5 quick and elegant holiday appetizers

5 Elegant Holiday Appetizers in 45 Minutes or Less

A charcuterie plate with complimentary cheese is a staple of any elegant holiday party because all it really takes is assembly on a nice serving tray if you didn’t cut the meat and cheese yourself. But if you want to add to your available appetizers without spending hours in the kitchen, Bosch Mixers has your back. Below are 6 delicious appetizers you can put together in 45 minutes or less.

1. Bacon-Wrapped Dates Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Dates Recipe
Bacon-wrapped anything is usually a hit, but to elevate the standard bacon appetizer, you can wrap dates in bacon for a flavorful snack. To make these, you need:

  • 16 oz medium-thick bacon
  • 20-25 Medjool dates
  • 20-25 toasted almonds
  • 4 oz goat cheese

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. To prepare your dates, you will need to slit them open slightly and remove the pit, replacing it with a bit of goat cheese. Slip an almond into the date then press the date closed again.

After you cut your bacon in half width-wise, wrap a piece around a date then skewer the bacon in place with a toothpick. As you go, arrange the bacon-wrapped dates on the baking sheet. Once ready, place them in the oven for 15 minutes. At the 15-minute mark, turn your dates over to the other side so the bacon crisps evenly.

Blot the grease on paper towels, then arrange and serve warm.

2. Salmon Rillettes Recipe

Salmon Rillettes Recipe
For an elegant appetizer that takes very little work, making salmon rillettes is an excellent choice. All you need are:

  • 6 oz unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
  • 6 oz (cold) smoked salmon or lox
  • 6 oz hot smoked salmon
  • 7 tbsp minced shallots
  • 5 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Crackers, pickles, or baguette, for serving

Place 6 tablespoons of butter in a small saucepan, melting it at medium-low heat. Add in the shallots then cover the pan and stir occasionally until tender, which takes about 5 minutes. Season the shallots with the pepper and salt, then remove from heat. Once it is cool, add the horseradish.

Add both types of salmon and the butter to your Bosch Universal Plus Mixer. Once you have the wire whips attachment on, blend everything together. Combine the shallots mixture to the salmon, adding more salt and pepper to taste. Just before you are ready to serve, stir in your parsley.

If you would like to make your own baguette, you can even make your own French bread using our recipe in your Bosch mixer.

3. Avocado Deviled Eggs Recipe

Avocado Deviled Eggs Recipe
Put a twist on the classic appetizer of deviled eggs with this avocado deviled eggs recipe. All you will need are:

  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 6 eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  • 2 ½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3 sliced of bacon, cooked
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt

Cut your boiled eggs in half and place the yolks, 2 slices of bacon, avocado, cayenne pepper, mayo, lime juice, salt, and garlic in your Bosch stand mixer with the wire whips attachment on. Blend everything together then scoop the mix into a piping bag so you can neatly add the mix to the halved eggs. Garnish with the remaining bacon and serve.

4. Garlic Shrimp And Avocado Crostini Recipe

Garlic Shrimp And Avocado Crostini Recipe
Add a slightly more substantial appetizer to your available array when you make this garlic shrimp and avocado crostini recipe. To make them, you need:

  • 1 baguette, cut into 1/3-inch slices
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, prepared
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and cover a baking sheet with parchment paper so you can place your baguette slices in an even layer. Bake them for about 8 minutes then remove them and set them aside.

In a large saucepan, melt the butter then add the shallot and garlic, cooking it for about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and occasionally stir it over about 3 minutes, until the shrimp are pink. Add the parsley, salt, lemon juice, and pepper, tasting occasionally.

Top the baguette slices with first a slice of avocado then the shrimp mixture. Serve the food warm.

5. Artichoke Dip Recipe

Artichoke Dip Recipe
While dips may not be the most elegant of appetizers, it can be when presented right with tasty ingredients. To make homemade artichoke dip, you’ll need:

  • 1 ¼ cups of parmesan, grated
  • 1 ¼ cups of whole milk
  • ½ cup of artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup of sharp white cheddar
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • 20 oz of spinach, stems removed
  • 2 tbsp onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Crackers or chips for serving

Begin by bringing a medium-sized pot of water to boil and add salt to the boiling water. Gently stir in your stemless spinach and allow it to cook until it is bright green. Remove from heat, then drain and rinse with cold water. Be sure to pat out the moisture then chop the spinach finely.

With a medium saucepan, melt your butter. Once melted, add your garlic, salt, and onion until the onion is soft. Add the flour and toast for 1 minute before adding the milk, stirring constantly. After it has thickened, remove the pan from the heat and add the sauce, lemon juice, sour cream, and parmesan.

Once everything is combined, put the pan back on medium heat and add in the cheddar, spinach, and the artichokes until the cheese is fully incorporated. Best served when warm.

Also, if you would like to present your artichoke dip in a bread bowl, be sure to check back with us as we will be putting up a fantastic bread bowl recipe for you to try in your Bosch mixer.

With the best stand mixer in your kitchen, all your food creation needs can be more easily achieve, from making elegant appetizers to baking everyday staples. If you don’t have a Bosch stand mixer, consider adding one of these versatile devices to your kitchen.

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