~Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s discussion on holiday memories and delicious food.~
In my family, every holiday dinner has the obligatory olive/veggie tray and meat/cheese tray set out to keep us from attacking the dishes as they come out of the oven. My brother is notorious for sneaking bites of anything that is cooking; so it’s important to have appetizers. I had been thinking about how to upgrade these basic trays to make a little spicy pick-me-up. Mezzetta has a wide range of peppers, olives, spreads and sauces for appetizer ideas, so I looked to them!
I wanted something that didn’t take a whole lot of work to put together, that used the typical things you’d find on trays, but dressed it up a bit. So I took some hard salami, baby Swiss cheese and Mezzetta Sweet Banana Wax Peppers and wrapped them up into bites (held together with colorful toothpicks!).
Hard Salami is a lot like summer sausage, but it folds and rolls easier. If you don’t happen to like Banana Peppers, you could also wrap the salami and cheese up tortilla style and place a Mezzetta olive on top with a toothpick to hold it together. Either way, these bites are fast to make, delicious and pretty (like spicy flowers).
Of course, my family LOVES spicy things and tends to flock to the olive tray. Who knows, maybe this will actually hold my brother off long enough to get the food on table this year!
Speaking of Mezzetta, every day you (and I!) can enter to win their Daily Gift Basket giveaway, where each day one lucky winner will receive a gift basket full of tasty Mezzetta products! Talk about being ready for the next holiday dinner! You can create my little Mezzetta Pepper Bites OR a whole slew of amazing recipes on their page. Plus, if you want to get started early, you can pick up a $.50 off coupon on all Mezzetta products while you’re there!
What’s your favorite Holiday Appetizer?