white potato thinly. Cut several potato slices into shapes using small holiday cookie or hors d'oeuvre cutters. In a small skillet or a saucepan, cook slices in a small amount of oil until golden brown and crisp. Use the potato cutouts as a garnish for vegetable side dishes or cream soups.
Remove a very thin slice from the top and bottom of a large navel orange so it will sit flat; slice the orange in half. Use a paring or grapefruit knife and melon baller to remove the flesh from the orange. You can use orange cups to serve cranberry sauce or chutney. Alternatively, freeze cups and fill with sorbet or other frozen desserts.
To decorate brown-and-serve dinner rolls, brush the unbaked rolls with a mixture of 1 egg white beaten with a tablespoon of water. While mixture is moist place, a small sprig of fresh Italian parsley or other small herb leaves on the rolls if desired. Brush again with the egg-white mixture before baking.
Festive Appetizer Garnish
Spoon guacamole and salsa into several margarita glasses, serving one glassful at a time and keeping the rest refrigerated for replenishing the appetizer table. To prepare, rub the rims of glasses with a lime slice, then dip them into coarse salt. Spoon in guacamole. Fill small bowls (such as votive candleholders) with salsa and press them into the guacamole. (Insert them off-center to allow more room for dipping.) Set on a flat, napkin-lined basket and surround with tortilla chips. Garnish the rim of the glass with a thin lime slice.
Punch Bowl Garnish
To chill punch, freeze shallow layers of fruit juice in a ring mold. Arrange fruit, such as very thin lime half-slice and fresh cranberries, atop the frozen layer in the mold. Add about 1 inch of fruit juice to hold the fruit in place as it freezes. When frozen, add additional fruit juice to fill the mold and freeze it solid. Remove from the mold and float it in punch.
Free Christmas Bow Recipe Card
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Christmas Time Saver Treat Tip
Cheese Ball: Spruce up your favorite cheese ball by rolling half of it in a mixture of snipped dried cranberries or dried cherries. Roll the other half in chopped pistachio nuts. Make sure you roll the ball along a straight edge so there is a definite division where the two ingredients meet.