Do you like white chili? If you are not familiar with it, it's sort of the calmer, nicer cousin of a Texas chili. No frantically looking for something to put out the flames from a beef and habanero fest. White chili is made with white beans, chicken (sometimes pork), and mild green chiles.
Pimento cheese! If you are from the South, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about, of course. You likely have your favorite way of making it and may even take issue with our recipe that follows.
If you are not from the South, you might be scratching your head at this point. Pimentos? Those red things in olives, shmooshed together with cheese? Yep. Welcome to "Carolina caviar" or "Southern pâté", a dip containing cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos, and cream cheese. Spread between two pieces of white bread for a quick sandwich, or stuff into celery sticks for the southern version of ants on a log. You can even put it on a burger.
Ready for some holiday ham? Glazed ham is probably one of the easiest, festive, and cost effective roasts one can serve for a large gathering. The ham is already cooked when you buy it, so all you really have to do is heat it and glaze it. For this cranberry glazed ham, we are making a cranberry glaze with jellied cranberry sauce, orange juice, and whole grain mustard.
It's sweet and tart, and with hints of orange and bursts of mustard. A perfect taste combination for ham!
Stuffed mushrooms should be in every home cook's repertoire. They're easy to make, they're great for parties, and the variations are endless. Just regular button mushrooms, or the brown creminis, are perfect for stuffing. You can get as creative as you like with the filling, just look at the ideas from other food bloggers that we've linked to at the bottom of the recipe.
One of the easiest and most elegant appetizers you can make for a gathering is baked brie. Baking a round of brie for a few minutes in the oven makes it all melty and oozy, and transforms it from something already wonderful to completely irresistible.
Like peanut butter? Chicken? Then this African chicken peanut stew by Hank is for you. Perfect for chilly weather. ~Elise
Chicken, sweet potatoes and peanuts are one of those magical flavor combinations that make me feel all warm and happy, especially because I never would have thought to do this 20 years ago, when I met some fellow University of Wisconsin students from Ghana who made this stew at their apartment. Chicken groundnut stew is, in various forms, common all over West Africa, and this is my version, inspired by my colleagues at UW.
When it comes to holiday dinners, the more dishes you can make ahead, the better, right? Mashed potatoes are central to our holiday meals (how else can you make gravy volcanos?) and they are the easiest thing in the world to make ahead. Stress-free! (At least the potato part.)
Have you ever had this classic Sicilian side dish? It's made with leafy greens that you sauté with garlic in olive oil and toss with toasted pine nuts and raisins. It may sound like an odd combination, but it works; it's sweet, savory, salty, spicy and just a little bitter. And as my mother would say—well balanced.