Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Reindeer Bar Returns

Rudolph and a few of his friends are ready for a "night on the town". Back by popular demand a stop at the
Reindeer Food Bar
Taco Bar serving your favorite toppings with hard or soft shells
Grinch Bar

Pomegranate Sparklers

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine, such as Prosecco, Asti Spumante, or brut champagne, chilled
  • In a bowl place pomegranate seeds and enough brandy to cover. Cover; let stand at room temperature for 4 hours and drain.
  • For each Sparkler, pour 5 oz. sparkling wine into a champagne glass. Add a few brandied seeds. Makes 5 servings.

Hot Scarlet Wine Punch
  • 2 inches stick cinnamon, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1- 32 oz. bottle cranberry juice (4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
  • 1 750 milliliter bottle white Zinfandel or dry white wine
  • For spice bag, cut a double thickness of 100%-cotton cheesecloth into a 6-inch square. Place cinnamon and cloves in center of cheesecloth square. Bring up corners of cheesecloth and tie closed with clean 100%-cotton kitchen string.
  • In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine spice bag, cranberry juice, and brown sugar.
  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove spice bag.
  • If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir wine into mixture in cooker. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more.
  • Serve immediately or cover and keep warm on warm setting or low-heat setting for up to 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Cranberry Kir Royale
Cook' notes: Recipe from
For each drink combine 1 oz. cranberry juice and 1/2 oz. creme de cassis in a flute type glass. Add a cranberry and top with champagne.

Seasonal Plate (food column) made a stop at the reindeer bar and dropped off several food items including recipes. 

Oh, Deer, Cheese Rudolphs
Cook’s note: A super fun easy appetizer from Laughing Cow that’s kid friendly too. Note there are similar products that can be used besides Laughing Cow wedges.

Ingredients: For each reindeer you will need a cheese wedge, 2 twisted pretzels for the antlers, a small piece of olive for the nose and 2 peppercorns for the eyes. 
  • Place one pretzel on either side of the cheese wedge. 
  • Add peppercorns for the eyes and small piece of olive for the nose. 
Guacamole Pita Christmas Trees
Ingredients: You will need one container prepared guacamole (12 oz.) mixed with ¼ cup light sour cream, pita bread, an assorted package of red, green and yellow sweet mini peppers, pretzel sticks. 
  • Cut out triangle shapes for the Christmas trees. Spread each tree with the guacamole/sour cream mixture. 
  • Use 3 different colors of small pepper pieces to decorate the tree. A star can be cut out of a yellow pepper. 
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
Cook’s note: Turn frozen puff pastry into a batch of cheese straws. This recipe makes 36 five-inch straws. You can make ahead, refrigerate and then bake.
Ingredients: You will need 1 box frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed but still cold, flour for dusting, 1 large egg, 1-1/4 cups grated sharp cheddar, white cheddar or Gruyere cheese, ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, Kosher salt and pepper.

  • Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface. Beat the egg with 1 TB. water and brush both pastry sheets. Reserve remaining egg wash.
  • Combine both cheeses with ¼ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. pepper. 
  • Sprinkle cheese mixture over 1 pastry sheet. Cover this with second pastry sheet placing the egg washed surface onto the cheese. Line up edges and lightly dust pastry with flour. Roll out to a 10 x 12 rectangle. 
  • Line a rimmed sheet with parchment paper. Carefully move pastry onto parchment paper. Cut puff pastry rectangle in half lengthwise then cut each half crosswise into 18 strips. 
  • Twist each strip a few times and arrange on baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with mixed herbs e.g. rosemary, thyme, parsley flakes and grate more Parmesan cheese on top. 
  • Refrigerate at least 20 minutes or up to 8 hours. 
  • Bake 375 degrees about 25 minutes until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and serve immediately. 
Chocolate Blitzen
Ingredients: For 1 drink you will need ½ cup coffee flavored ice cream, 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. coffee liqueur, ½ oz. crème de cacao, ½ cup crushed ice, optional chocolate-covered coffee beans

  • Crush ice in blender. Add to ice cream, vodka, coffee liqueur. cream de cacao. 
  • Blend until smooth. 
  • Garnish with coarsely chopped chocolate covered coffee beans. 
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