What's the Deal: Preparing holiday party food


Dining Diva Molly Fowler says the easiest and least expensive way to feed a group of people is to serve dips.

"You want some kind of 'wow' things on your table, but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult," she said.

Instead of paying premium for prepared platters and hors d'oeuvres; make your own and save big! Molly's curry dip is as easy as pressing 'start' on your blender or food processor.

Throw in some cream cheese, mango chutney, sliced green onions, curry powder, cayenne pepper and cilantro. Coconut is optional.

"Shape it into little ovals to make it look like pine cones then pop them into the fridge and let them firm up a little bit," she said.

Use whole almonds to make it look like a pinecone. Garnish with fresh rosemary and serve with crackers. Forget those store-bought veggie trays – check out Molly's singe serving veggies. It's just mayo blended with sour cream, green onion, fresh or dried dill and celery salt.

"It's great because the flavors improve as it sits and you can make this 2-3 days in advance," she said.

She scoops individual servings into these dollar store votives – they were 4 for $1! Save even more by cutting the veggies yourself.

"We have cold things already know we need to have something hot," she said.

We're going to make prosciutto palmiers. It's sounds difficult, but it's so easy!

Take a puff pastry, spread with spicy brown mustard, sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and top with prosciutto. Ham or turkey would work too.

"The trick and what really makes it look special and fancy is the way we roll it up," Molly said.

Roll half way from each side, slice and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

"When it bakes it expands and looks like a palm fronds," she said.

Molly says you always need to serve something sweet. Check out her recipe for Strawberries Mexicana.


  • Holiday Pinecones Recipe (Curry Dip)
  • Dill Dip for Vegetable Crudites
  • Prosciutto Palmiers
  • Strawberries Mexicana
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