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Recipe for both a delicious charcuterie platter and fresh rosemary spiced sangria.
Entertaining Menu for a Christmas Game Night with Friends
December 13, 2019
Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn
Guest blogger, Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn, is back this week to share her favorite foods to make while hosting guests during the holidays. Ashlee is a home and lifestyle influencer who is well known for her DIY home tricks, delicious recipes and farmhouse chic style. Let’s take a look at her menu of tasty foods that will surely please your guests and have them asking for the recipe!
Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn
Guest blogger, Ashlee Keene of The Sassy Barn, is back this week to share her favorite foods to make while hosting guests during the holidays. Ashlee is a home and lifestyle influencer who is well known for her DIY home tricks, delicious recipes and farmhouse chic style. Let’s take a look at her menu of tasty foods that will surely please your guests and have them asking for the recipe!

Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do, especially now that my house is done with renovations. I love creating simple appetizers that are crowd pleasers.

I am hosting a little Christmas game night with friends this season, and plan on making homemade treats to offer while we enjoy our time together.

Let’s get started! Here is the menu of my tasty and hassle-free dishes to serve:

Entertaining is one of my favorite things to do, especially now that my house is done with renovations. I love creating simple appetizers that are crowd pleasers.

I am hosting a little Christmas game night with friends this season, and plan on making homemade treats to offer while we enjoy our time together.

Let’s get started! Here is the menu of my tasty and hassle-free dishes to serve:

  • Grandma’s Cheese Ball
  • DIY Charcuterie Board
  • Easy Shrimp Cocktail
  • Spiced Rosemary Sangria
  • Grandma’s Cheese Ball
  • DIY Charcuterie Board
  • Easy Shrimp Cocktail
  • Spiced Rosemary Sangria

Grandma’s Cheese Ball

Grandma’s Cheese Ball

Ingredients:

2 (8 Ounce) package cream cheese, softened

5 ounces dried beef chopped, divided

5 green onions chopped, divided

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, chipped beef (reserving about 1/4 cup), green onions, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and salt. Mix together until incorporated.

Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least an hour or until firm. Unroll the cheese ball from the plastic wrap and roll in reserved chipped beef and green onions. Serve with crackers.

Ingredients:

2 (8 Ounce) package cream cheese, softened

5 ounces dried beef chopped, divided

5 green onions chopped, divided

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, add the cream cheese, chipped beef (reserving about 1/4 cup), green onions, cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and salt. Mix together until incorporated.

Roll into a ball and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least an hour or until firm. Unroll the cheese ball from the plastic wrap and roll in reserved chipped beef and green onions. Serve with crackers.

Recipe for Grandma’s cheese ball, that is perfect for any family gathering.
Recipe for Grandma’s cheese ball, that is perfect for any family gathering.

Super Simple Shrimp Cocktail

Super Simple Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh or thawed shrimp, cleaned and deveined.

2 tsp old bay seasoning

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp pepper

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp creamed horseradish sauce

Half of a lemon squeezed

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Set your oven to 350F°. Pat the shrimp dry and lay on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with old bay and pepper, gently mix so all shrimp is seasoned, then top with butter. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp is nice and pink. While shrimp is baking, combine your ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire and mix well in a bowl. Set aside.

Take the shrimp out of the oven and place on a serving dish and serve with cocktail sauce.

Ingredients:

1 pound fresh or thawed shrimp, cleaned and deveined.

2 tsp old bay seasoning

3 tbsp butter

1 tbsp pepper

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp creamed horseradish sauce

Half of a lemon squeezed

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

Set your oven to 350F°. Pat the shrimp dry and lay on a lightly greased baking sheet. Sprinkle with old bay and pepper, gently mix so all shrimp is seasoned, then top with butter. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until shrimp is nice and pink. While shrimp is baking, combine your ketchup, horseradish, lemon juice and Worcestershire and mix well in a bowl. Set aside.

Take the shrimp out of the oven and place on a serving dish and serve with cocktail sauce.

Super simple shrimp cocktail recipe ready for a game night appetizer.
Super simple shrimp cocktail recipe ready for a game night appetizer.

DIY Charcuterie Board:

DIY Charcuterie Board:

There is no right or wrong way to making a charcuterie board. They’re a form of art and I love to make my boards creative and different each time. I used brown craft paper as a base to set the food on and paired it with my charcuterie set from pottery barn.

I bought various crackers, figs, peppered meats, soft cheeses, hard cheeses, cheeses that paired with jams (such as fig and Gouda). Charcuterie boards are so much fun to make, especially since you get to be creative in the presentation and offerings.

There is no right or wrong way to making a charcuterie board. They’re a form of art and I love to make my boards creative and different each time. I used brown craft paper as a base to set the food on and paired it with my charcuterie set from pottery barn.

I bought various crackers, figs, peppered meats, soft cheeses, hard cheeses, cheeses that paired with jams (such as fig and Gouda). Charcuterie boards are so much fun to make, especially since you get to be creative in the presentation and offerings.

How to make a charcuterie board that is full of different cheeses, peppered meats, jams and an assortment of crackers.
How to make a charcuterie board that is full of different cheeses, peppered meats, jams and an assortment of crackers.
Cheeses:
Soft Cheeses:
Goat Cheese, Brie, Blue Cheese
Semi-Firm:
Cheddar, Manchego, Gouda
Aged:
Asiago, Parmigiano, Pecorino
Meats & Toppings:
Cold Cuts:
Prosciutto, Salami
Dried Fruits:
Apricots, Raisins, Cranberry
Nuts:
Almonds, Cashews, Pecans
Pickles & Olives:
Cornichons, Pickles, Olives
Carbs & Spreads:
Bread & Crackers
Crackers, Bagel Chips, Toasted Baguette Slices
Spreads:
Cranberry Butter, Chutney, Honey, Fig Jam
Plate full of different cheeses, peppered meats, jams and an assortment of crackers from a charcuterie board.
Plate full of different cheeses, peppered meats, jams and an assortment of crackers from a charcuterie board.

Rosemary Spiced Sangria

Rosemary Spiced Sangria

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith apple, sliced

½ orange, sliced

1 Cup pomegranate seeds

1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries

2 large Sprig rosemary

1 Bottle Pinot Grigio or a dry red

½ cup grape juice or apple juice

¼ cup sugar

1 cup ginger beer

Directions:

Start by slicing your apple and orange and place in a large pitcher. Add in the pomegranates, cranberries, sugar and rosemary. Pour in the wine, juice and ginger beer.

Let the sangria chill in the fridge. Serve in your favorite glass and garnish with the fruit and a sprig of rosemary.

Ingredients:

1 Granny Smith apple, sliced

½ orange, sliced

1 Cup pomegranate seeds

1 heaping Cup Fresh cranberries

2 large Sprig rosemary

1 Bottle Pinot Grigio or a dry red

½ cup grape juice or apple juice

¼ cup sugar

1 cup ginger beer

Directions:

Start by slicing your apple and orange and place in a large pitcher. Add in the pomegranates, cranberries, sugar and rosemary. Pour in the wine, juice and ginger beer.

Let the sangria chill in the fridge. Serve in your favorite glass and garnish with the fruit and a sprig of rosemary.

I hope you enjoy making these yummy treats!

I hope you enjoy making these yummy treats!

Follow Ashlee at @thesassybarn on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home décor and lifestyle content. All Photos Courtesy Of: Ashlee Keene

Follow Ashlee at @thesassybarn on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home décor and lifestyle content. All Photos Courtesy Of: Ashlee Keene