What is the first thing that makes food delicious? It’s how it appeals to the eye. It’s often said you ‘eat with your eyes first’ and that is so true. One of the big mistakes at a party is just putting something out on a platter without any thought in the presentation. Even if you purchase something, you can add embellishments quite easily to make the food appear more festive.
In our holiday classes I sugar cranberries and rosemary sprigs, then place them on various appetizer or dessert platters. The sugar gives it a ‘frosty’ winter look and as for the cranberries–makes them edible. You can set them out in bowls as a snack or ‘glam up’ a cocktail.
Here’s my recipe for sugared cranberries and a festive cocktail recipe.
1 egg white
1/4 tsp. water
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 c fresh cranberries
Whisk egg white and water in a bowl which can also hold the cranberries. Place cranberries in bowl and sugar in a pie tin or other low edged container. Using a fork, lift a few cranberries out of the egg white and allow to drain a bit before tossing in the sugar. Remove to a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to dry for 30 min-1 hour. They sugar will harden and then you can place in a bowl or use as a garnish.
Nantucket Red Cocktail
Fill a glass with ice, then pour in 1-1/2 oz. good-quality vodka, about 5 oz. cranberry juice, a squeeze of lime, and top it off with soda water. Give a stir, and garnish with fresh cranberries or the sugared cranberries.