It’s New Year’s Eve and I have some last-minute appetizer ideas for you! All of them are really simple to throw together, hearty, delicious, and in the last case filled with good luck for a fabulous new year!
Every year on New Year’s we have a group of local friends and some who come from out-of-state to gather at an enormous cabin close by where we celebrate the new year together. This year’s celebration isn’t starting until Friday night, since it was better for everyone to get together on the weekend, rather than the middle of the week.
Because of that, my brain has not been focused on the real New Year’s Eve. But these appetizers I have rounded up from the archives for you are all great last-minute additions to your celebrating for tonight.
The first on the list is Slyders. Because who can resist those little square burgers when one has been indulging in a sip or two of New Year’s cheer? And in this case, no drinking and driving; you can have these at home and they are really, really simple to prepare!
Next up is an absolute favorite around our house and with so many of my friends! People beg me to make this simple dip! It is full of flavor, assembled really quickly, the guys love it and it has bacon. Everything is better with P’s Bacon Tomato Dip! Serve it with crackers and an assortment of vegetables and you’ll have happy New Year’s noshers!
Then, what celebration would be complete without some Authentic Buffalo Chicken Wings? Now, I realize that if you fry your own wings this would be a little time-consuming, especially if you are having a crowd tonight, but here’s a tip for you. Visit your local market deli and purchase some plain fried chicken wings. It’s simple then to take those pre-cooked wings home, make the sauce and dip the wings. Quick, easy, done. And everyone will thing you’ve slaved over frying a bunch of wings!
Finally, around here New Year’s Day is just not happening unless there are some black-eyed peas consumed. It is a Southern tradition that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day will bring to you a prosperous new year. Since a lot of people are skeptical about black-eyed peas, I came up with this fabulous, cheesy, slightly spicy Black-Eyed Pea Dip to make them more appealing. Not a single person will refrain from eating their lucky black-eyed peas if you serve them in dip form!
This past year has seen many changes for me; 2013 was a real joy and a real challenge and I look forward to what 2014 has in store for me. I wish you all a joyful 2014.
Finally, a word from the pro: When opening champagne, always grip the cork with one hand and the bottle with the other, then, turn the bottle, not the cork. Perfect opening every. single. time. *big smile*
Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!