Holiday open houses are a great way to entertain during the busy holiday season. They allow for a casual afternoon or evening of friends and family stopping by to enjoy delicious food and good cheer.
As the host, you want to enjoy the party too so keep things simple and casual. Think about assembling food, rather than tackling complicated recipes. A bowl of olives, a cheese plate, or a fruit salad are all delicious and require very little effort.
Choose recipes that can be prepared in advance like this simple, seasonal twist on a Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella, grapefruit and mint. Consider using fresh fruits for decoration, a bowl of citrus fruit or pomegranates makes a beautiful centerpiece. Whatever you do, make sure you are having as much fun as your guests!
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Mozzarella Skewers with Grapefruit and Mint
by Lottie + Doof
Servings: 20 pieces
20 small Fresh Mozzarella balls (Ciliegine)
20 segments of ruby red grapefruit, supremed (from about 2 grapefruit)*
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Handful of fresh mint leaves
Coarse sea salt
Place grapefruit segments in a small bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Very gently toss to distribute the sugar. For each appetizer, carefully (you don’t want to break any of the grapefruit segments!) thread a toothpick with 1 grapefruit segment, 1 mint leaf, and 1 mozzarella ball. Arrange on a platter and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge for up to 1 hour before serving.
*To learn how to supreme a grapefruit, consult these instructions.