I love New Year’s Eve. It’s a time when I reflect on the year behind and set goals for the year ahead. It’s a moment to foster my inner gratitude and focus on hopes for the future. I love celebrating this moment in the year with friends and family—amidst delicious food, of course! This year we’re all bringing appetizers, and I’m debating what to make.
One meatball appetizer that my husband loves is tasty and easy. You combine one bag of frozen Simek’s meatballs with one jar of plain shrimp sauce and a jar of seedless raspberry jam. Heat and serve.
Pizza lovers will devour “Torri’s Pepperoni Loaf.”
- Thaw a loaf of frozen bread dough for about 2-hours and roll it out to cookie-sheet size
- Mix 2 beaten eggs, 1 tsp oregano and 1 tsp garlic powder
- Brush more than 1/2 of the egg mixture over the dough
- Layer 6 ounces small sliced pepperoni and 1/2 lb grated mozzarella over the dough
- Roll it up jelly-roll fashion (short end rolled to the middle, the other short end rolled to the middle so they meet)
- Brush the top with remaining egg mixture
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees
- Serve with spaghetti sauce
If you search for recipes on line, you’ll find a plethora of chili and cheese, artichoke, sun-dried tomato, and crab dips—all popular choices at parties. My favorite artichoke dip is a breeze to make:
- Combine the following ingredients and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes
- 1 box frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
- 1 can chopped artichoke hearts
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 package cream cheese
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1/8 cup bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/8 tsp pepper
My friend Barb likes to buy refrigerated croissants and fill them with a ham and cheddar or roast beef and cream cheese mixture. You roll up the croissants, slice them, and bake per the instructions on the container.
If you want to bring a healthy option, you could make a fruit salad, assemble fruit skewers, or bring mixed nuts or trail mix. Hummus with raw vegetables and pita bread, veggie pizza, quinoa salad, and edamame (soy beans) are tasty, nutritious options.
If your party will include children, think of kid-friendly favorites like chicken fingers, celery with peanut butter and raisins, sweet potato fries, and mini pizzas.