Woohoo! 2013 is coming to a close, which means it’s time to celebrate!! We personally don’t care to drive on NYE, so we stay home most years, and either have a small group over here, or celebrate by ourselves. Along with celebrating and reflecting on the ending year, and sharing thoughts about the year to come, though, we make lots of awesome food. 🙂 Here are some New Year’s Eve recipes you might enjoy:
1. Cream cheese with green pepper jelly. I’ve really enjoyed sharing our fun canning experiences with my still-urban sis-in-law, whose garden bounty, in many ways, surpassed ours. She and Rick’s brother constructed some raised beds and pulled off an awesome bounty of lettuces, peppers and other goodies, from which she promptly canned a nice “crop” of green pepper jelly. For those of you who’ve never had green pepper jelly, know that it’s delicious, and goes great with nearly any type of basic cracker. To achieve this special look, sis-in-law took a bar of cream cheese, cut it diagonally, flipped the one piece to create a triangle shape, smothered with the jelly (any type of pepper jelly, or even a sweet salsa, like a peach salsa, will work here), and then cut out chunks of red pepper for the ornaments and star. The stem is a simple slice of celery stick. Delish as an appetizer, quick to make, and pretty too!
2. Puppy Chow. In our family, we’ve got certain desserts, appetizers or dishes that we make only on certain occasions, and Puppy Chow is saved for New Year’s Eve. This easy-peasy, tasty treat is a snap to make:
1/2 a stick of real butter
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 t. vanilla
1.5 c. powdered sugar
9 c. rice or corn Chex (a 12 oz. box of cereal will due here)
Pour Chex into large bowl. Melt butter in medium-sized saucepan over low heat. Add in peanut butter and chocolate chips, mixing until fully melted and combined. Remove from heat, add vanilla and mix well. Pour chocolate mixture over Chex, and mix gently and thoroughly with a spoon until all of the cereal is covered with chocolate. Then add the 1.5 c. powdered sugar, and mix well again, making sure to coat all pieces thoroughly. Spread on a cookie sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This treat is easily 15 minutes from start to finish, and goes over well with everyone we serve it to.
3. Homemade potato chip/veggie dip. This recipe came about when we started working to eliminate additives such as MSG and high fructose corn syrup from our diet. The commercial dips were loaded with stuff we couldn’t pronounce and had never heard of, so we started experimenting with stuff at home. This particular dip is always a huge hit with guests. You can find the recipe by clicking here. It’s super easy, and you’ve likely already got all of the ingredients in your house.
4. Turkey roll-ups. Excuse the poor-quality pic here, my camera’s been acting funny and I have absolutely no idea how to fix it. These delightful appetizers are delicious and always a great way for me to get my kids to eat veggies. Simply:
Take a flour tortilla at room temperature. Spread cream cheese onto the half furthest away from you. On the half closest to you, place a thin slice or two of turkey, ham, or roast beef (or skip the meat and do veggies only), top that with thinly sliced cheese, tomato, red onion, cucumber or any other veggie that suites your tastes, keeping the veggies closest to your side of the tortilla. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, roll up tightly (the cream cheese on the furthest half of the tortilla will serve as “glue” to keep it from unrolling), and either serve sliced in half as a sandwich, or sliced thinly as I’ve done here for an appetizer. All party pleasers that are pretty easy to throw together.
What are your big plans/favorite treats for New Year’s Eve?