Homemade Non-Alcoholic Eggnog – If you love the rich, creamy taste of classic eggnog, but don’t like the idea of using raw eggs, this recipe is for you. For an adults-only version, add some rum, bourbon, or cognac to taste.
This warm garlic-Parmesan shrimp is packed with wonderful flavors, but the real breakout star is the versatile roasted garlic dip. This easy dip is delicious as written, or it can be customized with your favorite herbs and spices, such as dill or parsley, to create a variety of flavor combinations.
Peppermint Martinis – Want a fun and festive way to celebrate the holidays? If so, you’ll definitely want to give these peppermint martinis a try! Your guests will love the crushed candy cane rim that complements the chocolate and peppermint flavors perfectly.
Mini-Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Salted-Caramel Crunch Topping These little mini-pumpkin cheesecakes are a crowd favorite because they look almost as good as they taste! For a little extra “sparkle,” top each cheesecake with some pre-made salted-caramel crunch. If you can’t find any in your local grocery store, you can order some online here: Salted Caramel Crunch You can also top with your favorite caramel sauce or some chopped nuts before serving. For a more minimalist approach, simply sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.
Portobello and Sage-Stuffed Acorn Squash – This protein-packed stuffed acorn squash provides a healthy and tasty alternative to traditional holiday side dishes. Crisp pancetta, rich Portobello mushrooms, sweet dates, and aromatic sage bring fabulous, yet diverse, flavor to every bite. As an added bonus, the lentils and walnuts make it more filling, so maybe you’ll be able to stop at just one piece of pumpkin pie this holiday season.
Poached Pears with Honey Mascarpone Cream – This elegant and easy dessert looks so much more complicated than it actually is!The key to success with this recipe is to choose a naturally firm pear varietal, such as the red Anjou used here.