30 Days of Giving & Receiving: Wolfgang Puck’s Holiday D.I.Y. Appetizers

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No one’s prepared more tasty treats for the stars than Wolfgang Puck. L.A.’s most famous chef is responsible for whipping up more than 50 dishes for the Governors Ball each year, including one-bite hors d’oeuvres and small-plate entrees. To honor our 30 Days of Giving & ReceivingCelebuzz got some tips from Puck for serving up the best bites for a holiday soiree.


Puck’s Hollywood-Style Holiday Entertaining Ideas

Blini Station

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.


Pie in a Jar

“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.

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