Holiday Entertaining goes to Entry #101! Mellisa, please send me your mailing address so we can send the book to you with enough time to make use of it for the holidays! Everyone else, as always, thanks so much for playing, and it always an honor to have you stop by The Delicious Life! Stay tuned...
This Book Makes Me "Hef"
Holiday Entertaining is much bigger than the usual 8-inch-ish square Williams-Sonoma cookbooks that come in every one-word flavor imaginable from "American" (written by Rick Rodgers of previous cookbook giveaway!) to "Seafood," but though it's not quite big enough to be a coffee table like some other books we know, Holiday Entertaining from Williams-Sonoma is one of those we categorize as "coffee table books."
Because it's gorgeous.
I have no idea what the publishers were thinking when they chose the cover image. Perhaps chocolate + "snow" + little red berries = quintesessential holiday? It's a literal case of "don't judge a book by its cover" because the Rich Chocolate Brownie Cake on the front does no justice whatsoever to the full-page photos inside that bleed to the edge and make you wonder why you feel this way looking at a picture of seared scallops. It's food p0rn.
But not the raw, spread-turkey in-your-face Hustler kind.
This is classy.
Of course, the book isn't just beauty. There are brains there, too, in the form of real, useful recipes, one of which I included below. I think I may have chosen the Caramelized Onion and Sour Cream Dip simply because it uses fresh thyme, with which I currently have an unhealthy obsession). Even more useful, I think, are the tips and ideas that might inspire you as you think about your own Holiday entertaining plans. (Sorry, didn't to sound so "marketing-y" there.)
I'd keep the book myself but I told the PR firm I'd give it away, so I did.
Caramelized Onion and Sour Cream Dip Recipe
from Williams-Sonoma's Holiday Entertaining
1 pound yellow onions (this is about 2 medium onions)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 cups low fat sour cream
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
Using a mandoline or a large, sharp chef's knife, cut the onions into slices about ⅛ inch thick. Cut the slices in half.
In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir, then reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. (The onions can be cooked up to 2 days ahead, covered, and refrigerated.)
When the onions are cool, transfer to a blender or foor processor. Add 1 cup of the sour cream, the thyme, and the vinegar and process to a coarse puree. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the remaining 1 cup sour cream. (The dip can be covered and refrigerated for up to 8 ours before serving.)
Transfer to a serving bowl and serve at room temperature.