Help Yourself! A Holiday Buffet Menu

Entertaining couldn't be simpler with this festive make-ahead spread that lets you kick back and celebrate. Cheese and wine pairings included!


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Sausage and Sage Arancini (Risotto Balls)

Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls
Makes 24
Prep 30 m
Cook 37 m
Chill 60 m
Fry 3 m
Fry per batch

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Crostini: Roasted Grapes with Ricotta

Roasted Grapes with Ricotta
Makes 24
Prep 20 m
Bake 50 m

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Crostini: Kale with Harissa

Kale with Harissa
Makes 24
Prep 20 m

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Crostini: White Bean and Prosciutto

White Bean and Prosciutto
Makes 24
Prep 20 m
Bake 18 m

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"Everything" Salmon Bites

“Everything” Salmon Bites
Makes 24
Prep 25 m

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Mini Manhattan Crab Chowders

Mini Manhattan Crab Chowders
Makes 24
Prep 15 m
Cook 19 m

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Burrata with Arugula Pesto

Burrata with Arugula Pesto
Makes 12
Prep 15 m

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Maple Old-Fashioned

Maple Old-Fashioned
Prep 5 m

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Rosemary Gin Fizz

Rosemary Gin Fizz
Makes 1
Prep 5 m

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Holiday Glogg

Holiday Glogg
Makes 14
Prep 10 m
Steep 60 m

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Pork and Cherry-Ancho Sauce

Pork & Cherry-Ancho Sauce
Makes 12
Prep 20 m
Cook 3 m
Roast 65 m
Stand 15 m

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Red Rice and Lentils

Red Rice & Lentils
Makes 12
Prep 10 m
Cook 15 m

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Snap Pea Salad

Snap Pea Salad
Makes 12
Prep 15 m
Cook 4 m

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Shrimp with Two Sauces

Shrimp with Two Sauces
Makes 12
Prep 15 m
Cool 60 m

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Poppy-Sesame Party Loaves

Poppy-Sesame Party Loaves
Makes 24
Prep 20 m
Rise 150 m
Bake 30 - 35 m

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Say Cheese!

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Complement our party-perfect selections with figs, nuts, honey, crackers, or our Poppy-Sesame Party Loaves (on previous slide).

Cabot Private Stock Cheddar

Extra sharp, smooth, clean-flavored cheddar. Aged 16 months. $8.50 per pound


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Moody Blue (Emmi Roth Kase)

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Creamy blue from Wisconsin. Subtle smoky undertones, reminiscent of roasted nuts and coffee. $13.99 per pound


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Garcia Baquero Gran Maestre Manchego

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Hard-pressed sheep's milk cheese from La Mancha region of Spain. Distinctive piquant-nutty flavor with just a hint of salt. $14 to $16 per pound


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Purple Haze (Cypress Grove Chevre)

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Award-winning goat cheese from California. Sweetness of lavender and fennel are good counterpoints to the natural acidity. $8.99 (5-ounce package)


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Jarlsberg

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Semisoft cow's milk cheese that has a mild, nutty taste and creamy texture. $7 to $9 per pound


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Woolwich Dairy's Triple Cream Goat Brie

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Luscious and buttery with a delicate earthy flavor (think mushrooms). $7 to $9 (6.5-ounce package)


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Wine Pairing: Woodbridge Brut Sparkling

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Fresh citrus notes accented by soft yeast characteristics with flavors of green apple and lemon. Enjoy as an aperitif or with boldly flavored foods. $10


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Wine Pairing: Blufeld

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Medium-sweet Riesling with pleasant citrus and peach aromas. Mildly acidic; pairs particularly well with spicy foods, shellfish, and salads. $11


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Wine Pairing: Michele Chiarlo Barbera d'Asti Le Orme

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Succulent red wine with underlying crisp acidity and soft tannins. Ripe plum and strawberry flavors. Nice choice for strong cheeses. $15

Originally published in the December 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.