This holiday season, while relaxing by the fire in the company of loved ones, the key to keeping family and friends smiling with contentment is to incorporate an unexpected ingredient into traditional holiday recipes.
“Hosts needn’t break the budget to impress,” says Carissa Albergaria, Culinary Manager at Dave’s Coffee® in Rhode Island. “Instead of going overboard with food and beverage, get creative in the kitchen. New products like our coffee syrup make it easy to add instant flare – and a secret ingredient – to any recipe. This will keep the guests curious and festivities alive.”
Albergaria offers these simple steps to ready hosts for a season of easy entertaining:
Cozy up with the Kids: Enlist the help of kids to get in the holiday spirit. Prepare recipe ingredients beforehand and ready the kitchen area with all the necessary utensils. Then invite the children to join a team effort in preparation – and to sample the smorgasbord of treats afterwards.
Vary the Veggies: We all know that vegetables aren’t always a crowd pleaser, especially for finicky guests. Surprise the palette with a twist on the classic root vegetable with Caramelized Coffee Syrup Carrots and Candied Yams.
Flavor the Fruit: While it may be common to use canned fruits and vegetables during the holidays, this year mix it up with fresh fruit. Use Dave’s Madagascar Vanilla Coffee Syrup to create Roasted Pears – an overwhelming favorite as a side dish or dessert.
Delight after Dinner: Once the main course is complete, use Dave’s Original Coffee Syrup to whip up magical after-dinner delights that feature Frangelico® or Godiva ® Chocolate Liqueur. Cater to the crowd by offering a warm adult cocktail and another on the rocks. Get recipe inspiration here.
Create a Quiet Corner: For elderly guests that want a break from conversation or a mother with a small child, a quiet corner away from the action can be a welcome oasis. Create a coffee station with comfortable chairs, a hot carafe of coffee and relaxing music.
Overall, it is important to have fun in the kitchen and enjoy curating an inspirational twist on tried-and-true tastes of past holidays, noted Albergaria. Get recipe details and more festive food inspiration online at: www.davescoffeesyrup.com.