By Jan Kremer –
What do you think of when you hear New Year’s Eve party? Do you think of a great start to a new year? A fun time with friends? Or do you think of bubbly champagne and yummy foods? No New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without some mouth-watering treats, delicious noshes, and scrumptious snacks, so be ready to serve up some fun and refreshment before your guests arrive.
While you can serve full-sized meals, New Year’s parties typically offer a variety of finger-foods, appetizers, and snacks because they tend to take place later in the evening. In other words, your guests should take care of dinner themselves; you’ll take care of the fun stuff. Go beyond cheese and crackers with these great ideas:
Crostini Alla Romana
ciabatta bread, sliced into 12 – ½ inch thick pieces
12 slices (or about 6 ounces) of thin prosciutto
1 pound of fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons butter
6 sage leaves
salt and pepper
1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put the ciabatta in the oven for about 8 minutes. The bread should be crisp and golden. Remove from oven.
3. Put the prosciutto and mozzarella on the ciabatta and put back into the oven for another 8 minutes or so, or until the cheese is melted.
4. While this is baking, put butter and sage leaves into a saucepan over medium heat. While the butter melts, the sage will begin to brown in spots. When the leaves are crisp (about five minutes), add a pinch each of salt and pepper.
5. Take the crispy crostini out of the oven and put it on a serving plate. Drizzle your sage-infused butter over the top and serve hot.
This will taste elegant and sophisticated and no one needs to know how easy it was!
Honey Garlic Glazed Meatballs (from Taste of Home)
Mini-meatballs always go fast, so make sure to save one or two for yourself.
¾ cup milk
1 cup dry bread crumbs
½ cup onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
2 pounds ground beef
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons soy sauce
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup honey
1. Mix eggs and milk in large bowl. Add bread crumbs, salt, and onion.
2. Crumble ground beef over the egg/bread crumb mixture and mix.
3. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls and place on greased baking pans.
4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 400°.
5. In a saucepan, saute the garlic in butter until it is tender. Mix in ketchup, soy sauce, and honey and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce heat, cover, and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
7. When meatballs are done, drain grease and add them to the sauce.
8. Carefully stir to coat the meatballs without breaking them.
9. Cook meatballs and sauce for another 5 to 10 minutes.
10. Serve hot with toothpicks on the side.
Texas Caviar with Avocado (courtesy of AllRecipes)
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 (15.5-ounce) cans of black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
½ cup jalapeno peppers, chopped
8 fluid ounces Italian dressing cayenne pepper to taste
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and chopped To make:
1. Mix black-eyed peas, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno peppers, dressing, and cayenne pepper in large bowl.
2. Just before you serve, stir in the avocado. (If you pre-mix, the dip tends to get soggy and muddy in appearance).
3. Serve with blue tortilla chips, baked tortilla chips, and other goodies. Round out the menu with other favorites like blue bacon stuffed mushrooms, crab and artichoke dip, artisan cheese platters, and, of course, great cocktails. You are guaranteed to have a wonderful party!
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