Winter Party Food Ideas 15.02.2016

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Entertaining in the winter is a great idea. The weather is chilly, people are dealing with cabin fever, and there is a lull after the New Year’s celebrations are over. So why not mix it up with a winter party centered on everyone’s favorite thing: food?! With items you already have on your shopping list, you can have a wonderful get-together while socializing and nourishing your guests.

Souper Chili Spread

A bowl of chili on a cold winter’s day is just what the doctor ordered. Make it the focus of the party with a “bar” of chili toppings, and have guests create their own chili creations!

Yields 8-12 Servings

Ingredients for Chili:

  • Ground beef (or turkey or chicken), 2 lbs.
  • Canned diced tomatoes, 2 (28-oz.) cans
  • Kidney beans (drained and rinsed), 1 (15.5-oz.) can
  • Butter beans (drained and rinsed), 1 (15.5-oz.) can
  • Black beans (drained and rinsed), 1 (15.5-oz.) can
  • Salt, 1 t
  • Black pepper, 1 t
  • Chili powder, 2 t
  • Cumin, 2 t
  • Garlic powder, 2 t
  • Large onion (chopped), 1
  • Tomato paste, ¼ c
  • Canned chipotles (chopped), 2 T

Ingredients for Chili Bar:
Choose as few or as many as you want!

  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Assorted cheeses
  • Cilantro
  • Tater tots
  • Tortilla chips or strips
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Green onion
  • Ranch dressing
  • Chopped bacon
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon or lime wedges
  • Red onion
  • Corn


  1. In a crock pot, combine the meat and spices. Break up the meat so it’s in bite-sized chunks.
  2. Add in the onion, tomato paste, chipotles; combine.
  3. Add the beans and canned tomatoes; combine. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
  4. Set out bowls with toppings; have guests dress up their individual bowls of chili.

Pizza Party

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Who doesn’t love a pizza party? You can have guests make their own personal pizzas and have enough variety for the vegetarians, meat-lovers, and everyone in-between!

Yields 1 (4-slice) Personal Pizza

Ingredients for Pizza:

  • All-purpose flour, 1 c
  • Cornstarch, 1 T
  • Granulated sugar, 1 t
  • Baking powder, ½ t
  • Salt, ½ t
  • Water, 1/3 c
  • Olive oil, 1 T

Ingredients for Toppings:

  • Assorted veggies (artichokes, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, onions, etc.)
  • Assorted meats (salami, ham, bacon, pepperoni, sausage, steak, chicken, etc.)
  • Assorted cheeses (provolone, mozzarella, Pepper Jack, asiago, cheddar, etc.)
  • Assorted sauces (marinara, Alfredo, etc.)
  • Assorted herbs and spices (oregano, basil, cilantro, parsley, garlic, red pepper, etc.)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease a baking sheet with oil or spray.
  2. Combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in water and oil; knead until it resembles dough.
  3. Flour the countertop and roll out the dough to a circumference of about 9 inches and ¼-inch thickness. Brush with oil and spoon desired amount of sauce. Add cheese and other toppings.
  4. Bake 12-15 minutes until crust is golden brown. Remove, cool, and serve.

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