I went to a Holiday Appetizers program at my library this week and learned some great tips. Let me share them:
- When baking preheat the oven 50º higher than the oven says and then after your dish has been in the oven 10 minutes reset the temperature to the specified one. This counters the cold that gets into the oven when you’ve opened the door.
- When baking a pie, it’s better to bake it on a jelly roll pan turned upside down.
- Sunflower oil (80%) with extra virgin olive oil is better to cook with as it’s got a higher smoke point.
- Don’t have guests bring appetizers as they may arrive late. Let them bring dessert.
- The teacher suggested not serving appetizers first. She serves the meal 15 minutes after the start time, then people have time to talk or play games and after awhile have appetizers followed by dessert. (She seems big on games and activities.)
- To avoid leaving platters at other hostesses homes, she either brings a white platter with an engraving on the back to give as a hostess gift or she brings her food in disposable packaging and borrows a platter or pan or from the hostess to use. That way she’s never in the midst of her own entertaining and realizing her platters or serving dishes are missing.
- Before adding spices to a recipe, mix them with lemon juice or oil (that’s required by the recipe) to “wake them up.”