Holiday Appetizers Made Easy by Chef DeJuan
The word “holiday” is a noun or verb. As a noun, it is defined as “a day of festivity or celebration when no work is done.” Can you imagine that during the holidays, one could really get by without doing any work? I know from experience that lots of work is being done to ensure plenty of days of festivity.
As a culinary professional, the holidays are often the busiest time of the year; therefore, as a husband and father, I struggle with contributing to the family celebrations. However, my wife implores me to do more than just put the angel on top of the Christmas tree, so I try to engage more.
Family members and friends often ask mehow can they prepare celebration-worthy dishes and still enjoy the holidays? I tell them, ‘You can do it, you just have to focus and prepare.’ A painter will tell you that you need to spend two times longer taping than painting. In the kitchen, we call it “Mise en place.” It’s a French term that means, “putting in place.” It is all about preparing, organizing and getting your things and equipment in order.
During the holidays, when things are hectic and you want to make sure everything is perfect, getting organized is the best thing you can do to ensure your holiday dishes look, like the picture on Pinterest, or taste like a professional chef was standing right there with you.
I am going to share with you a few recipes and ways you can get your “Mise en place,” so you can actually enjoy the holiday season, with just a little work.
So, let’s start with an easy appetizer that makes you ready for Master Chef. It is one of my go to recipes for parties. Salmon grilled cheese with tomato soup. The smoked salmon and Boursin cheese combination is great addition to any celebration, and the soup you can make in six minutes. A great presentation idea would be to cut your sandwiches into triangles and serve them with a shot of your tomato soup.
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Chef DeJuan Roy is a Food Network winning executive chef with over two decades of experience. DeJuan has presided over five-star kitchens, NFL catering services, and historic venues, most recently the Alhambra Dinner Theater in Jacksonville. He hopes to share his passion for fine dining and healthy eating since he firmly believes food nourishes body, mind and soul. He is married with two children and lives in historic Springfield in Jacksonville, Florida.