What a weekend it was for us! We kicked off Hanukkah on Friday night (a day early) by joining other families at our temple for a dinner before the service. From there, it was prepping on Saturday for our family party to celebrate the 1st night of Hanukkah!
I always plan to have the family party on a Saturday during the holiday so that I can have as much time as possible to plan, shop and prep the food. With it coming a couple of weeks after Thanksgiving this year, there was less time to plan, but that didn't bother me.
This month, as a #HormelFamily blogger, we were asked to share some easy entertaining tips and what we do to make it easy and enjoyable... even for the host/hostess. It should be fun for everyone, including those hosting the get-together!
For this holiday, we've decided that we prefer to do a lot of appetizers, something a little more substantial (insert Fried Turkey here... wasn't in the original plan, but since we have the fryer and My Husband was really wanting to fry up another one, it was added to the menu!), and some desserts to pick at toward the end of the evening.
Rather than try to do everything myself, when family members asked if they could bring something... I said "yes!" I left the choices up to them, but told them it should be appetizers or even a dessert. We were rewarded with a table full of tasty bites!
Since it was Hanukkah, I had to make latkes! My Father-in-Law, said this year's were the best so far - even though I can't figure out how I made them differently... they did disappear very quickly!
When it comes to appetizers, I like to have a combination of cheeses, sliced pepperoni, fresh veggies and dips for everyone to pick at while we chat and enjoy some time together.
Appetizers don't have to be complicated to be enjoyed. You also don't have to spend the whole day preparing them. To save time, you can even purchase pre-packaged crudites and a dip seasoning packet that simply requires sour cream and mayonnaise that can be made a day ahead of time.
You should also check out the Hormel Foods Recipes website for appetizer ideas. I saw quite a few ideas that got me thinking about hot appetizers to share... but, I kept thinking about this Pepperoni Bread that I had at a friend's house some time ago.
I couldn't remember the exact instructions, so I threw it together based on what I could remember and what I knew we would enjoy. This is so easy and is always a crowd pleaser!
Just look at those layers of bread with pepperoni and mozzarella cheese... soooooo, good!
I'd love to hear your entertaining challenges or tips! Please share in comments!
- pizza crust dough (I used a pre-made dough to save time)
- 2-3 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 20-25 slices Hormel Original Pepperoni
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out pizza dough into a rectangle, then sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
- Evenly place all of the pepperoni on top of the seasoning and then sprinkle the mozzarella on top.
- Carefully, roll up the dough - from the shorter side - and place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
- Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning to the melted butter and brush over the top of the loaf.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly, and slice into 1/2 inch pieces and serve warm. Also, nice if served with your favorite pizza sauce.
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