Quick, easy, and impressive! Cooked shrimp and other colorful munchies are displayed on a Christmas tree created with beet greens wrapped around a cone shape. Vary the size of the cone and type and amount of veggies to personalize this for your party needs. Using purchased sauces for dipping makes this even easier. Display on a colorful Christmas plate and watch the snackers un-decorate!
This recipe was used by a chef I worked for and still enjoy feeding to my crew at home. This was served as a side dish for a Mardi Gras feast. You can also make this for vegetarian by omitting the bacon. A little of the favor is missing, but it still has a kick.
Diced red and yellow bell peppers, jalapeno chiles, onion, garlic, and parsley are tossed with black-eyed peas and crumbled bacon in a colorful salad seasoned with a tangy balsamic and red wine vinegar, cumin, and olive oil dressing.
A flavorful blend of chicken, fruit, lemon, and ginger makes for a light and delicious chicken salad. This salad is perfect for special occasions, but easy enough to make at home any day. Serve it in a halved cantaloupe for a fabulous presentation!