As you may know, my favorite recipes are those that are low effort, high impact.
Particularly during the holiday season, when we are busy making our lists and checking them twice, this kind of recipe can be the answer to the pot-luck holiday party challenge.
First up, Pomegranate Mimosas. Perfect for a ladies lunch or Christmas morning, this light and lovely beverage is a nice variation on the traditional champagne cocktail.
- 2 cups of pure pomegranate juice (like Pom Wonderful)
- 1 cup of pulp-free orange juice
- 1/2 cup of Cointreau (orange flavored liqueur)
- Bottle of your favorite Champagne
- Pomegranate arils for garnish
Mix together the first three ingredients. Be sure to keep this mixture and the Champagne ice-cold.
When you are ready to serve, sprinkle some pomegranate arils in the bottom of the Champagne glass (you can use a Champagne flute or beautiful vintage Champagne glasses as seen in the photo).
Pour some of the mixture and some champagne over the arils (I start with a 50/50 ratio then adjust based on people’s preferences) and enjoy!
I brought this to a luncheon at my pal Woody’s house which was beautifully decorated for the holidays complete with a Christmas village including this.
Well done, Woody and Mr. Woody!
Sometimes I think “healthy” and “delicious” are oxymorons when it comes to recipes. That is not the case, my friends, with this gem.
All credit for this low effort, high impact appetizer recipe goes to my friend, Clare.
Clare’s Corn Avocado Salsa
- 3 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar (be sure to use white balsamic or the finished product won’t be as pretty)
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1 can of white corn, drained
- 3 avocados, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 cup of onion (use a red onion is you like a little kick, or yellow onion if not)
Mix the first four ingredients then add to the bottom three ingredients. Serve with tortilla chips.
Pretty simple, eh?
The only tricky part of this recipe is keeping the chopped avocados from turning brownish. Clare recommends tossing the corn and onion then adding a little of the dressing as you add each avocado.
Be sure to put a tight seal of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the dip to keep air away from the avocado until serving. But, honestly, this salsa will be gobbled up so fast the avocados won’t have time to transform.
There you have it. A couple of easy-peasy recipes to share with friends and family. Cheers!
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