5 Easy-Peasy Holiday Recipes to WOW Your Guests!

Photo by: Maria del Rio, R29
Seafood Bruschetta, Serves 4
An elevated take on breadsticks and marinara, seafood adds an extra dose of sweet umami to this tomato-based topping. Fresh shellfish is ... more 
Photo by: Maria del Rio, R29
Seafood Bruschetta, Serves 4
An elevated take on breadsticks and marinara, seafood adds an extra dose of sweet umami to this tomato-based topping. Fresh shellfish is best, but if you can't get to the market, open a can of tuna, clams, or anchovies. To make this vegetarian, swap in a can of chickpeas.

Ingredients:
1 16 oz can of tomatoes
A few springs of fresh thyme
1/2 pound or 1-2 cans of seafood of your choice. For anchovies, use a lighter touch - three or four fillets may be plenty.
5 cloves of garlic, sliced
1/2 loaf of focaccia or bread of your choice

1. Heat tomatoes in a small sauce pan.
2. Rinse and clean seafood. Place in a small pot, pour enough olive oil to cover, and add thyme and sliced garlic. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
3. Combine tomatoes and seafood. Remove thyme and simmer for 5 more minutes to let flavors permeate. Stir occasionally. Season to taste.
4. Meanwhile, slice bread. Drizzle wi less 
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Tue, Dec 18, 2012 1:42 PM EST
By Cheryl Locke, Photographed by Maria del Rio, Refinery29


You might have had this vision of your home filled with friends, food, and the merriest of laughter. But, let's be real, by the time the holidays actually roll around, we turn into total stress cases, and entertaining is the last thing we want to do. And suddenly, all those visions are nothing more than a pipe dream.



But, impressing guests with your kitchen skills might be easier (and a lot less stressful) than you think. Whether you're feeding 10 ravenous guests at your own table or bringing a dish to wow the in-laws, we've got a fool-proof menu for culinary dunces and whizzes alike.



Here, the masterminds behind Oakland's Hopscotch show you how to DIY using very few ingredients - most likely stuff you already have in your kitchen. Read on to skip yourself the frustration and get on with your dinner partying.




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