As we wind down the holiday season, I offer you all what I consider to be the 5 best appetizers to ring in the New Year. These morsels of savory goodness are perfect for casual celebration. They’re easy, tried and true delights that are a standard for gatherings here at The Log Home Kitchen.
Most of us have had our share of spending hours in the kitchen preparing HUGE holiday meals. We’ve shopped ’til we dropped, fought over the last can of green beans on the shelf for that infamous casserole that seems to land on everyone’s table, and have eaten our fair share (mm, maybe more and then some) of scrumptious food requiring us to wear pants with elastic waistbands.
So let’s take it a bit easier as we ring in the New Year. I’m pulling out some of the best, and unique, appetizers from The Log Home Kitchen archives to enjoy with family and friends. Just click on the links above each photo for the recipes. Here we go!
Convenient frozen meatballs are baked, then drenched in a savory cream sauce infused with my favorite herb blend. These mouth-sized teasers won’t last long, so you might want to double the recipe.
All you need are THREE ingredients. Yep, just 3 ingredients to make these delectable little nibbles. They’re simple, bite-sized sweet and savory bundles of cream-cheese baked in pre-made pastry dough, then topped with a fruity prepared chutney.
Don’t let this elegant little number intimidate you. It’s EASY, but your guests don’t need to know. A mixture of ricotta cheese, eggs, cream, herbs, and garlic are baked atop a light breadcrumb crust. Serve with crackers for extra ease.
These show up alot during football season for my armchair fans. They’re also perfect for those New Year guests that need a little spank to their palate. Bake them to a crisp sizzle, and don’t forget a prepared dipping sauce like bleu cheese or ranch dressing. Be sure to offer plenty of napkins, too!
Tucked inside pieces of cut prepared pastry dough are meatballs and cheddar cheese. Your guests will be surprised when they sink their teeth into these one-bite wonders. A prepared 1000 Island Dressing on the side is perfect for dipping.
Feel free to pass around the recipes and have a “potluck” of finger foods to enjoy as you ring in the New Year. Don’t forget to pass around the bubbly!
Do you have any special New Year’s traditions? Let us in on what you like to do to celebrate.
Happy New Year to everyone, and may it be a joyous, healthy and prosperous one!