Russo’s: A Watertown Gem

It’s the week of your neighborhood’s annual get-together and you’ve just been tasked with appetizer duty. You whose idea of home-cooked is 60 seconds in the microwave. Now for anyone else, this would be panic time – but luckily you know Watertown is home to Russo’s, one of the most amazing food markets in New England! Not only does Russo’s offer bountiful baskets of the freshest produce around, they have their own delicatessen, bakery, and florist, as well as shelves full of specialty foods from around the world.

Russo’s has been part of the Watertown landscape for over 75 years now; and because they’ve developed direct relationships with local growers and producers, they’ve always been able to offer the best-quality products and affordable prices. Their selection is amazing, and they’ll even do the heavy lifting for you, offering a huge array of fruit and gift arrangements, as well as charcuterie and appetizer baskets.

Now you could totally have Russo’s whip up an amazing spread to bring along to the party. Alternatively, you could impress your neighbors (and yourself) by putting together your own appetizer. Here’s an amazing, super-easy recipe that you can whip up in about 15 minutes, and Russo’s has everything you need to make it with!

Roast Beef Bites (adapted from Epicurious.com) Serves 18.

For this you’ll need:

  • a bag of mini toasts (you can find these in the cheese department)
  • 9 thin slices of rare roast beef (ask the guys at Russo’s to let you try a slice J )
  • 18 watercress leaves
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon horseradish
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix together the horseradish, sour cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread about a teaspoon each on the mini toasts.
  2. Cut each slice of roast beef in half lengthwise and roll it up in a spiral (you’re so fancy). Put some watercress leaves on top.

BOOM! You’ve just become the official MVP of the party.

Now that you’ve tapped into your cooking genius, you’ll want to be checking out Russo’s weekly specials on their website!