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Tips for easy, fun holiday entertaining

October 26, 2011

From ARA Content

Entertaining friends and family during the holiday season is as customary as drinking eggnog and opening presents. These gatherings usually involve investigating new - and delicious - recipes, decorating the house to the hilt, building the perfect collection of holiday tunes to play and finding fun activities to keep everyone engaged throughout.

The key to successful entertaining over the holidays is preparation. Here are some tips from Mike Wisner, executive chef for kitchen appliance maker LG Electronics USA, to help you throw a great holiday party:

"Pulling off a fun and entertaining holiday party takes work and good planning," Wisner says. "But with the right preparation, friends and family will request an encore party next holiday season." To help out, here's one of the chef's easy recipes for a great holiday appetizer:

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus


1 bunch of asparagus

1/2 pound thinly sliced prosciutto or serrano ham

Extra virgin olive oil

Balsamic vinegar


After removing one to two inches off the ends of the asparagus, cut into two to three inch lengths. Cook in a large pot of boiling water until they are "al dente." They should still have a slight crunch when bitten. When done, move them to a bowl of ice water to stop further cooking. Once chilled, remove and pat dry. Wrap each piece in a slice of ham (you can cut large slices in half). Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. These can be prepared up to two days in advance.

To serve:

Remove the wrapped asparagus from the refrigerator an hour before serving to allow them to warm up. Preheat broiler on high for five minutes. Place the wrapped asparagus on a baking sheet and then in broiler until the tops are crisped, about two to three minutes. Flip over and repeat for the other side. Remove from the oven and arrange on a serving tray. Drizzle with a good quality extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.



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