Blog Post By Meg Barkley
7 Easy Wine Country Inspired Holiday Appetizers
The holidays give us an extra excuse to spend more time in the kitchen and to linger at the table with friends and family. Are you hosting a holiday party? Do you need some menu inspiration? At Clif Family, we’re here to help you with easy yet outstanding appetizers for your next soiree.
With a nod to red and green for the holidays, share these favorite Clif Family dips at your gathering. Our Beet Pimento Dip has just a touch of spice using our Organic Jimmy Nardello Hot Sauce. And Green Olive Tapenade with Organic Rosemary Almonds & Pistachios is a filling and flavorful dip. Serve both with rustic crackers or an array of crudité like purple carrots, peppers, jicama, and kohlrabi.
Don’t Forget Your Greens
We always try our best to sneak in delicious yet nutritious dishes to our menus. Chef John suggests drizzling our Chimichurri Sauce atop Flank Steak mini beef sliders. Or for a “Plant Slant” alternative, grilled Portobello mushrooms create a nice veggie base for the sauce. You’ll love this dish with Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet blends like Clif Family’s The Climber Red Blend.
#Cauliflower continues to be the trendy vegetable. Surprise your guests with a new twist on this popular cruciferous. Our Fried Cauliflower with Solar Grown™ Hot Honey will be the first dish that disappears from the table! Try it with a splash of Clif Family’s Sparkling Brut Rosé.
Calling All Truckers!
For all the Clif Family Food Truck fans out there, we have the perfect holiday toast for you. Re-create our very popular Persimmon Bruschetta. This bruschetta showcases our seasonal Organic Persimmon Butter made from both Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons from the Clif Family Farm.
Not Your Nana’s Cheese Log
Every holiday table must include a cheese log, right? Why not elevate your cheese game with a nod to Wine Country with Clif Family’s Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Ball featuring our Organic Smoked Spanish Piementon Almonds. The savory nut mix crust is the perfect pairing for hearty and spicy red wines like Clif Family’s Gary’s Improv Zinfandel.
Cookies with a Twist
Surprise your guests with a tasty and slightly sweet cookie on the platter. These Savory Bacon Thumbprints highlight our Organic Strawberry Pepper Jam. Such a scrumptious and easy cookie to make, everyone will ask for the recipe!