Crafting a Holiday Menu and Seasonal Tabletop

A table with a beautiful setting made from lemons and the branches atop a white cloth. Around the setting, there is a loaf of crusty bread, charger plates with sage wrapped in twine and a bottle of California Olive Ranch Limited Reserve extra virgin olive oil.

The holidays are an incredibly special time of year, and they always motivate us to put a bit more care into preparing delicious and comforting foods to treat our family, friends, and loved ones. One of our favorite ways to acknowledge the season of giving and togetherness is to host get-togethers; what better opportunity than the holidays to pull out all the stops for a feast complete with festive decor, a seasonal tabletop, and delicious California Olive Ranch olive oil? The vegetable-focused menu we’ve put together combines recipes from a handful of amazing food bloggers and covers much of late fall’s peak produce. We tested these recipes at our own holiday-themed feast and we can personally attest to how delicious they are.

Olive Oil Holiday Recipes for Any Tabletop

A table full of beautiful food and flowers. On the top, there is a caramel apple upside-down cake made with extra virgin olive oil, to the right of that a rich mushroom risotto. Below each, you will find Brussel sprouts and a roasted delicata squash and pomegranate salad.

We love all the different textures and flavors in this Roasted Delicata Squash and Pomegranate Salad from Cookie and Kate. If you can get the timing right, serve the salad when the squash is still a little warm.

Roasting Brussels sprouts makes an under-appreciated vegetable a sure crowd-pleaser! Especially with the addition of nuts and cheese. We love this Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino and Pecans recipe from A Couple Cooks. We used the parmesan cheese that we had on hand instead of pecorino, and it was still perfect.

This comforting Mushroom and Leek Risotto from Minimalist Baker can hold its own as the center of any vegetarian meal. The mushrooms add a heartiness to the earthiness of the mushrooms goes perfectly with the bright grassy notes of extra virgin olive oil. Though the recipe calls for non-dairy substitutes, regular butter and parmesan can easily be used in this recipe for anyone without dietary restrictions.

One of the more creative dessert recipes we’ve tried comes in the form of a Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake from Adventures in Cooking. Start by making a caramel sauce from scratch in which you poach the apples, then add an olive oil batter, bake, and flip upside down to serve. The smell of this cake while cooking in the oven is incredible, not to mention how delicious it tasted. We especially love how well our everyday extra virgin olive oil paired within this dish and all agreed,  a cup of coffee would be an ideal pairing!

No holiday meal is complete without festive table settings, and our table decorations of choice mirrored our focus on fresh produce and earth tones. Seasonal greens, winter lemons, and purple hydrangeas set our color scheme; small candles and hints of gold made the table feel warm and festive. We loved this idea from Sunset Magazine to tie bundles of fresh herbs together for each place setting.

EVOO For The Holidays

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and are able to take the time to make beautiful meals and table settings, but we hope you remember to always prioritize the most important thing – spending quality time with friends and loved ones, especially over delicious food and lively conversation. Knowing we helped make your holidays special by providing well made, quality extra virgin olive oil is one of the many reasons we love what we do and we hope you enjoy your holiday season this year.