Holiday entertaining ideas and recipes from A Cut Above Catering and Rusted Window

A Cut Above Catering and Rusted Window share holiday appetizer recipes and ideas for entertaining at your next holiday party. For more information, check out and

We eat first with our eyes.”

Create great Holiday appetizers that look as good as they taste:
-Turkey Cranberry Tartlets can be made with left over turkey and cranberries that you can freeze from Thanksgiving with brie.
-Cilantro Shrimp Boats with Sassy Sauce Trio: Thai Spice Sauce, Mango Salsa and Avocado Aoli

Tip: Make some great looking labels to let your guests know what is on the table.

RECIPE for Sweet and Sassy Nuts nuts
for 8 servings:

3/4 tsp of Chipotle Chili Pepper-ground
1 large egg white
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cumin
10-11 oz of each-fancy mixed nuts (about 3 cans)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 inch jelly roll pans with vegetable oil, or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In large bowl, with wire whisk, beat egg white until foamy. Add sugar, cumin, chipotle pepper, and cinnamon, and beat until well combined. Add nuts to egg-white mixture; with rubber spatula stir until well coated.

Spread nut mixture evenly in prepared jelly roll pans. Bake on 2 oven racks 20 to 25 minutes or until coating on nuts is golden brown and dry, stirring once and rotating pans between upper and lower racks halfway through baking for even browning.

Cool nuts completely in pans on wire racks, at least 1 hour. With hands, break apart any large clusters of nuts when cool. Store cooled nuts in tightly sealed containers at room temperature up to 2 weeks.

Looking to set up a Winter Wonderland Beverage Station? Here are some tips…
Add a signature Holiday drink like the Holiday Mule that you can hand out as soon as your guests arrive.
Garnishing your drinks with sprigs of rosemary, orange slices, or sugar cranberries add a festive touch. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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