We know, we know: holidays are a time for family and friends. Which means that family and friends, somehow, are always popping over -- and, of course, are always hungry. We've compiled a list of the dos and don'ts of entertaining those unexpected guests (the ones that drop in, seemingly, out of nowhere) to ensure everyone feels welcome -- and is well-fed.
• Take a slow afternoon or evening to whip up a few snacks that will keep through the holidays.
• Serve your snack of choice on a nice plate or platter -- it makes it seem even more gracious.
• Keep your fridge stocked with olives, cheese, and other snack-able items that have multiple uses (and that you'd gladly eat as leftovers).
• If you're spending lots of time in the kitchen, try to clean as you go; this will prevent any scary piles of dishes in the wake of unexpected company.
• Panic! Take a drop-in visit as part of the holidays, and embrace it.
• Try to hastily whip up a full meal for your guest. If you're stressed and busy, it defeats the purpose of a visit.
• Leave your guests while you run out for provisions. They came to see you and will understand if you fix them a snack from what's on hand in the pantry.
All the recipes below are from our recently-updated Food52 Holiday Recipe and Survival Guide.
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Get the recipe on FOOD52. A fairly straightforward list of ingredients and an uncomplicated preparation make these easy to whip up on short notice. Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on FOOD52. These healthy fruit crisps will keep in a sealed container all through the holidays. Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on FOOD52. Chewy, crispy, and rich with butter, these flapjacks are what all granola bars aspire to be, and will make anyone feel at home. Photo: Sarah Shatz
Get the recipe on FOOD52. These holiday confections are sure to impress -- and we bet your guests have never had them. Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on FOOD52. This is one of our favorite snacks for any time of day. If your guests like this granola -- and we're sure they will -- you can send them home with a jar full of it. Photo: James Ransom
Get the recipe on FOOD52. These spiced pecans -- unlike their sugar-shellacked counterparts -- keep for weeks. Their unassumingly plain appearance hides their spiced flavor and addictively crispy texture. Photo: Sarah Shatz
Get the recipe on FOOD52. These are beautiful and impressive, and, if you devote an afternoon to making them, will keep through the holidays. Photo: Sarah Shatz
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