Spring is in full swing, and that means parties and impromptu gatherings are on the rise. It’s no secret that conversations seem to flow more freely and friends seem to linger a little longer when there’s food involved. We’ve found the secret to easy entertaining: preserves. Keeping marmalade or chutney on hand along with a few other pantry necessities such as crackers, scones, or bread can make preparing a snack for a crowd a breeze.
We love the mini sampler from Crossogue Preserves because it has something for everyone. Plus, all of their preserves are made in Veronica Molloy’s kitchen in Tipperary, Ireland. She has become famous for the amazing taste! Here are a few of our favorite ways to use Crossogue Preserves.
FOR A COFFEE DATE
Having a friend drop by for coffee? English muffins with marmalade pair deliciously with a cup of joe. Try the Strawberry & Champagne Preserves in the sampler set for a sweet and satisfying treat. If you have more time on your hands, prepare Irish scones (try Hogan’s Irish Scone Mix) to go with the preserves. This is also an easy morning fix for overnight guests.
FOR A FAMILY GAME NIGHT
It’s hard not reach for a snack when you’re in a heated game of checkers or cards. Keep all the players happy with this easy-to-make appetizer. Pour a jar of Irish Harvest Fruit Chutney into a small bowl and cut a baguette into small, thin slices. Serve the two on a cutting board for a simple yet delicious treat. For added flavor, pour the chutney over a block of cream cheese to create a spread.
FOR COCKTAIL HOUR
Use Katie Reilly’s Irish Soda Bread Mix to make a traditional sweet raisin bread that you can pair with the sampler set’s Irish Whiskey Marmalade. If you don’t have time to make the soda bread, try pairing the preserves with a small loaf of rye bread or baguette slices. Serve with your favorite beverages.