When it comes to holiday entertaining, today’s consumers seek shortcuts. Frozen and refrigerated premium heat-and-eat meat and poultry items are a stress-free way for a host to impress guests.
Nestle Hand-Held Food Groups, a part of Nestle USA, Rosslyn, Virginia, has rolled out a line of premium frozen finger foods under the new Host & Platter brand. Debuting in one sweet and four meaty savory varieties, the brand’s mantra is “Gather, excite and impress with Host & Platter. Be the host and we’ll provide the platter.”
There are two meatball varieties that come 30 to a pack with a side of dipping sauce. The Vietnamese-style combines savory pork with basil, cilantro and ginger and comes with ginger garlic chili sauce. The other variety is pork chorizo mixed with cotija cheese and cilantro with a spicy semi-sweet chocolate mole. The savory flaky pastries (mini empanadas) are filled with either pork chorizo and mango and poblano peppers with sweet and spicy mango aji amarillo sauce or chicken, fire-roasted tomatoes and corn, poblanos, cilantro and fiery red mole sauce. They come 20 to a box.
Rich Products Corp., Buffalo, New York, has long been a player in heat-and-eat frozen meatballs under its Farm Rich brand. Original products invite the consumer to use their choice of sauce or topping. To make it easier, the company is offering limited-edition appetizer packs that include the sauce, which can be thawed by running under hot water. Sauce options are grape chili sauce and sweet onion jam with bacon.
Home Market Foods, Norwood, Massachusetts, offers an extensive range of heat-and-eat frozen meatballs in home-style, Italian, Swedish and gluten-free options. New refrigerated seasoned fully cooked options come in a range of flavor profiles, including taco-seasoned, Korean-style barbecue glazed and spinach-feta chicken.