Even if I don't prepare the menu on the BIG day that doesn't mean that I don't do my share of holiday entertaining. The holidays are here and as much as I love being in my domain Presidents Choice wants to get you out of the kitchen and into the party so you can enjoy your time with friends and family this holiday season. They have literally hundreds of ways to help you entertain, including everything from hors d'oeuvres to delicious desserts to ring in the festivities in style.
Every year my friends and I kick off the holiday season with a trip to our local Art Knapps to gawk at all of the stunningly decorated Christmas trees. This year we started a new tradition which involved a taste testing of a wide variety of Presidents Choice products. The company has been very generous and offered us many of their new products to try. First we tried their Rotisserie Style Chicken Wings. Those of you who love the slow-roasted flavour and tenderness of a rotisserie chicken will agree these are tender little morsels. They skipped the sauce so they cook up incredibly crisp and flavourful. I added a dip of my choice for that extra flavour.
**Blue Cheese Dip**
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients; chill for an hour or two. Serve as a dip for the rotisserie wings. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of blue cheese dip.
Also included was their hors d'oeuvres collection which has something for everyone. Each one of the 40 pieces in the package is made with classic French-style puff pastry and filled with premium ingredients. The package include Chicken Sausage Rolls; Swiss Gruyere and Smoked Ham Boats; Roasted Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Rolls; and Apple, Smoked Gouda and Caramelized Onion Lattice Rolls. I am a sucker for goat cheese so would have to say the Sweet Potato was my personal favourite.
Our next sample was a Smoked Wild Albacore Tuna. It is made with a light delicate wild albacore tuna which is then smoked using three types of aromatic wood chips. This created a delicate smoky flavour that did not overpower the natural flavour of the tuna itself. It is a nice change of pace from smoked salmon. They also offer a new taste sensation with Vodka Beet Smoked Atlantic Salmon which is cured in salt and brown sugar mixture then coated in a tasty red beet rub before being smoked and infused with premium vodka. The ruby red colour makes it perfect for your holiday tray. I sliced the smoked tuna thinly and created rosettes to garnish crackers from their Cracker Collection. The box is huge so eliminates having to head off to your local store to stock up more than once!!!We even received a gift card to choose any product from Presidents Choice we would like to round out our holiday party menu. I chose a tray of 4 dips to serve on the crackers for $7.00 including Red Pepper Dip, Tzatziki, Spinach Dip and Hummus.
But the overall favourite pictured above was the Souffle!!! They have premeasured portions so you can create full size or individual miniature souffles. Just bake your light and airy masterpiece filled with Emmental cheese or smoked salmon and dill for the perfect hors d'oeuvres or starter to a meal.
By this time our hunger was satiated but who can't resist a nice dessert. On their commercials I was presented with something that really appealed so imagine my excitement when it showed up in dry ice!!! What was I looking forward to so much ? Red Velvet Cheesecake!!!This is a Southern treat reinvented!!! Famously served at the New York's Walforf-Astoria Hotel in the 1920's this cheesecake version did not disappoint. It has a chocolate cookie crumb crust topped with creamy cheesecake surrounded by moist red velvety cake, all frosted with luscious cream cheese icing. It serves 6.
If you still have room...how about an assortment of chocolates from Gourmet Belgian to chocolate covered fruit fancies to a boost of dark chocolate studded with dried cranberries and crunchy roasted almonds.
The issue with Blogger and photos has still not been resolved so I have included photos that were luckily added before my free service was dissolved and my photos had reached their capacity. I must sincerely apologize to Presidents Choice and Hill and Knowlton for not being able to post photos of each individual product and display them as I would wish. I sincerely hope that you come away from this post realizing that your entertaining needs can be met with flair when you let Presidents Choice into your life.
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