Holiday Cooking: Martha Stewart’s Appetizers

Martha Stewart's Appetizers

Cooking for the Holidays with Martha Stewart’s Appetizers

We are excited to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year–for a whopping 18-20 people! My junior chef cannot wait, and he and I are prepping by taking some classes, scouring cooking magazines, and reading cookbooks to organize and plan.

Since we have such a big crowd coming, we are going to prepare several appetizers to have before dinner as people are arriving, as well as for munching on later in the evening for those who hang around for turkey sandwiches for supper. We’ve made almost our entire appetizer menu from Martha Stewart’s Appetizers cookbook. This heavily photographed book has tons of ideas for over 200 “snacks, starters, small plates, stylish bites, and sips” that our guests are sure to love.

Martha Stewart’s Appetizers opens with a helpful section covering party hosting and planning, even including pictures of the tools and dishware you need to have on hand. Recipes include Fried Sweet Potato Ravioli, Southern Style Cheese Straws, Bruschetta with Assorted Toppings, Hand Pies, Classic Canapes, Stuffed Mushrooms, Fried Macaroni and Cheese Bites, and many more mouth-watering choices. We are focusing on the recipes that involve little to no oven time, since our oven will be filled to the brim on Thanksgiving. Anything we can make ahead, we will, and Appetizers includes notes about advance prep, making it even more user-friendly.

My son is enthralled with this cookbook, proving that many of the ideas are kid-friendly, though they are not “kiddish.” We are sure to find something for everyone at our gathering with all the ideas for variations provided in Martha Stewart’s Appetizers, such as numerous fillings for Deviled Eggs, different toppings for Slice and Bake Crackers, and fillings for Tartlets. Basic recipes and techniques are explained in detail, giving readers a primer on getting started with finger foods.

The full page photographs make Martha Stewart’s Appetizers a winner, and the format takes the fear factor out of party planning. With pictures as a guide, clearly laid out ingredients lists, and easy to follow instructions, even my young chef and I are confident that we can cook up some delicious starters to our holiday meal.

The publisher provided a review copy of Martha Stewart’s Appetizers

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