Tired of the ‘ole beer and chicken wings fare that usually proceeds an epic pow day? Have your tastes for après-ski pastimes matured? If so, it’s time to give your refined palate a taste of something better. And you don’t have to spend gobs of money hobnobbing with out-of-towners to do so. Instead, cut your ski day short and head home for a little prep work. Then impress your friends with a foodie fest by providing them nourishment for another day back at it.
Homemade Hot Cocoa – Forgo base-lodge lines and steamy cups of watery slop and make the real thing instead. Homemade hot cocoa incorporates real ingredients like dark chocolate, powdered cocoa and milk. For an au natural variation, substitute honey for the sugar and use raw milk with the cream on top.
Hot Buttered Rum – Ok, so you want to get your buzz on. A hot buttered rum will warm you up and do just that. Before your guests arrive, concoct a homespun cream sauce for easy cocktail makings. Dollop a spoonful into some dark rum for an instant party!
Appetizer & Salad
Bacon-Wrapped Dates – If the gluttony of macking fresh powder didn’t already do you in, then indulge in an over-the-top aperitif of bacon-wrapped dates. These little treasures, both salty and sweet, curb any overexertion craving.
Moroccan Beet Salad – When the winter produce aisles seem barren, you can always count on fall root veggies to make an appearance. Carrie Vasios‘ scrumptious beet salad recipe combines the earthiness of red beets with the fiery warmness of cinnamon.
Backcountry Bolognese – This Bon Appetit recipe, brought to you by Victor local, Kate Ewald Stitt, incorporates ground venison and antelope sausage for an Italian dish with mountain flair. Don’t fret if there’s not a hunter amongst you—substitute ground beef and pork sausage instead.
White Bean and Kale Stew – While carnivores crave the Backcountry Bolognese, the white bean and kale stew provides a hearty, veggie-fare option. The 30-minute prep time allows you to squeak in a shower, while the end result convinces guests it was simmering all day.
Vanilla Pomegranate Parfaits – Seasonally delightful, pomegranate seeds add tartness to this vanilla bean-flecked pudding. The creamy richness of this dessert mimics endless fields of wind-buffed snow. And the day-ahead prep assures your won’t miss an opportunity to track out the goods.
Dark Chocolate Fondue & Kate’s Bars – The chocolate-junky fix comes in last but never least. Melt dark chocolate chips over low heat on the stove, stir in a touch of milk and then pour the creamy goodness into a preheated fondue pot. Provide an assortment of Kate’s Bars –Tram, Stash, Tiki– and dip away. Top it off with a bubbly glass of Prosecco for some off-piste luxury.