I don't know about you, but I am tired of cranberries, and sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I am tired of turkey and maple anything and if I ate ham, probably ham. Add sugar to this list. I am so sugared out and I never thought I would admit that! I am almost ready for healthy food but I still have one more event to get through! Yeah. I know you know what I'm talking about.
The New Year is upon us. We best start preparing now. It's time to strut the stuff and have some fun. No religion, but a lot of praying...you know the kind of praying that you mumble deep inside, about keeping all those resolutions. Yeah. I know. We all do it. Right? This is the year I 'm going to officially lose weight and pay off my bills and believe in myself more. I'm going to have more strength because I'm going to exercise more. Yeah. I'm just sayin'...let's do it after we eat some of these!
My goal is to keep simplifying. That means food, too. I have a tendency to overdo when I have company over and sometimes I get worn out before they even arrive. This has got to change. So I came up with some new simple appetizer bites to get the party rolling. These are a bit more sophisticated than a dip, which means I have to be a bit more polite when I chow. I love dips-but it seems I gorge on dips. Give me one of these bites and I feel I can restrain myself. After all, they are a bit more substantial.
They are quick to prepare and no cooking involved. They are easy on your waistline as long as you don't overdue, which I guess is true of most food! Figure 6-8 per person if it's a cocktail party, and 4-6, if it's a dinner party. If you are making all 5 of these for a cocktail party of 8; make 12 of each and you will have a few extra. Though I doubt it! That's enough math for now! With food like this it's not hard to be the host or hostess with the mostest! And if you don't feel like assembling all of them, just place one on a platter with all of the components and have folks make their own.
Whole Foods has lots of good things to make this easy. Take a look and see what you can come up with. I'm telling you that I could have come up with lots of flavor combinations but Manservant kept eyeing my plates and asking if this was lunch. He's not one to let a good thing escape. Yeah. I know. He did catch me!
Plan ahead and have a great new year!
Caesar Salad Crostini
12 crostinis (Whole Foods are really good!)
Parmesan Cheese Crisps (Buy or make your own)
Romaine Lettuce (A few leaves cut into a chiffonade or thin ribbons.)
Anchovies (If desired)
2 minced garlic cloves
1T lemon juice or 1/2 a lemon squuezed
1/2 t worcestershire sauce
1/4 t dijon mustard
3/4 t anchovy paste
2 T mayonnaise
3 grinds of black pepper
Combine until smooth. Use a tiny spoonful on top of lettuce. Or feel free to use your favorite Caesar dressing!
Parmesan Fricos or Cheese Crisps
Preheat oven to 325. Spread 2 c of grated parmesan cheese in a 10" parchment lined square pan. Bake about 15-20 minutes until golden. Let cool and break into random pieces.
Take 1 crostini. Place a few ribbons of romaine on top. Put a small dollop of Caesar dressing. Top with a piece of parmesan frico. Add an anchovy of you'd like.
Apricot, Blue Cheese and Chorizo Bites
12 Apricot halves
12 small pieces of Blue Cheese (I use a Rogue River blue)
12 thinly sliced dried rounds of chorizo
Honey for drizzling
Pistachios for garnish
Layer in the order above.
Potato Chip/Bacon/Goat Cheese/ Red Chile Bites
12 Sturdy Potato Chips
3 Slices of Cooked Thick Peppered Bacon cut into 4 pieces each (I used my candied bacon cooked in strips on a rack)
12 dollops of goat cheese
12 dollops of red chile jam
Green Onion for Garnish
Blue Corn Chips with Salmon and Chile Sauce
12 Spicy Blue Corn Chips
12 pieces of peppered salmon
Cilantro for garnish
2 T mayonnaise
1 T sour cream
1 1/2 t chopped chipotle pepper
1 T sweet red chile sauce
Mix together and use for dollop.
Assemble in order listed!
Smoked Salmon on a Potato Chip with a Caper Sauce
12 Sturdy potato chips
12 pieces of peppered smoked salmon or lox
Caper Sauce (Mix together 2 T sour cream, 1 1/2 t drained capers, 1/4 t Dijon mustard)
Sprig of dill for garnish and taste!
Assemble in order listed.
Other Fun Appetizers: