The holidays are a time of great indulgence and some relaxation — but also, stress. We want to enjoy the (limited) time off work with friends and family to the utmost, but sometimes the thought of organizing a get-together can be more overwhelming than festive.
For those of us who’d rather not Seamless our holidays away (but might need a helping hand to keep from having a meltdown in the kitchen) we consulted a few experts for tips on how to make our holiday parties seamless— with a lower case s.
For Fiorella DiCarlo, the NYC-based RD, CDN and host of the “Living in Italian” video series, healthy cooking and holiday entertaining aren’t mutually exclusive.
For starters, begin the night with veggie and protein based hors d’oeuvres “to help minimize mindless munching on chips and starchy foods,” that will fill up guests before the meal, she says. She suggests: endive leaves with grilled shrimp, caponata bruschetta, and hummus with roasted carrots.
You can keep the nutrition going strong throughout the night, so long as you make flavor paramount. “Dress up your vegetables,” she says. Think, roasted brussels sprouts with parmigiano reggiano and truffle oil.
For dessert, there are plenty of creative and tasty ways to incorporate fruit. Add seasonal fruits instead of crackers and bread to accompany a cheese plate: baked pears with 16 month old Manchego drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar, she suggests. Or, soak berries in Limoncello or Frangelina (Italian liquers) and serve over sorbetto with biscotti.