Two Recipes that’ll Make Your Holiday Appetizers Successful

Need last-minute recipe ideas for your Holiday appetizer? Discover our express recipes of tuna skewers with maple syrup and truffle and cheese spread with grappa. Guaranteed success.

Truffle & Cheese Spread with Grappa

Serves: 6 | Preparation Time: 10 min | Refrigeration Time: 30 min

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– 8 oz (225 g) cream cheese

– 2 oz (35 g) roquefort cheese

½ cup (125 ml) light 15% cream

– 1 tsp truffle oil

– 3 tbsp grappa

– 2 tbsp truffle breakings in olive oil

– 1 tsp finely chopped parsley

– ½ tsp dried marjoram

Preparation :

1. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, roquefort cheese, cream, truffle oil and grappa. Incorporate truffle breakings, parsley and marjoram.

2. Transfer mixture to a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Tuna Skewers with Maple Syrup

Serves: 4 | Preparation Time: 20 min | Refrigeration Time: 1h | Cooking Time: 5 min


– 1 cup (250 ml) maple syrup

– ¼ cup (60 ml) apple juice

– 1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

– ¼ tsp salt

– 1 tsp ground ginger

– 1 tsp pepper flakes

– 1 lb (450 g) fresh tuna

– 2 small pears, quartered

– Mint leaves

– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

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1. In a blender, combine maple syrup, apple juice, coriander leaves, salt, ginger and pepper flakes 2 minutes. Transfer to a deep dish.

2. Slice tuna in long thick strips. Place tuna strips in marinade. Cover dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.

3. Remove dish from refrigerator. Drain tuna strips on paper towels. Skewer tuna strips, mint leaves and pear wedges.

4. In a skillet, heat olive oil. Cook skewers over high heat for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer skewers to plates and serve.

The art of receiving by Andrea

To avoid total panic, here are a few recommendations for a perfect evening with your guests!


  1. Prepare as much as possible in advance:
  • Three days before the event, make a list of tasks and material indispensable for the evening including flowers and music.
  • Prepare the menu; list all foods and gifts needed; clean dishware, silverware, pots and pans necessary for all recipes; count wine glasses and make sure you have enough dishwashing soap, you shouldn’t need to run to the store after hours!
  • Make sure you have the basics: alcohol, plates, tablecloth, napkins and extra chairs.


  1. The day before:
  • Make table plans and set the table to avoid running around.
  • Whenever possible, prepare desserts, appetizers and any other parts of the meal ahead of time.


  1. On the day itself:
  • Begin early and select recipes you know well.
  • The remaining hour before your guests arrive, relax with a glass of wine or do whatever is needed to put you in the mood.
  • Never apologize if the meal is not perfect. Remember your guests do not know that!