Christmas Open House 

Typical Christmas Open House Buffet

It is important to ensure a selection of hot, cold, meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, along with a  variety of colors, textures, and flavors.  Some examples of our favorite buffet selections are listed below.
Most of our favorite holiday party and baking recipes are included in our Recipe Collection.

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Canapé Buffet Selections  
Entree Buffet Selections
Dessert Buffet Selections

Examples of Canapé Buffet Selections

Vegetarian Canapés

A Cheese And Fruit Tray With Date and Almond Cake, &  Quince Paste (Membrillo)

Mushrooms Stuffed With Sun Dried Tomatoes

Prunes Stuffed With Pickled Walnuts and Cheese

Orange Marinated Dried Apricots Stuffed With Goat Cheese & Pistachios

Citrus Marinated Olives

Ham & Horseradish Stuffed Eggs

Curried Stuffed Eggs

Sugared Figs Stuffed With Almonds

Parmesan Crusted Baby Portabella Mushrooms With a Balsamic Dipping Sauce

Endive Spears With Herbed Goat Cheese

Walnut and Mushroom Pinwheels

Provencal  Palmiers  

Almond  Sherry Stuffed Mushrooms

Baked Brie Cups

Olives Baked in Red Wine

Lemon Basil Dip With Sugar Snap Peas, Red Pepper Strips & Asparagus Spears

Kalamata Caper Tapas

Plum Glazed Stuffed Mushrooms

Beet Dip with Assorted Crudites

Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers

Asiago Cheese & Asparagus Pinwheels

Lemon Tarragon Stuffed Eggs

Stuffed Mushrooms With Sundried Tomatoes

Fingerling Potatoes With Tapenade

Blue Cheese Tartlets

Chanterelle Mushroom Pate

Fig & Walnut Tapenade & Goat Cheese Crostini

Artichoke-Spinach Pinwhels

Rosemary Beet Phyllo Cups

Stuffed Mushroom Puffs

Curried Stuffed Eggs

Warm Olives With Rosemary, Garlic & Lemon

 Watercress & Radish Stuffed Eggs

Spanakopita Tartlets

Pear , Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Crostini

Marinated Italian Olives

Bacon Jam Cheesecake Tartlets

Pastrami Roll-Ups

Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion and Ricotta Crostini

Avocado & Pesto Stuffed Tomatoes

White Chocolate Brie Cups

Orange, Fennel & Garlic Marinated Olives

    Zucchini Casino      Mushroom Caps Stuffed With
     Olives With Herbes de Provence


Seafood Canapés

Thai Shrimp Salad In Crispy Wonton Cups Assortment of Seafood & Vegetable Sushi   Malpeque Oysters with Fennell Coriander Mignonette, Cucumber Mignonette, & Avocado Mousse
Mini Salmon Cakes with Lemon Dill Mayonnaise Roasted Pecan Shrimp Coconut Curry Scallops, Kumquat & Asian Pear Canapés
Smoked Salmon Christmas Trees Mussels Provencal New Potatoes Stuffed with Smoked Salmon & Horseradish
Mussels  in Saffron On The Half-Shell Endive With Smoked Trout & Herbed Cream Cheese  Sea Scallops With Crème Fraiche & Caviar
Deviled Eggs With Smoked Salmon & Green Onions Crab Truffles Smoked Salmon & Herbed Egg Salad Involtini
Bacon Wrapped Scallops With Maple Cream Spicy Shrimp Satay Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese & Asparagus Roulade
Lobster Mousse In Phyllo Cups Mussels In a Spicy Vinaigrette Crab Jicama Seviche On Cucumber
Serrano Wrapped Shrimp With Orange Marmalade Smoked Salmon Mousse Mini Oyster Puffs
Blinis and Herbed Roasted Fingerling Potatoes With Crème Fraiche & Osestra Caviar   Mussels With A Trio Of Garnishes Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
 Crab Truffle  Scallops In Shells Bacon Wrapped Scallops With Maple Cream
Scallops in a Shell Sweet and Spicy Shrimp Assorted Sushi and Sashimi
Spiced Moroccan-Style Shrimp Crab Stuffed Mini Peppers Oysters En Brochette
Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp Warm Crab Stuffed Eggs Endive Spears With Smoked Trout And Herbed Cream Cheese


Meat Canapé

Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Dates Spicy Lamb Kabobs Pepperoni And Asiago Cheese Puff Pastry Pinwheels
Smoked Turkey Bites with a Thai Chili Dipping Sauce Chicken Sate Ham and Emmenthal Cheese Mini Croissants
Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp With Garlic Dipping Sauce Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates Prosciutto & Foie Gras Roll-ups with Fig Compote
Gascon Sushi (Duck Proscuitto Rolls with Fois Gras Mousse) Plum Glazed Stuffed Mushrooms Roasted Persimmons Wrapped In Pancetta
Roast Beef & Boursin Cheese Canapés Roast Dates With Serrano Ham Grilled Asparagus Wrapped In Pancetta With Citronette
Deviled Smoked Cocktail Sausages With Chutney And Lime Dipping Sauce Roast Beef Canapes Mini Tortillas With Chorizo Salsa
Prosciutto & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms Monte Cristo Mini Tarts Roast Beef & Watercress Involitini
Thai Beef Salad In Cucumber Cups Pate & Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms Ham & Horseradish Stuffed Eggs
Roast Beef Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes Simmered Smoked Links Serrano Ham, Goat Cheese and Spinach Spirals
Bacon Jam Cheesecake Tartlets Pastrami Roll-Ups Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion and Ricotta Crostini
Roast Beef & Arugula Crostini With Olive-Red Pepper Relish Fig And Serrano Ham Rolls Charcuterie Cones

Entree Buffet Selections

Again ensure no guest goes hungry with a selection of meat, seafood, vegetarian, hot, cold, colors, and textures.  Some of our favorite selections include:


Seafood Entrees
Red Snapper Roasted With Fennel & Brad Crumbs Lobster Bread Pudding With Vanilla Sauce Chilled Poached Whole Wild Salmon with Lemon Dill Mayonnaise
Chilled Poached Whole Red Snapper with Mango Chutney Spiced Salmon Gravlax With Honeyed Mustard Sauce Cold Mussel Salad Mexican Style
Whole Roasted Salmon With Cucumber Caper Sauce Lobster Macaroni & Cheese Slow Roasted Chipotle Salmon
Roasted Salmon With Sesame & Orange Ginger Relish Herbed Stuffed Roasted Artic Char Lobster Mac And Cheese
Whole Roasted Salt Encrusted Tile Fish with Salsa Verde Greek Stuffed Whole Red Snapper with Tomato Coulis Baked Salmon With Cranberry Thyme Crust
Vegetarian Entrees
Butternut Squash & Hazelnut Lasagna Wild Mushroom Lasagna Lobster Cheesecake With Christmas Caviar Sauce
Autumn Vegetable Lasagna Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding Wild Mushroom & Asparagus Risotto
Asparagus & Parmesan Pudding Corn & Chive Pudding Double Cheese Scalloped Potatoes
Spicy Marinated Olives Parmesan Creole Cheese Twists Roasted Fennel & Onions With Green Haricot Verts
Wild Mushroom Tart Three Cheese Scalloped Potatoes Wild Mushroom & Gruyere Tart
Maple Glazed Winter Vegetables      Potato, Spinach & Feta Gratin Artichoke Bread Pudding
Sweet Roasted Vegetables With Rosemary

Puff Pastry Tomato Tart

Baked Cauliflower & 4 Cheese Pasta
Parmesan Custard Tart With Butternut Squash Artisanal Mac & Cheese Baked Ziti With Wild Mushrooms, Peppers & Parmesan
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts With Pistachios Brussel Sprouts With Toasted Hazelnut Butter Caramelized Onion, Apple & Brie Tart
Brown Sugar Butternut Squash Tart Mediterranean Vegetable Lasagna Brussels Sprouts With Pancetta & Pearl Onions  
Pasticho (Venezualan Lasagna) Leek, Potato and Cheese Tart Zucchini Gruyere Tart
Diane's Primavera Casserole Roasted Beet, Haricot Verts and 4 Cheese Pizza Zucchini Tart
Autumn Salad with Persimmons, Pears and Grapes Winter Panzanella Salad with Apple Dressing Sicilian Brussel Sprouts
Vegetarian Chili  Vegetable Tart Tatin Mushroom And Fontina Strata


Meat Entrees

Cold Pate Of Pork and Veal With Pistachios And Black Forest Ham Chunks Black Bean Chicken Chili   Venison Braised In Red wine And Juniper Berries
Baked Ham With Marmalade-Horseradish Glaze And Cranberry Mustard  Stroganoff Meatballs Beef Brisket With Portobello Mushrooms And Dried Cranberries
Roasted Fennel and Prosciutto Pizza Beef Bourguignon

Tom’s Famous Meatballs Italiano

Penne With Eggplant, Olives, Spicy Sausage & Fontina Cheese Roast Smoked Ham with Espresso Chili Glaze Braised Short Ribs With Red Wine Gravy
Buffet Salads
Green Bean & Radish Salad With Walnut Vinaigrette Autumn Vegetable Succotash Pomegranate, Persimmon & Kiwi Salad With Yogurt Dressing
Holiday Spinach Salad With Grapefruit, Persimmons & Pomegranate Seeds Three Potato Salad Fennel, Roasted Beet & Watercress Layer Salad
Tropical Fruit Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing Citrus Salad With Mint Sugar Mango and Blueberry Salad With Lime Ginger Sauce
Sautéed Cucumbers With Prosciutto & Cream Sugar Snap Pea & Cucumber Salad Red And Green Cabbage, Apple & Radish Slaw
Beet Salad With Avocado, Fennel & Red Onion

Citrus Salad With Mint & Ginger Yogurt

Fennel & Watercress Salad With Cranberries And Pecans
Melon Salad with Mint & Ginger Syrup Winter Fruit Salad  Bell Pepper Salad With Cucumber, Red Onion & Green Apples
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash and Apples Spinach Salad With Dried Cranberries, Walnuts and Pomegranate Vinaigrette Tangy Poppy Seed Fruit Salad
Roasted Beet Salad With Orange Dressing Fruit Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing Cucumber, Tomato And Feta Salad

Dessert Buffet Selections

The rule of the house at holiday parties is that all guests go home with a plate of goodies.  We do rather extensive baking for the holidays just for this reason.  Our dessert buffet always includes a variety of sweet breads and holiday cookies.   The dessert buffet also needs to appeal to all tastes; so again make sure you have different colors (e.g., not all brown cookies), a variety of flavors and textures.   Some examples of our selections are below.

Sweet Bread Selections
European Nut & Poppy Seed Filled Yeast Breads Gingered Pear & Currant Bread Cherry Banana Bread
Pumpkin Nut Bread Cranberry Lemon Bread Cranberry Double Nut Bread
Tropical Banana Bread Sour Cherry Almond Bread Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Coconut Macadamia Banana Bread Squash Cardamom Bread Pumpkin & Dried Cranberry Bread
Cranberry Eaton Bread Applesauce Bread  Pear Bread With Vanilla & Ginger


2015 Christmas Cookie And Confections List

Almond Crescents

Anise Pillows Bullets

Candied Fruit

Cardamom Butter Squares

Cherry Almond Oatmeal

Cherry Pistachio Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chunk,  Orange & Hazelnut

Chocolate Nut Clouds

Christmas Rocks

Cranberry Orange Drop

Cream Cheese Cut Out

Cream Cheese Spritz

Death By White Chocolate

Double Chocolate Treasures Double Ginger Maple Macadamia Ginger Pecan Snowballs 

Hazelnut Sandies

Lemon Coconut

Lemon Poppy Seed

Lemon Rosemary Christmas Trees

Lime Icebox

Nutty Date Squares

Oatmeal Icebox

Peanut Butter

Pistachio Cherry Icebox

Pine Almond Pistachio Cranberry Mexican Wedding Cakes Pretzel, Peanut & Chocolate Chunk
Sesame Seed Pillows

Super Chuck Jumbles

Tropical Jumbles

Vanilla Star Anise Crescents Yellow Lemon Cookies

Cinnamon Pecans

Dark Chocolate  Cherry & Pecan Bark

Dark Chocolate Pomegranate & Candied Ginger Bark

White Chocolate Peppermint & Candy Cane Christmas Bark