For a holiday party with plenty of pizzazz-but not a lot of expense-focus the spotlight on one signature dish as your centerpiece.
For example, shrimp can make a big impression, especially when you consider this example of simple, at-home cooking, the gourmet way. In less than 15 minutes, this recipe is ready to serve and wow your guests.
Merry Shrimp Martinis
Makes: 6 appetizer servings
2 (12-oz) packages SeaPak(r) Shrimp Scampi, frozen
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomato
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons hot sauce
Garlic Crostini (recipe below)
Preheat large skillet 1-2 minutes on medium-high heat. Preheat oven to 400 . Place shrimp in skillet and saut for 7 minutes. Pour off 1⁄2 cup of scampi butter and reserve. Add tomatoes, lemon zest, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce to skillet. Stir. Bring to a simmer. Portion shrimp into serving dishes. Garnish with celery sprigs and Crostini.
Reserved scampi butter
Bread slices (such as thinly sliced ciabatta bread)
Brush reserved scampi butter on bread slices. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Once you have your showpiece dish, you can then fill in the party with other more-simple dishes such as a fruit and cheese tray, a simple dip and a dessert platter.