New Year’s Eve is just a couple days away and I am finally finding myself with enough gumption to plan a menu! I needed a few down days after Christmas to reset my brain after the shopping and celebrating frenzy. Thanks to some warm and cozy sweater time spent on the cushy couch, I am game for hosting another party!
There is no need to reinvent the wheel, so I simply selected the appetizer category on the blog and scrolled through my past recipes to find these fabulous five! We are looking forward to a small get together with a few friends and kids. I think these recipes will suit a variety of ages and food preferences with a little wiggle room for creativity from the consumer!
First of all, Queso Fundido makes a large dish of cheesy, meaty deliciousness. Eckert’s homemade chorizo sausage is a stand out with our homemade tortilla chips for dipping. This dish is fun to serve and filling.
Our recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Appetizers can be completely personalized to your liking. I am planning to prebake the potato slices and serve the toppings a la carte. A DIY station comprised of little bowls of shredded cheese, chopped scallions, bacon pieces, bacon jam and sour cream in a piping bag will attract the attention of the kids and adults alike!
Next up, I love the Apple Butter Meatballs because they have a sweet and savory-ness to them. They can be made ahead, then warmed up and held in the crock pot. Love that!
Apple nachos are easy and fun to make! Dress them up with your favorite toppings as well. I think I will let the kids help me make this one. I will give them choices of chocolate chips, granola, marshmallows, melted caramel, chocolate sauce and slivered almonds. (Don’t forget to dip your apple slices in a bowl with 2 cups of water and 1/8 tsp of salt to prevent browning.)
And last but not least, Mac and Cheese Bites are perfect for all ages. This recipe turns a favorite comfort food into a two-bite appetizer.
Now that I have my menu planned, I need to get working on my sparkling and still wine selections. I will be strolling around our wine department at Eckert’s to see what is new. I know I want to pick up an inexpensive sparkling wine to serve with cranberry juice and frozen, sugared raspberries. My sister-in-law served this on Christmas Eve and I am still thinking about it!!!
Hope you give one or more of these recipes a try this new year. Wishing you a tasty start to 2017!!
Eat well in the New Year,