I swear, December is like the Friday of the months or something. I always end up looking forward to it not because I love Christmas (I don’t) but because I LOVE entertaining during the holiday season. My friends are always around during this time of year and I look for any excuse to get together and celebrate…usually over food of some type.
Let’s be real while we’re on the subject, food is my favorite past-time. I mean hello, I talk all about it in this post here…and here…and here. I like to cook, and my friends LOVE to eat. Nothing is better than getting together with people that you potentially haven’t seen all year (if you’re like me, my friends all separated and moved across the country a couple years ago) and enjoying each other’s company with amazing appetizers and cocktails.
How yum does this Kings spread look?
In the spirit of entertaining, I’ve got one dish up my sleeve that was inspired from a spread created by Kings Food Market believe it or not, that’s perfect for any crowd of people you might be entertaining for the night. Oh, and for those times where you literally don’t have enough hours in a day to make everything from scratch, Kings has awesome ready-to-eat foods that are perfect for any party. I’m definitely going to be complimenting my little get-togethers with some of the delicious stuff they make fresh every day, and amping it up so my friends have no idea.
It’ll be our little secret.
These shot glass salads are a great way to entertain because a) everyone has shot glasses laying around and b) they’re super portable without being messy. I’ve included the recipe to my FAVORITE cold salad ever that looks amazing dished up in cute little shot glasses. Just pop in a few tiny spoons that you can grab from the dollar store and you’ve got yourself a chic looking appetizer with minimal effort.
What You’ll Need:
1 Container of Button/Shiitake/ Cremini/ Whatever kind of Mushrooms
1 Box of Pasta (any shape)
1 Fat Garlic Clove
Romano Cheese (the real stuff please, not from a can)
Salt & Pepper
1. Start by slicing up your mushrooms (if you didn’t buy them pre-sliced, go you) and mincing your garlic into fine pieces
2. Boil and cook your pasta according to package directions, drain well
3. In the now-empty pasta pot, add in about 2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil and heat over medium high heat
4. Once hot, add in your mushrooms and sautee well until they start to shine, probably 8ish minutes. Season well with salt and pepper
5. Add in your garlic and continue to sautee for another two minutes
6. Add back in the now-drained pasta and stir well to combine
Spoon the mixture into your containers of choice, be it shot glasses or I found these cute little mini-mason jar doohickies that worked really well too. Top with freshly shaved quality Romano cheese and fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy!