Here’s to another sensational #SeafoodSunday, Seafoodies!
You’ve decked the halls, popped open the bubbly and cued up your holiday playlist. Just one more thing will make your gathering complete: Seafood! We’ve selected five of our favorite starters for when you want to roll out the red carpet and give your guests the Seafoodie VIP treatment. From elegant canapés to casual bites, there is something for everyone here.
These classic bites (with a twist!) are really easy to make at home and look impressive on the table! We have a classic shrimp cocktail and an extra-indulgent take on oysters Rockefeller will not disappoint. Or, try this restaurant-worthy cornmeal-crusted calamari with marinara dipping sauce—always a crowd-pleaser!
If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, we’ve got some creative and healthful alternatives to the crudité platter! Wonton cups brimming with crab salad provide a fresh-tasting balance to heartier holiday fare. And seafood bruschetta, piled high with seasoned crab and shrimp, is an unexpectedly guiltless treat.
And while you’re entertaining, chew on this: Eating seafood two to three times per week can boost heart and brain health, too. Plus, it’s rich in protein, omega-3s and essential vitamins and minerals. So, bring on the seafood holiday apps! Let the festivities begin!
Crab Salad-Stuffed Wonton Cups
Crisp wonton stars hold a lemony crab surprise that’s out of this world! These no-fuss edible cups are a healthy, holiday-ready app to enjoy around the fire or help you ring in the new year.
In Seafoodie-speak, “Rockefeller” means “rich,” and wow, are these opulent bites aptly named! These creamy oysters are loaded with spinach, prosciutto and Parmesan, then broiled to perfection.
Cornmeal and buttermilk are the secret to these tender-crisp rings and tentacles. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce, and you’ve got a must-try passed hors d’oeuvre or welcome addition to your game-day spread.
Trends come and go, but shrimp cocktails are always a hit! This easy, make-ahead app is a healthy indulgence your guests will appreciate if they’re trying to balance out traditional holiday fare.
These festive shrimp and crab toasts are spiked with lemon and dotted with diced tomato and fresh green herbs. They make for a colorful presentation and are low-cal to boot!
This lively dip is one of our favorite make-ahead and mingle dishes that allows you to spend more time with your guests than scrambling in the kitchen! It balances smoked salmon with a swirl of creamy ingredients, fresh and tangy seasonings and a jolt of heat. You’ll want to dig in right away, but it’s even better if you let the flavors meld for a couple of hours.