NEW YEAR’S: Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers
Enjoy your New Year’s Day with these crowd-pleasing appetizers. They are easy to make and are wonderful!! Let me know which one is your favorite!
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Can you believe the holidays are almost over. Thanksgiving to New Years is such a whirlwind and I love every bit of it. But I have been crazy busy. So please forgive me for not posting sooner.
This post is about some of the most crowd-pleasing appetizers I have made over the years that are perfect for a New Year’s Day celebration. Mixing in healthy appetizers is important for New Year’s celebrations because people have just come off the holidays and have indulged perhaps a little too much. So here is my New Year’s Day Celebration Appetizer Menu:
- Goat Cheese & Basil Topped w/Roasted Grapes & Toasted Walnuts
- Caprese Skewers drizzled w/Aged Balsamic Vinegar
- Chicken Pate w/Assorted Fresh Vegetables
- Lemon, Garlic Shrimp Skewers
- Bacon Covered Dates
Caprese Skewers are easy to make and great finger food. I either use grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, small mozzarella balls, fresh basil and drizzle an aged balsamic vinegar over them. Fresh, healthy, easy and tasty!!
Chicken pate is an appetizer you can make the day before and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. With this chicken pate I used goat cheese, lemon, garlic and fresh parsley. But you can make it with gorgonzola cheese, basil and walnuts if you prefer. Served with crackers and a variety of fresh vegetables makes it a very healthy choice!
Lemon, garlic, shrimp skewers are a perfect addition to an appetizer table. We grill all year around so I skewered the shrimp and marinaded them in a little olive oil & garlic. Then I grilled the shrimp skewers and the lemon slices for 3 minutes on each side.
Ok, ok, I know I said healthy appetizers but this is everyone’s favorite: Bacon Covered Dates! Cut the bacon slab into thirds, lengthwise. Wrap a piece of bacon around each date, place in baking sheet, cover with tin foil and cook in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until bacon is cooked. I promise you these are one of my most popular appetizers.
Goat Cheese, Basil Topped with Roasted Grapes and Toasted Walnuts
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 45 min
Total Time: 1 hour
8 oz Goat Cheese
4 oz Cream Cheese
½ cup chopped fresh basil
2 T. Heavy Cream
3 cups grapes
1 cup toasted walnuts
Crostinis (toasted bread slices)
1. Mix first 4 ingredients & refrigerate
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees
3. Place individual grapes on baking sheet.
4. Drizzle olive oil over grapes and gently massage oil over all grapes.
5. Bake for 45 minutes or until grapes are slightly shriveled. Bring to room temperature.
6. Plate cheese mixture on top of arugula, then top with grapes. Sprinkle toasted walnuts on top and serve with crostinis.