Indulgent Recipes for an Intimate Holiday Feast

The festive menu includes acorn squash agrodolce, beef tenderloin, white chocolate panna cotta and an espresso martini.

Espresso Martini with Steeped Espresso

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Photography by Angel Tucker; styling by Nik Delfino of Easy Entertaining; place settings from Party Rental Ltd.

Martini:
2 cups espresso, steeped
2 cups vodka, unflavored or vanilla
1 cup coffee liqueur
¼ cup chocolate-covered
espresso beans

Steeped Espresso:
1 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
Orange rind
V tsp crushed red pepper
½ cinnamon stick
Brew espresso over vanilla bean, orange rind, crushed red pepper and cinnamon stick. Let sit for 4 hours or overnight.

Martini time:
Shake steeped espresso, vodka and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice and strain into chilled glasses. Garnish with chocolate-covered espresso beans. Makes 8 cocktails.

 

Not the cooking type? Team up with the Providence catering company to order a pre-cooked family-style feast for pickup and heat it up at home on the holiday. Easy Entertaining is also offering pre-packaged appetizer bento boxes and multi-course meals for guests to enjoy together virtually over Zoom. Go to easyentertainingri.com for ordering details and prices for all meal packages.