Greetings, hot tub habitues and spaficianados!
The gourmands at Goodall Pool & Spa are back with a foodie-approved way to work your spa into your Thanksgiving celebrations.
Picture this: your luxurious hot tub bubbling away in the crisp autumn air, with a delectable array of appetizers to tempt and tickle your taste buds. It’s a recipe for holiday magic!
So, grab your aprons and appetites because we’ve got seven hot tub appetizers that will make your Thanksgiving guests swoon with delight. It’s time to talk turkey.
A Nice Scoop of Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Dive into creamy bliss with this classic: Spinach and artichoke dip.
Serve this versatile veggie dip hot, room temperature, or cool. Pair it with some trusty, crusty baguette slices. Let the hot tub’s warm embrace elevate your senses as you enjoy this timeless appetizer.
The Hot Tub’s Hummin’ Hummus
Keep it cool and light with crisp broccoli florets, carrot and cucumber sticks, fresh red pepper strips, celery sticks — any of your favorite veggies — and a heap of velvety hummus. It’s a refreshing option for your hot tub gathering on Thanksgiving or anytime.
Staycation Crustacean Station
Shrimp cocktail is cool, maritime, salty, and fun. And, like you in your hot tub, shrimp are steamed and chilled out.
Add a little zing with a zesty cocktail sauce! It’s perfect for spa-side pecking.
Bathing Bagel Chips and Dip
Slice up some fresh or day-old bagels, season generously, add a little of your favorite heart-healthy oil, and bake. Puree some edamame, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, oil, and salt for a mouthwatering spread or dip.
Soak and Sip Gazpacho Shots
Serve chilled gazpacho shots as you soak.
The refreshing, cold-served tomato soup is fabulous with a hint of heat. We like to throw a little jalapeno in the mix. Serve in small glasses for easy sipping in your spa.
Nothing is cooler, more refreshing, more healthy, or quicker to prepare than fresh raw vegetables.
We know: Crudité has become kind of infamous in Pennsylvania. But lettuce put that aside. Celery, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red peppers, and mushrooms are fabulous with your dip of choice (especially when the dip of your choice is getting in your hot tub).
Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Skewers
This one has its own water reference built in. It’s the hottest way to snack cool. A few grains of salt on the watermelon bring out its subtle sweetness. Chill the feta well for a more manageable and toothsome bite. Mingled with mint leaves, it is absolute perfection.
Top Tips for a Relaxing Soak and Snack
Now that you’ve got your spa appetizers lined up, here are some tips to ensure your gastronomic pre-gaming goes off without a glitch.
Safety First: Keep electrical appliances and cords away from your hot tub. Safety always comes first. Also, these appetizers are designed for hands-free noshing, so no knives should be necessary — key for hot tub dining.
Stay Hydrated: With the heat of the hot tub, it’s crucial to stay hydrated with water. Keep a pitcher of ice water nearby and some disposable or non-glass cups.
Cleanup Made Easy: Have a designated area for used dishes and utensils. Consider a small table nearby for convenience. If you lean your appetizer menu away from meat and dairy, almost all of your waste can go straight to your compost.
We hope you spend the holidays happy and healthy and home wherever you are. And if that doesn’t include a hot tub, well, we can help with that too! Reach out to Goodall Pools & Spas today.
Happy Thanksgiving! And happy eating season and happy hot tub season. Eat like a Viking. Or at least inside a Viking SpaTM.