‘Tis the season for parties and without fail, you’ll be cooking for some of them. Whether it’s an event you’re hosting in your home or a potluck with friends, December is a time for showing off what you can do in the kitchen. If you’re looking for some holiday appetizer inspiration, look no further – here are a few favourites from the VG Meats team.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
While not a traditional holiday appetizer, this tasty dip is always a crowd-pleaser. Start with VG Meats chicken breasts that have been baked with a small amount of salt and pepper. Shred the chicken using two forks and follow this simple recipe to create the dip. Remember, when you’re buying your VG Meats chicken breasts, you can also grab some local cheese from our retail shop! We love this served with tortilla chips, celery sticks or a fresh baguette.
When you are planning to do a dish like this, we suggest you buy a cut that is lean and thick. In addition to the directions from recipe we’re sharing, we recommend that you chill the beef in the freezer for about an hour and then sear it in a pan (straight from the freezer) with pre-heated oil. When doing this, you just looking to colour all the outside surfaces of the beef. Once you are done you can chill it again until just before you are ready to mix and serve. To prep the meat, you need to cut the browned sides off and then mince the beef with a good knife. Feel free to bring your knife into our retail to get it sharpened – this will make kitchen work much more enjoyable!
This great recipe incorporates the flavours of dijon mustard, chili flakes and fresh parsley to create a restaurant-worthy dish. Make sure to prepare your tartare in a clean environment and serve it fresh. Want to really impress? Grab some hors d’oeuvre spoons for an upscale, festive presentation.
Everyone loves a stuffed mushroom, and this recipe is no exception. These bite-sized apps are rich, savoury and full of flavour. Go ahead and try to eat just one – it’s nearly impossible! We know your friends will agree. Try making these with our delicious Farmer Sausage or our Mild Pork Sausage. If you’ve got dietary restrictions, ask us what we have that meets your needs- for example, we’ve got gluten-free sausage options.
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