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Entertaining tips and recipes

The holiday season is upon us. With it comes the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, family events and holiday entertaining. If you are entertaining in your home this season, make things easier on yourself with these helpful tips and recipes.

Cajun Krab chicken and rice

The experts from Salads of the Seas recommend an easy, yet elegant, menu of finger foods and other basics. Try the following tips and recipes to plan the perfect holiday party.

Implement an open-door policy

Instead of scheduling a sit-down dinner, encourage friends and family to drop by your holiday party at their convenience. An "open house" atmosphere means you won't be overwhelmed by receiving all guests at one time.

No spoons, no forks, no problem

A menu of finger foods and appetizers, served buffet-style, is sure to please any crowd. Not only will there be something for everyone, but the less formal setup also promotes more relaxed conversation. Additionally, you may consider going potluck to help ease your hosting load.

Keep it room temperature

Minimize your time in the kitchen by sticking to menu items that can be enjoyed at room temperature. For example, an array of crackers and crudités, served with your favorite dips, spreads and cheeses, can be set out at the beginning of a holiday party and simply replenished as needed. Seafood cheese balls from Salads of the Sea are another "set it and forget it" holiday favorite.

Pack your secret weapons

One or two winning recipes are all it takes to keep your guests raving for weeks to come – and you don't have to be a world-class chef to pull it off. Instead, take help from store-bought items by incorporating them with fresh ingredients to create a completely original masterpiece. This Cajun krab-stuffed chicken and rice ensemble is sure to be a hit at the fanciest of festivities or the coziest of family gatherings.

Quick-and-easy Cajun krab-stuffed chicken

(Serves 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (6 oz) quick-cooking stuffing
  • 1 package (8 oz) Salads of the Sea Cajun Krab Dip
  • 1 pre-cooked rotisserie chicken
  • diced habanera peppers to taste

Directions

Prepare stuffing mix as directed on the package. Combine stuffing with Cajun Krab Dip and diced peppers until well mixed. Fill chicken cavity with stuffing mixture and serve warm alongside Cajun Krab Rice.

Savory Cajun Krab Rice

(Serves 6-8)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8.8 oz) 90-second microwave rice
  • 1 package (8 oz) Salads of the Sea Cajun Krab Dip
  • 1/2 cup diced red, yellow and orange bell peppers

Directions

Prepare rice as directed on the package. While rice is hot, combine with Cajun Krab Dip and diced bell peppers. Serve warm alongside Cajun Krab-stuffed Chicken.

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