For this second installment of my homemade holiday treats/gifts, I wanted to touch on the “usually” forgotten savory treats. I love to give cookies but at times, I want to give something a little more suited to each individual. Which means that for some, sweets are not the right fit…gasp!…who doesn’t like sweets? 😉
Here are my top ten homemade savory items.
#1: Homemade Pesto: whether you make Classic Pesto, Arugula or Kale Pesto, this is a great gift full of delicious flavors. I would usually add a high-end dry pasta (or fresh if you know they will use it soon).
#2: Cocktail Pecans: so simple to make and perfect for the Happy Hour Fanatic! A nice bottle of wine would be a lovely touch!
#4: Le Creuset Bread: I would bring this to a dinner party or with some homemade jelly for a breakfast treat the day after.
#5: Smoked Salmon Dip: so many possibilities with this treat, perhaps a cute little serving dish and platter, some imported crackers, a 6-pack of cool Alaskan beer…
#6: Oat and Cheddar Crackers: in my original post, I simply cut the crackers into square little bites but you could easily change it up and get very creative with the designs. Include a favorite bottle of wine for a special touch.
#7: Pepper Bacon Jam: they may think it’s a joke until they taste it. Don’t forget to include the recipe…then again you may want to keep it a secret and look like a superstar!
#8: Riley and Cooper Special Treats: (dog treats!) Evidently, this is for the animal lover! Although completely edible for humans you may want to refrain and let it be a gift for the canines.
#9: Tomato Sauce with Butter: I would make this sauce for my friends that are true Pasta Lovers. I would include some delicious pasta, a bottle of red and a loaf of bread.
#10: Lemontini Set: Of course making the Lemontinis unless you are home won’t work but giving them all the ingredients, especially the homemade Lemon Simple Syrup, a great gift. If you wanted to add a couple special Martini glasses, then you would be a rock star…or a martini star!
As always I hope you enjoyed these different holidays’ treats/gifts. Please feel free to send me photos of your creations at firstname.lastname@example.org I love to see what you guys make!
Peace and Happy Special Treating,