Have you started planning for the season of festive culinary delights and heartfelt celebrations? For many, greeting the holidays means getting together with family and friends for a cozy sit-down dinner. They can catch up on each other's lives while passing around elaborate Christmas food trays that make everyone light up with joy.
Shareable holiday platters are the perfect opportunity to try out recipes. Your patrons get to experience something new from you while you test out exciting dishes that have the potential to be signatures. Build your holiday menu with these four recipes. The list covers both savory and sweet options, so you’re sure to find a dish for everyone.
Complete Your Holiday Menu With Christmas Food Trays
Since Christmas is the biggest event of the year, restaurants and food business owners must boost revenues through various promotions. Customers are looking for new menu items to enjoy over the holidays so impress them with party food trays for Christmas. Make your offerings stand out with these ideas, inspired by trending dishes and local comforts
1. Birria tacos
Sweet, sour, spicy, and utterly savory, this Mexican treat is truly a feast of flavors! Here, traditional Mexican braised beef stewed in a combination of chilies and spices is the filling of choice for corn tortillas. The result is a medley of textures that is sure to excite the palate.
The versatile beef filling can also be used in quesadillas or as a dip for nachos! It's important to cook birria until it's very tender. Simmer the beef in Knorr Beef Broth Base for the meat to absorb all the savory goodness.
2. Creamy spinach lasagna
Who can resist this flavorful layer of pasta, chicken, and creamy spinach made with three kinds of cheese and topped with a perfectly browned crust? An indulgent, comforting dish like this just might be the answer to your customers' holiday cravings! It’s a great meal for large orders because you can easily make big batches ahead of time. Ideal for all the parties happening in the “ber” months!
3. Peanut butter tiramisu
Cap off holiday dinners with an iconic Italian dessert that never disappoints. This sweet treat features coffee-soaked ladyfingers, a rich cream cheese mousse, and a peanut butter drizzle for topping. Try it with different bases like ube, milk tea, or holiday-favorite buko pandan. You can also replace the cream cheese layer with ice cream for a frozen surprise.
4. Bibingka with salted egg
For locals, this iconic food item is synonymous with the holiday season. In fact, no Christmas Filipino food party tray would be complete without it. Just a whiff of a freshly baked batch of bibingka is enough to stir everyone’s fondest childhood memories.
This version becomes more special with the addition of a creamy, savory salted egg glaze. Making it is easy! Just combine Knorr Golden Salted Egg Powder and melted butter, and you're good to go. No need to spend more time in the kitchen prepping actual salted eggs. To get the best results, cook this special bibingka the traditional way by baking it in a clay mold over charcoal for a toasty, smoky flavor.
Choose the Right Packaging for Your Brand
For customers to fully enjoy your delicious holiday party trays, quality packaging materials are a must! The right containers help keep food warm and intact during transit so that it arrives at your customers’ door like it just came out of your restaurant kitchen.
EcoNest offers a wide array of plant-derived biodegradable products that you can use for your business. They’re a one-stop shop for your takeout and delivery packaging needs – from cutlery to cups and containers! They also offer customized packaging solutions to help you fulfill large and bulk orders when catering for crowds. Choosing your packaging reflects your value as a brand. Show your customers your commitment to sustainability by selecting eco-friendly solutions! Learn more about EcoNest and its products here.
Stand out this holiday season by adding a wide variety of options for your customers to choose from. While it’s important to keep dependable mainstays on your menu, including seasonal and specialty dishes can bring a creative and innovative flair. Come up with new variations to old favorites and experiment with bigger, bolder flavors through special Christmas food trays.
Combine delicious and unique ingredients to get exciting textures and present them beautifully in a colorful spread for a memorable dining experience. Build the ideal Christmas menu with a little help from Unilever Food Solutions’ versatile ingredients.
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