30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Wolfgang Puck's Holiday D.I.Y. Appetizers
One of the standouts served at every A-list wedding and event (not to mention, a favorite at the Governors Ball) are Puck's blinis. Build your own blini station – great for Hanukkah, New Year’s or any occasion. Here's how:
Gather a few pre-made "base" selections and let your guests enjoy:
-Sweet potato or regular potato pancakes (latkes).
-Root vegetable (parsnip/beet/celery root) pancakes.
-Classic blinis (Puck's recipe includes a little lemon zest).
-Topping options: smoked salmon, smoked sturgeon, apple compote.
-Condiments: crème fraîche, dill, chives, caviar, minced shallot.
"We served a summer variation of this at the HBO Emmy celebration," says Puck of the lemon preserve and fresh berries concoction he prepared. Here's how you can make your own Pie in a Jar treats for guests to make and eat at your holiday party.
How It Works: Guests fill an 8 oz. Ball jar with layers of flavor and texture to make a personalized seasonal dessert.
What to Prepare: Gather a selection of the following...
-“Pastry” layers: graham cracker crumbs, chocolate cookie crumbs, pie dough pieces, chocolate and vanilla pound cake cubes and gingerbread. -Flavor” layers available: seasonal berries, apple compote, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding, lemon curd, whipped cream and pumpkin crème. -Garnishes: chocolate covered pretzels, gingersnaps and tiny marshmallows.
Build a few combinations as examples before guests arrive.
For more information and ideas, visit wolfgangpuck.com.