This holiday season, I’m all about prepping like a pro — and that’s why I’m looking to top Texas chefs for some sage advice on recipes that impress, but don’t take me away from the party for too long!
Most of these recipes will take you under 30 minutes to prepare — and the results are just like the ones you’ll taste in the restaurants! Have a favorite recipe you’d like to share? Send me an email at email@example.com.
That gorgeous whiskey brown sugar-glazed brie you see above? You can get the recipe here from our friends at Picnikins in San Antonio and watch it being made by owners Andre and Cheryl Bezuidenhout here.
Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar
I love the freshness of homemade hummus and it’s one of my favorite appetizers at Zinc Bistro & Wine Bar in San Antonio. Dress it up with some seasonal pomegranate seeds and soft pita bread and you’ll have a recipe folks will be asking for after the party! Watch my friend Chef Danny Ybarra put this one together here.
Tony Mandola’s Oysters Roquetfort
I’ve said it many times: this is one of my favorite recipes ever. Tony Mandola’s Oysters Roquetfort recipe will turn even your most seafood-skeptic guests into longtime lovers of oysters. Get the recipe here.
The Funky Door’s Cheesy Fried Pickles
Three words: Cheesy. Fried. Pickles. Three letters: O-M-G! It’s one of these easiest party recipes we’ve ever tried, fit for cravings of every type! Owner Carrie Britton created this recipe after she was inspired by her daughter’s pregnancy cravings. It’s a treat involving two unlikely ingredients: wonton wrappers and Havarti cheese. Get the recipe here.
Tookie’s Shrimp Campechana Cocktail
You can have a lot of fun dressing up your holiday spread with Tookie’s Seafood Shrimp Campechana using fun cocktail glasses. This recipe involves a little Zing Zang and Clamato Clam Juice, which you can hang onto for a Bloody Mary for the next morning! Get the recipe here.
State Fare’s Dill Pickle Dip
You could say this recipe is a “big dill.” Puns aside, you’ll be parked next to this bowl of dill pickle dip until the very last chip! Choose the chip of your choice, but we’re a fan of State Fare‘s house made barbecue potato chips.