If you're hosting at least one event this holiday season, you're probably already planning the perfect menu filled with signature dishes to serve up to friends and family. However, when it comes to holiday entertaining, the best kind of homemade bites are the ones that taste gourmet but are shockingly easy to prepare before your guests arrive.
That's exactly what lifestyle blogger Camille Styles loves about her own festive appetizer recipe for burrata toasts with caramelized walnuts and mint-pomegranate pesto. While the finished product sounds and looks like quite the culinary feat, it's incredibly simple to make, especially if you prep the ingredients in advance. In fact, it will only set you back about 30 minutes in the kitchen, leaving you with plenty of time to tend to more important things, like spending quality time with your guests.
You'll start with a bit of prep work that can be finished well before your gathering. Styles recommends having your bakery slice the bread for you and making your caramelized walnuts prior to the day of your event (they'll stay fresh for a week if left in a jar at room temperature or a whole month if you pop them in the freezer). You can also slice your figs the day before the main event and make the pesto sauce as many as five days in advance.
Once you've prepped all of the components, the assembly couldn't be any easier. Styles likes to employ an early party guest with the task of getting the appetizers ready to go. According to her, it's the perfect job for that one friend who always arrives early and is willing to lend a hand.
The tasty starters are perfect for the holiday season. They even boast traditional red and green holiday colors thanks to the pomegranate arils, mint leaves, and green pesto sauce.
Serve them up on a rustic cutting board for the final touch. They're perfect for grabbing on the go while socializing before dinner is ready. "This is one of those recipes where all the ingredients magically meld together to create one perfect bite—you may find yourself going back for just one more, several times," Styles admits.
With just 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes to cook, these flavorful toasts will be ready to go in 30 minutes flat. "Just don't tell anyone how easy they are to make," Styles jokes. " I think I've got my friends fooled into thinking I'm a more advanced cook than I actually am."
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