Two Hors d’oeuvres suggestions for your Holiday Party.
I’ve been offering these two hors d’oeuvres featured today, as part of the full appetizer offering at my parties for nearly a decade. It’s the rave reviews from my guests that have earned these recipes top billing in my personal recipe file.
First up: Marmalade Muffins with Smoked Ham
These little gems absolutely melt in your mouth. Fresh squeezed orange juice spooned over tiny muffins fresh out of the oven helps to keep them moist with a subtle flavor of orange. Thin layers of orange marmalade, smoked ham and whole grain mustard are sandwiched inside a fresh muffin topped with shimmering sugar.
1 c sugar
In the bowl of a cuisinart mixer pulse raisins and orange zest until it’s ground and worked together. Remove mixture from bowl and set aside.
Wipe out work bowl and place softened butter and eggs and cream until smooth.
Return raisin and zest mixture to creamed butter and sugar mixture in work bowl and pulse to combine.
Add baking soda to the buttermilk.
Add flour and salt mixture alternately with buttermilk to butter mixture until well mixed.
Bake for 12 minutes; until golden brown.
Turn muffins out of pan after 5 minutes.
Let muffins cool completely.
Spread a thin layer of orange marmalade over muffin bottom. Over this, place 4 pieces of ham and spread a small amount of whole grain mustard over all. Place muffin top back on and press gently.
Next up: Mango Chutney Cream Cheese Spread
As a young married woman, I was at a Christmas Party with my husband when I first tasted this wonderful appetizer. The hostess was a Southern lady and this hors d’oeuvre is southern fare. The ingredients seem unlikely to work together, but trust me they do.
2 packages of cream cheese, softened