Best of: Snowbird Recipes

Best of Snowbird Recipes

Bacon blue cheese endive boats topped with chilled grapes and fresh garden chives

Beverages, Sauces & Appetizers

Appetizers are awesome as a standalone or the beginning of a great meal. Snowbirds are social, but entertaining doesn't need to be a major endeavor. A few ideas for delicious party starters and beverages for a few guests or a crowd.

APPETIZERS:

BACON & BLUE CHEESE ENDIVE BOATS

BEEF NACHO BITES

BEEF OLIVE SPREAD CANAPES

CANDIED BACON & SHRIMP BITES

CHEDDAR OLIVE BALLS

CHICKEN POT PIE SHOOTERS

CRAB MELT MINI SANDWICHES

FIRE ROASTED SALSA

NEIMAN MARCUS-INSPIRED SPREAD

PARMESAN CRISPS THREE WAYS

PEA - MINT - TOMATO CROSTINI

POTATO SALAD BITES

STUFFED BABY BELLA MUSHROOMS

 

 

 

SAUCES:

PARMESAN AIOLI

APRICOT DIPPING SAUCE / GLAZE

 

BEVERAGES:

FOUR CLASSIC HOLIDAY BEVERAGES

SUMMER MANGO COCKTAIL

 

Perfectly cooked restaurant quality salmon fillet with seasoned crust and chive herb sauce

Entrees & Salads

Snowbirds typically aren't shy about enjoying a great meal and these snowbird recipes are designed for flavorful food without requiring a lot of ingredients or special equipment to prepare them.

ENTREES:

GRILLED COASTAL AMBERJACK WITH MANGO SALSA

BAKED TILAPIA WITH GARLIC BUTTER, PARMESAN, PECANS

MAHI MAHI EN PAPILLOTE

RESTAURANT QUALITY SALMON

 

SALADS:

BLUE CHEESE SALAD DRESSING

ROMAINE WITH RED WINE VINAIGRETTE

 

SOUP:

CREAMY SCOTTISH LEEKS WHITEFISH WINTER SOUP

Baby bella mushrooms with fresh rosemary are not complicated yet look enticing and taste earthy
Savory cheddar olive balls are bite-sized, cheesy and a little more special for any social gathering

Comfort Food & Desserts

Snowbirds bring their regional flair to their Southern homes and these snowbird recipes are comforting and delicious. Take time to try a new recipe that just might become your family's latest favorite.

COMFORT FOOD:

BAKED CHEESY DELI SLIDERS

LUMP CRAB MELT SANDWICHES

SEASONED STEAK BURGERS

SCOTTISH MASHED POTATOES, SAUSAGE and WHISKEY GRAVY

BROCCOLI CON CAPELLINI

POPOVERS

 

SWEETS/DESSERTS:

CREAMY BERRY PARFAIT

WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN

Thick cut candied bbq rubbed bacon topped with garlic sauteed shrimp and fresh minced chives
Mahi Mahi en papillote is a fun, fresh French technique to wow your guests. Shown with fresh lemon, mangoes and scallions

Fresh Coastal Seafood

Snowbird Recipes

Fresh seafood, whether blackened on the grill or baked in the oven, is a terrific benefit of living in a coastal community. Shrimp, oysters, red snapper, grouper, shark, scallops, triggerfish and more are all readily available in season. We have perfected these recipes for fresh fish, including an old favorite, grouper, and new love, amberjack. Fresh mango/pineapple salsa takes almost any fresh fish dish from good to great!


100+ EASY, SIMPLE SNOWBIRD MENU IDEAS

COOKING CLASS: FIVE ELEGANT HORS D'OEUVRES

GRILLED AMBERJACK WITH MANGO SALSA

BAKED TILAPIA WITH PECAN, PARMESAN, PANKO, GARLIC BUTTER CRUST

SNOWBIRD THEME PARTIES


 

Fish Markets

Local Seafood

Snowbirds from landlocked areas don't take for granted having easy access to fresh seafood near their adopted coastal homes. Fresh caught daily -- it doesn't get much better than this. There are many independent fish markets on the Emerald Coast, which makes it convenient to shop at a location near you. Prices vary, as do selections based on the season of the year in addition to other factors.

If you want a specific fish, arrive early in the day before it sells out. If you, like us, prefer a center cut, great, but be prepared to pay more per pound for it. Ask your fish monger for advice cooking a particular fish if you aren't familiar with it and want to try something new. Your fish monger will pack it on ice. Bring a cooler to transport the fish if you live a distance away or won't be returning home soon. Keep the fish packed on ice in your refrigerator until ready to prepare it.

Most fish markets carry other specialty items such as sauces, pasta, olives, accompaniments and more for convenient one-stop shopping.

Midlife snowbird, Destin Ice fish market

Send your favorite recipes

What are your fave seafood recipes? Side dishes? Desserts? Go-to party recipes?