It’s that time of year – maybe the best time of year – when families are home, children wait with anticipation, and kitchens take center stage. When it comes to Christmas, we like what our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge said, “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” However, there can be a little stress associated with the holidays, so get a head-start on your planning efforts – maybe even start by planning your appetizers for the big day or evening. Here’s our first recipe to make your life a little easier.
- Start with Wisconsin Russet Potatoes and slice very thin. Fry them in olive oil until golden brown
- In a small dish, combine some soft cream cheese and chives, a dash of your favorite hot sauce, some lemon juice and then fold in a spoon of capers and spread it on each potato slice
- Put a small slice of smoked salmon (lox) on each slice and you have a tasty and simple holiday appetizer
Another tip from the experts for making your holidays less stressful is to get everything set-up several days in advance. Your holiday table and centerpiece, the place settings, your meal plan, and even some desserts can be prepared in advance. And speaking of meal plans, here’s another delicious potato recipe that’s easy and popular.
- Take a few Wisconsin Potatoes, cut them into quarters and boil until tender. While the potatoes are boiling, cut some strips of bacon in half
- When the potatoes are cool to the touch, mix them in a bowl with olive oil, thyme, sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
- Wrap the herb and spiced potatoes with a half strip of bacon and bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp – secure with a toothpick
And there you have it, a second holiday appetizer recipe that you can plan for in advance. Until next week, when we take a look at more holiday potato recipes, here’s to a stress-free holiday season.