This time of year I’m invited to a zillion holiday parties. Nearly all of them require me to bring some sort of dish to share. In the past, as in before kids, I would make elaborate dips and dishes, cookies and cakes. I still do those things, but not for every party I go to. It’s just too much work. But I have a solution for easy holiday appetizers.
It’s a little secret, tucked away in my local Walmart’s freezer aisle. It’s Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls. They’re super easy to prepare and are the perfect appetizer for parties, whether it’s a gathering of friends or just my family and I. But here’s the catch, I still need to make it special.
I rarely use the included sauce in the Spring Rolls. Sure, it’s tasty, but what really makes my easy holiday appetizers kick is a homemade sauce. I love roasted red peppers – I make soup a few times a year, but after trying the Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls I knew I wanted to make a sweet roasted red pepper dipping sauce to pair with them.
Easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
2 red peppers
3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
1/8-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Once your oven is ready, place your peppers on a cookie sheet and roast for about 45 minutes until the skins are charred. Using tongs, carefully remove the peppers from the oven and place them in a bowl and cover with foil. Let them cool.
Once the peppers are cool, carefully peel off the skins and put them in your compost pile. gently remove the seeds and put the peeled peppers and juice into your favorite food processor or blender. Add the rice vinegar, sugar and cayenne pepper.
Blend until well combined and serve with your Shrimp Rolls or favorite appetizers.
Put the extra sauce into a jar or other container to enjoy later!
What are your favorite dinner party recipes? Needs some ideas? Ladies Home Journal has a list of “The 15 Best Frozen Appetizers to Serve at a Party“. You’ll even find Rich’s SeaPak Spring Rolls on the list!