The winter season is a time of comfort food and comfort meals with those you care for. Hence, when planning the menu for your next gathering, keep in mind some dishes you would typically find during this time of year—delicious dishes that would be pleasing to eat on a cold day. Every winter party deserves a satisfying spread of hot, comforting party foods, and the professionals at Salero On The Beach can prepare your must-have party favorites.
1. Soups and Stews
A winter party is a perfect time to dust off your crockpot and whip up some comforting soups and stews. Everyone loves a hearty soup paired with bread or rolls to help warm them up. Soup selections that tend to be crowd-pleasers include tomato bisque, chili, broccoli and cheddar, beef stew, loaded baked potato, clam chowder, french onion, and lobster bisque, to name a few.
2. Warm Appetizers
Appetizers in seasonal flavors from savory to sweet make great party food for the winter season. Dips and pull-apart bread are always crowd-pleasing party foods. Stuffed mushrooms or buffalo cauliflower bites are also good choices. Baked Brie with raspberry preserves is warm and delicious, making this a party food that will surely impress your guests. Of course, there is always the classic cheese fondue—adding the comfort of a familiar favorite to your event.
3. Comforting Main Course
There are plentiful options for warm and comforting main course foods that are both tasty and filling. Pasta, rice, and potatoes are popular comfort foods that are crowd-pleasers, and you have a variety of options for hearty meat dishes for your winter party. Of course, main vegetable courses are always an excellent way to cater to your guests that prefer a meatless option. A few great main course favorites include these:
- Spinach and three-cheese stuffed shells
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Butternut squash risotto
- Swedish meatballs
- Balsamic cranberry roast chicken
- Pot roast and potatoes
- Herb crusted pork chops
4. Tasty Winter Desserts
Who doesn’t love a cozy and warm dessert to end a delicious meal? Warm pies in flavors like apple and cranberry will add those favorite seasonal flavors to your dessert table. While not warm, other tasty seasonal pie options for dessert include eggnog, salted caramel, maple, and even peppermint pies.
Bread pudding is a classic holiday dessert as it is. Still, a cranberry bread pudding with walnuts and raisins will delight your guests’ tastebuds with an alternate flavor combination—perfect for your seasonal party. Warm brownies with the option for guests to choose their favorite toppings will add a creative spin on dessert. Allowing guests to customize their dessert will satisfy their sweet tooth and leave them feeling warm and cozy inside.
Set up a s’mores roasting area where guests can roast marshmallows and customize their s’mores. S’mores also make the perfect party favor for your winter party.
5. Hot Beverage Bar
If you want to add more warm and tasty options to your dinner party, think about having a hot beverage bar. While guests are mingling and enjoying the warm appetizers and snacks, allow them the opportunity to customize their cup of hot cocoa with various mix-ins, or offer simple options like warm apple cider, hot tea, and seasonal flavored coffee.
The winter season is just around the corner, and it is the ideal time to plan your upcoming party. Salero On The Beach professionals will work with you on party food ideas perfect for your winter event. Invite all your friends and family members, allow Salero chefs to prepare the delicious warm comfort food, and you’ll be all set.