I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already! I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays with friends, family and loved ones. Mine have been packed with gatherings which of course always involves good food and maybe some wine! I kicked off the holidays with 5 easy appetizers for you to make (if you missed it catch it here). BUT now it is time to prepare for New Year’s Eve! For the past four or five years I’ve spent this night at house parties which to me is the best way to spend it. Good company, food and drinks is all you need right?! Below I am sharing 4 recipes that are perfect to make on New Year’s Eve.
1. Antipasto Skewers
These fun little appetizers that are easy to make and taste great (plus easy to serve!) I included green olives, genoa salami, cheese tortellini, basil, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper and bocconcini balls. Feel free to mix up the ingredients though! I also love the idea of having a little build-your-own antipasto skewer bar so your guests can choose the ingredients they want. Most grocery stores have antipasto bars where you can find a lot of the ingredients including Whole Foods, Longos or Loblaws.
2. Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are a must try! They are a great warm appetizer to serve at a party (always have to have a variety!). All you need is cremini mushrooms (pop out the caps), my artichoke and asiago dip (find the recipe here), 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, tablespoon of minced garlic, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1/2 cup panko crumbs.
Set your oven to 350F. Combine olive oil and garlic. Brush the mushroom caps with the olive oil mixture and pop them in the oven for 7 minutes. Pull them out and flip the caps over on a paper towel to get rid of any excess oil or water. Then flip them back over and fill with a scoop of artichoke and asiago dip. Combine parmesan cheese & panko crumbs then sprinkle the stuffed mushroom caps with the mixture. Put the mushrooms back in the oven for another 7 minutes. Serve right away!
3. Goat Cheese Spread
I learned how to make this a few years ago from my boyfriend’s aunt, and i has made more than a few appearances since then! You can whip this appetizer up in less than 10 minutes and your guests will be raving about it all night long! Spread a thick layer of goat cheese on a board or plate. Top with julienned sun dried tomatoes, roughly chopped kalamata olives, roughly chopped basil & rosemary. Then drizzle with olive oil and VOILA! Serve with crackers and watch it get devoured.
5. Sweet Chili meatballs
This recipe is perfect for a party because you can make them beforehand and let cook while you get everything else ready! All you need to make these sweet chili meatballs is a slow cooker, a bottle and a half of Heinz Chili sauce, one small jar of mango chutney OR grape jelly and 1 bag of frozen meatballs (or you can make your own). Pour the frozen meatballs into the slow cooker along with the Chili sauce and mango chutney. Stir everything together until meatballs are coated. Turn the slow cooker on and let the magic happen!
Wishing you a Happy New Year! And hoping some of the recipes shared will come in handy at your party. Enjoy!