(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful holiday soiree are when the room is filled with laughter and guests leave satisfied from all the yummy treats served. If you’re hosting a holiday get together or special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classic foods everyone serves.
A chip buffet is a simple, delicious and perfect way to indulge during the holidays and into the New Year. Here are some ideas to help get started:
* Vary the chip choices. It’s hard to beat the classic potato chip at any snacking occasion. Make your snacks special by adding crispy kettle cooked chips to the mix. Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips are cooked in small batches to create extra crunch. They are delicious to enjoy on their own but also stand up well to dips. To make sure everyone leaves satisfied, serve a variety of Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips' 11 flavors, from classic Original to a better-for-you Lightly Salted Olive Oil & Herbs or a spicy Jalapeno.
* Play with presentation. Bowls are a tried-and-true way to serve chips, but the holidays are a great opportunity to innovate your setup. A quick search can yield plenty of inspiring ideas like glass jars for guests to see all the delicious flavors, mini apple baskets with metal scoops for a rustic look or individual take-out boxes for your guests to quickly grab.
* Do it up with dip. Dips and spreads are a great way to dress up a potato chip and when you’re entertaining a crowd, the more the merrier! Serve the holiday classics like French onion, spinach and artichoke and baked brie, all of which are simple to prepare and can even be prepped a day ahead of time. To really impress your guests, mix in a few out-of-the-ordinary recipes such as a Jalapeño Pimento Cheese dip. Pair with classic Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original Chips, or 40% Less Fat Jalapeño Cheddar to get a kick out of this spicy dip!
Jalapeño Pimento Cheese
It’s true that classics never go out of style, but they can also evolve to keep current while still maintaining their original appeal. One updated idea is for stuffed peppers, such as with this recipe for Southwestern Bean Salad Stuffed Peppers.
A Classic Recipe Makeover
(Family Features) It’s true that classics never go out of style, but they can also evolve to keep current while still maintaining their original appeal.
For example, take the iconic tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich duo. Today’s tomato soup might be seasoned with herbs and garlic, and the grilled cheese might swap goat cheese and mozzarella for the traditional American or cheddar. Meatloaf could be prepared with sriracha replacing Worcestershire sauce or other seasonings.
Another updated idea is for stuffed peppers. It’s easy to give them a Tex-Mex spin simply by using a can of READ Southwestern Bean Salad as the base for the filling. The salad already has black and kidney beans, hominy and corn in it, as well as a slightly spicy dressing. Build on that flavorful combination by adding browned ground beef or turkey, cheese and tortilla chips. Poblano peppers could be substituted for bell peppers for an even more authentic south-of-the-border flair.
While this meal in a pepper bakes, make a salad of spinach or other greens topped with avocado slices and orange segments. Dinner is done and on the table in under an hour. For more easy, flavorful dinner ideas, visit READsalads.com.
Southwestern Bean Salad Stuffed Peppers
Variation: Ground chicken or turkey breast may be substituted for ground beef. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil to skillet and heat until hot before adding ground chicken or turkey and onion to skillet.
Nutritional information per serving: 252 calories; 15 g protein; 20 g carbohydrate;
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