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A Festive Holiday Party Menu

Holiday Party Menu

An uncomplicated holiday menu!  Expecting company this holiday season?  Whether you are expecting a houseful of relatives or a smaller intimate gathering, we know there is a lot to plan and to think about.

While we can’t help with everything, we CAN help uncomplicate holiday entertaining for you! From hand stuffing olives with feta, blue cheese or locally grown garlic to roasting red peppers, we have already have done much the work for you right here in Napa Valley.

Simply pick up your favorite Jeff’s Naturals products at your local food store (or order online), crack open a jar and get creative by pairing our olives and peppers with your favorite appetizers and dishes.

Here are some simple suggestions for a fabulous and easy holiday spread you can serve while relaxing and enjoying with friends and family.

A Festive Holiday Party Menu

Antipasto Platter
Crescent Rolls with Gruyère and Sun-dried Tomato & Basil
Baked Jalapeño Stuffed Olive Cheddar Puffs
Spinach and Feta Olive Turnovers
Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Jeff’s Greek Peperontini
Jeff’s Casteltini

Antipasto Platter

JN Antipasto Platter Grande

Sliced meat: Pick a variety of cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, and bresaola.

Cheese: Choose a variety of cheeses- a hard cheese, soft cheese, and stinky cheese will give your guests nice options. Try Manchego, Brie, and Blue Cheese, fresh Mozzarella or Burrata – the more cheeses the merrier!

Olives & Peppers: It wouldn’t be an Antipasto platter without the right combination of olives and peppers! You can be creative, but we recommend selecting from one or more of the following:
Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives
Whole Castelvetrano Olives
Feta Cheese Stuffed Olives
Roasted Bell Pepper Strips
Garlic Stuffed Olives
Whole Golden Greek Peperoncini
Organic Pitted Whole Greek Kalamata Olives
Jalapeño Stuffed Olives

Be sure to pour some Jeff’s Naturals Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto into a bowl.

Fresh Fruit: A variety of fresh fruit such as a bunch of grapes, slices of cantaloupe, halved fresh figs, and cherry tomatoes.Add sliced baguette and assorted crackers

Pull cheeses from the refrigerator about one hour prior to guests arriving. Place all the antipasti items on a large platter. Set out serving utensils, toothpicks, and cheese knives for the guests to serve themselves. And of course, wine is a great accompaniment to any antipasti platter also!

Build Your Own AntiPasto Platter

Crescent Rolls with Gruyère and Sundried Tomato & Basil

Recipe: Sun-Ripened Dried Tomato Crescent Rolls
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Baked Jalapeño Stuffed Olive Cheddar Puffs

Recipe: Baked Jalapeño Stuffed Cheddar Puffs

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Spinach and Feta Olive Turnovers

Recipe: Spinach and Feta Olive Turnovers

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Jeff’s Naturals Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Spiked Apple Cider

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Jeff’s Greek Peperontini

Jeff's Greek Peperontini
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Jeff’s Casteltini
Jeff’s Casteltini

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Jeff's Spiked Apple Cider

Featured Recipe: Jeff’s Naturals Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Holiday Cider


Keep warm and toasty this holiday season with this delicious cider cocktails with a kick! The secret ingredient? Jeff’s Naturals Sliced Hot Cherry Peppers!

Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Prep Time: 3 min.Total Time: 25 min.Serves: 8-10

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup Jeff’s Naturals Deli-Sliced Hot Cherry Peppers, plus some to garnish

Spiked Cider:

8 cups Apple Cider
1 orange, cut into slices
3 whole cloves
2 cups spiced rum
Cinnamon sticks to garnish each drink

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup of the water with the sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the hot cherry peppers, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large pot, combine apple cider, orange slices, and whole cloves. Bring to a boil over high; reduce to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain orange slices and cloves out. Stir rum into cider. Add Hot Cherry Pepper simple syrup until desired heat level and sweetness is achieved. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick to garnish each drink and a slice of hot cherry pepper.

More Recipe Ideas

Five Savory Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Fabulous Jeff’s Naturals Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy for the Holidays!

Cheese Stuffed Olives Martini

The holidays are a time for festivity, fun, and yes, libations!  We’re not saying everyone should consume adult beverages this holiday season, but if you do, drink responsibly and use only the best olives and garnishes.  These simple cocktail recipes and tips will go a long way to make your spirits bright. Playing bartender has never been easier!

Tips for Tasty Cocktails-

  • Always save your olive juice to “dirty” your Bloody Mary or cocktail.

Savory Martini


Recipes for Tasty Holiday Cocktails-

1. Spice-it-up Jalapeño Martini

3 oz. vodka
2 oz. Juice from jar of Jeff’s Naturals Sliced Tamed Jalapeños
Splash of dry vermouth
2-3 Jalapeño Stuffed Olives for garnish

Pour liquor and jalapeño juice into a martini shaker with ice. Shake at least 30 seconds and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with Jalapeño Stuffed Olives and enjoy!

2. All Natural Castelvetrano ‘tini

2 oz. dry gin or vodka
1 oz. dry vermouth
Jeff’s Naturals Castelvetrano Olives

Place a cocktail glass in the freezer to chill. Combine the gin or vodka and vermouth in a shaker, fill halfway with ice, and stir or shake vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into the chilled glass and garnish with castelvetrano olives

3. Jeff’s Savory Martini

3 sprigs rosemary (one inch in length)
3 Tbl. vermouth (or use juice of any Jeff’s Naturals Castelvetrano or Garlic Stuffed Olives)
5 oz. vodka or gin
Jeff’s Naturals Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives (for garnish)

Chill martini glasses in freezer for 15 minutes. Add one rosemary sprig to cocktail shaker and muddle to release oils. Add ice to shaker. Pour in vermouth and vodka or gin. Shake vigorously. Remove reserved rosemary leaves from the base of each sprig and thread with an olive or two. Remove glasses from freezer. Pour martini into glasses through a fine strainer, (this will insure no rosemary bits end up in the cocktail). Garnish with rosemary sprig and olives.

4. The Greek Peperontini

3 oz. gin (or vodka)
2 oz. Jeff’s Naturals Golden Greek Peperoncini brine
Splash of dry vermouth
Whole Golden Greek Peperoncini for garnish

Pour liquor and peperoncini brine into a martini shaker with ice. Shake at least 30 seconds and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a peperoncini or two and enjoy!

5.Jeff’s Naturals Bloody Mary

4 oz. Bloody Mary mix
1-½ oz. Vodka
Splash of your favorite hot sauce
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
Splash of brine from Jeff’s Naturals Olives or Peppers
Ice for serving
Assorted Jeff’s Naturals Peppers and Olives for garnish
1 celery stalk

Stir Bloody Mary mix and Vodka together. Add a dash of hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of Jeff’s Naturals Olive or Pepper brine. Pour over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with your favorite Jeff’s Naturals Peppers and Olives. Finish with a stalk of celery.