Tis’ the season for gathering en masse and savoring the company of our nearest and dearest over tasty bites and decadent dinners. Who knows better how to feed the whole clan than the “artists in aprons” called chefs?
We asked a few of our favorite Napa Valley chefs what they bring to the table when they go visiting – and we are loving their responses! See 7 delicious recipes below, and let us know your top menu picks to serve this holiday.
1. SWEET POTATOES WITH FERNET MARSHMALLOW
This elevated sweet potato casserole with homemade Fernet Marshmallow comes to us courtesy of Chef Nicholas Jones of the ever-popular local spot, Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch in St. Helena.
2. CHICKEN LIVER MOUSSE
Our Round Pond Executive Chef Jamie Prouten gives us this decadent mousse recipe that he likes to surprise people into tasting and loving.
3. CRAB A CHOUX
These deliciously easy crispy crab puffs are a go-to for long-time Napa Valley Chef Marvin Martin. These are just as easy to make as they are delicious!
4. SESAME AND BUTTERMILK CRACKERS
Chef Marvin shares another winner with these simple but stunning black and white sesame crackers that make the perfect foil to any cheese or charcuterie plate.
5. THYME GOUGÈRE
Round Pond Chef Jamie’s easy-baked thyme and parmesan puffs are completely addicting, and pair so well with any type of wine or cocktail.
6. CAULIFLOWER & POTATO GRATIN
Sous Chef at famed Kitchen Door in Napa, Conor Esser gives us his recipe for an updated version of that comfort-food classic: potatoes au gratin.