When it comes to winter foods, many of us have our favorite seasonal menu items we typically associate with this time of year. The colder weather of the winter season tends to enhance our cravings for “comfort” foods. These include any of the foods and/or drinks that warm us up when it’s cold outside.
At Chef du Jour Catering, we’ve checked around to find out which winter foods are among the most popular during the colder months. We’ve chosen to share the following 5 “must-haves” for you.
As you start planning what you might serve at your winter event, consider these seasonal menu items:
Seasonal Menu Items: Hors d’oeuvres
Hot Crab Dip
This is probably one of the most popular and favorite appetizers for special occasions. It’s an especially welcome treat in the cold, winter months. Ingredients include a variation of crabmeat, cream cheese, spices, and lemon juice – you’ll find several variations among recipes. Either way, hot crab dips are delicious. Serve with crackers, pita bread, or chips and enjoy!
(You can find a recipe for Hot Crab Dip here)
Seasonal Menu Items: Soups
It’s hard to think of favorite winter foods without including soups. Some soups are hearty enough to be meals themselves, but they’re also great as a pre-meal course.
Chicken Noodle Soup is a classic and traditional soup, making it a good option for your winter event.
(You can find a recipe for Martha Stewart’s Chicken Noodle Soup here)
Seasonal Menu Items: Entrees
A warm hearty beef recipe, such as Beef Bourguignon, will help warm up – and fill up – your guests.
Beef Bourguignon, also called Beef Burgundy…is a stew prepared with beef braised in red wine, traditionally red Burgundy, and beef broth, generally flavored with garlic, onions and a bouquet garni, with pearl onions and mushrooms added towards the end of cooking.
We also include this entrée on our holiday party menu, and it’s a popular choice.
(You can find a recipe for Ina Garten’s Beef Bourguignon here)
Seasonal Menu Items: Side Dishes
Winter produce offers plenty of options for delicious and healthy side dishes for your cold-weather menu. You can prepare your veggies in so many ways. No matter which way you choose (we chose “roasted” as our example), these robust winter vegetables are perfect winter foods.
Roasted winter vegetables
Roasting is a no-fuss way to put a lot of vegetables on the table. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness in fall root veggies and winter squash. Roast them in big batches to top Baked Risotto, and throw them into fall and winter salads.
(You can find a recipe for Roasted Winter Vegetables here)
And last, but certainly not least!
Seasonal Menu Items: Desserts
Chocolate…cookies, cakes, candy…you name it. Chocolate is a favorite for many people, no matter what the season. You will find many chocolate recipes for winter that will easily fit into your seasonal menu.
(You can find a recipe for Chocolate-Caramel Cake with Sea Salt here)
Are you planning a winter event or party in the Portland area? If so, please give us a call. We would be glad to discuss our seasonal menus and any of your catering needs with you.
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