Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eat. Drink and be Merry

Our Christmas party has come and gone and we didn't manage to take very many pictures. I guess we were too busy talking, eating, drinking and having fun. Thanks to everyone who came over!
 I did a lot of baking for the party because that's what I do, and I think my recipe selection was a success. A lot of people have asked for a few recipes so I've added most of them to the Christmas Party Pinterest board. There are a lot of delicious treats on there, but below are the top four favorites.

#1-The Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte is super rich so cut it in small slices and let it come to room temperature for maximum decadence.
 #2- Next up are Crushed Peas with a Smoky Sesame Dressing. Who would've thought a pea appetizer would be such a hit? I made a little extra dressing than the recipe called for because the last time I made it I felt it was a little dry.
#3- My personal favorite, Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Tart. I make this one a lot it's always a crowd pleaser. Somehow I managed to squirrel a piece away for Greg before it was devoured. This time I forgot to get parmesan cheese so I topped it with extra gruyere. I think I prefer the parmesan topping but no one else seemed to mind. Also- don't skimp on the truffle salt.
#4- Last but not least we have Beurre et Sel Jammers. These shortbread treats are a little time consuming and need to be made in stages but they are totally worth it. Make the crust and the crumble a day or two before you plan on baking and assembling them, and when the dough gets too soft to deal with, stick it back in the freezer for a few minutes so you can both chill out.

Let me know if there's any I missed that you were looking for. What are some of your favorite holiday treats?
Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte | Crushed Peas With Smoky Sesame Dressing | Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Tart | Beurre et Sel Jammers

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