Our friends are always looking for a reason to celebrate - read: if there's a party, they will come.
With winter on its way, and Mother Nature once again showing us who's boss with her blows of snow and cold, my husband and I decided that an Ugly Sweater Party would be the theme.
This menu was one of the easiest ones I have ever had to prepare. I spent probably 2 hours in total in the kitchen before and during the party. I wasn't interested in putting in a ridiculous amount of time when we had many other things going on.
The food and drink included:
Spiced Nuts (see recipe below)
A platter of charcuterie, cheeses, toasted breads, crackers and toppings
(More specifically: aged gouda, local chevre, Mexican salami, spiced pork loin, prosciutto, grainy mustard, Polish dill pickles, tapenade and fig jam)
A fruit tray with grapes and pineapple
*Faces have been cut out to protect the innocent.
4 c of assorted nuts
1/2 c roasted pumpkin seeds
3 T butter
4T brown sugar
6 dashes Worcestershire
1 t ground black pepper
1 t sea salt
1 t cayenne
Melt the butter and sugar in a pan on the stove and stir until bubbling. Add the nuts and the rest of the ingredients. Stir to coat the nuts and then place on a baking sheet covered in wax paper. Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes.