It’s time for festive celebrations with friends, family and, of course, great food. Create new signatures that everyone will enjoy and remember with these tips:
Have quick bites ready when your guests arrive.
From seafood sliders to stuffed mushrooms, your celebration will be great from the first bite with tempting finger food ready and waiting – and easy to find in the Seafood Department and in Our Kitchen. Also, choose from a wide variety of our own dips, including the popular Seven-Layer and melt-in-your-mouth Caramelized Onion.
Turn your cheese display into something festive … and minty.
Your cheese board will be merry with Sartori Peppermint Parmesan, English Stilton Cheeses and baked brie in a wide assortment of flavors from apricot to apple pie.
Deepen flavor with fresh herbs.
Whether you’re serving a spiral cut ham, a Frenched rack of Berkshire Black pork or another show-stopping main course, give it flavor with fresh herbs. Add springs of thyme, sage or rosemary when you’re cooking meat or vegetables.
Turn your home-cooked meal into a restaurant quality centerpiece with simply prepared homemade sauces. Make your sauce in the same pan you used to braise the meat, and deglaze the pan with stock or wine to get all the rich, flavorful bits into the finished product. Check out 4 tips for a better sauce in our Tidbits Magazine.
Elevate your menu by adding flavorful jams to your recipes.
Take your usual holiday recipes to a new level by stirring in some sweet or savory jam. Add a few spoonfuls of Stonewall Kitchen’s Roasted Garlic Onion Jam on the side of your cheese and crackers display, or use it to glaze green beans or carrots. For something sweet, fill butter cookies with Black Raspberry Jam or blend it with Balsamic Vinegar for a quick-and-easy sauce for pork or chicken.
Choose something new and seasonal for a standout side dish.
Serve your main course on top of mashed potatoes that aren’t basic. Add horseradish and roasted garlic or try our recipe for Caramelized Onion & Gruyere Mashed Potatoes. Find new twists on holiday sides made in our kitchen and ready-to-go, from Potato & Brussels Sprouts Hash to Rosemary Root Vegetables.
Make it fun for the kids.
The children at your celebration will have smiles on their faces – and will eat well, too – when you serve pizza cut into festive shapes with cookie cutters! Set up a cookie-decorating table to keep them busy while the food is cooking, with gingerbread cookies, icing and a variety of candies.
Give the day a sweet and spicy punch.
Get ready to toast with holiday punch! Stir up something sweet and sparkly with pear puree and Prosecco. A red wine punch with brandy, raspberries, oranges and lemons is sure to please a crowd. Or make it warm and spicy with apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
Bake up some little sweets.
Bite-size sweets and treats make dessert exciting, and they’re fun to make, too. Try our new recipe for Apricot Linzer Cookies. Or make chocolate mousse and serve it in mini shot glasses with whipped cream and crushed peppermints on top!
Serve sweet, warm gingerbread … your way.
There’s something nostalgic about gingerbread. Find one type to add to your dessert table or serve a mix of gingerbread treats, from a loaf cake to trifle, with a trip to our bakery.
From all of us at Roche Bros., we wish you wonderful holiday celebrations!