Foodie Friday: Holiday Cocktail Party Menu

Cocktail Party Menu

Mini- Empandas

Baked Potato Pancakes

Tandoori Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Grilled Pita

Cocktail: Champagne Punch

You and your boyfriend decide to have a holiday party of some sort, but BBQ wings and pigs in the blanket is very sports bar and not fitting for someone who lives on Central Park West.

Rule if you are having 8 guests or 3 couples then have 24 servings or 3 portions of food per person.

Mini Empandas:
2 lbs.  Italian Sausage Hot and Sweet out of the casing
1 large onion diced
2 cloves of garlic
1 bell pepper
4 packages of pre-made pastry dough
1/4 cup of raisins
Saute all the veggies in a skillet with olive oil, until translucent, add sausage out of casing into pan with veggies, until sausage is thoroughly cooked.

Pastry Dough--Make sure it is at room temperature for ease of handling.
Cut into 24 triangles
When filling is cooled then take a teaspoon of filling and fill with one side of mixture. Seal with your fork.
Bake until golden brown for 25 min at 350 degrees.

Baked Potato Pancakes:
Mashed Potato's made with vegetable stock
Add Latke starter to the mashed potato mix
Dredge in egg whites and bread crumbs
Bake at 400 in olive oil til crisp
Serve with Dill dipping sauce made with Greek Yogurt, dill and chives- chill the sauce while the pancakes are baking

Tandoori Chicken in Lettuce Cups
3 lbs. Chicken Breasts
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup vinegar
4 Tablespoons of Tandoori Spice- found in ethnic grocery stores

Clean and wash chicken with lemon juice and vinegar

Take the 3lbs. of Chicken Breasts and cut them into strips and coat with olive oil, then mix them in Tandoori Spice

In a baking pan bake chicken breasts strips until thoroughly cooked at 350 degrees for 20 min.

Allow chicken to cool, then place the chicken into lettuce cups with dill sauce over them.

Grilled Pita
3 packages of pita bread
Grilled them on a open flame
Cut into triangles

Serve with chicken and the dill sauce.

Champagne Punch
3 bottles of champagne
1 bottle of cranberry juice
1 bottle of pear nectar

Stir make 5 min. before guests arrive serve in champagne flutes, let the holiday season begin!

Cheers to a wonderful Holiday Cocktail Party!!

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