Throw a Holiday Appetizer Party
These are the bright, crunchy, savory, seasonal bites your friends will love. Our make-ahead strategies make it totally doable.
When it's that turkey or brisket time of year—a time of important ritual cooking—the way a cook can cut loose and entertain purely for the sake of entertaining is to throw a warm, seasonal app-and-cocktail party. A deft mix of savory bites and brilliant drinks leads to pure conviviality, real joie de vivre. The care taken with homemade food and drink makes all the difference. These appetizers will delight.
Spanish flatbreads, or tortas, are a tapas staple. Make these with thin sandwich round halves and a 1 1/4-inch circular cutter. You'll only use 1/4 cup of the romesco, but the remainder makes a great sauce for meats, vegetables, or fish.
Unlike soft, plum tomato-shaped Hachiya persimmons, squat, round Fuyu persimmons are crisp with an earthy sweetness. Top with a creamy-sweet combo of ricotta, honey, pecans, and sliced mint for an easy hors-d'oeuvre.
Substitute gravlax or even flaked canned salmon if you prefer salmon that has not been smoked. Wasabi mayonnaise is available in the condiment section of most supermarkets. Or make your own by blending 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon wasabi paste, or more wasabi to taste.