New Years Eve is right up there on my favorite holidays list. A holiday where you get to eat junk food all night while partying it up with friends and/or family, what’s not to love. Most of my family members live a couple thousand miles away from me on the west side of the country. I do however have two siblings who have also found themselves on the Eastern end of the Continent for one reason or another. This year my little family and I will be making the trek to my sister Merry’s house…six hour drive…the kids especially love that part (can you hear the sarcasm?). It will be worth it though. I’m not sure if Josh, the other sibling out here, is going to make it up for the party.
What I do know is that there will be some awesome snacks, and a major game fest. My husband is all ready reading the dictionary getting ready for a long awaited game of Scrabble with Merry’s husband. Nerds :). I would much rather play, Farkle, Settlers and Knights of Catan, Rummikub, Ticket to Ride or something else a little less nerdy then Scrabble.
While my husbands main concern may be whether or not “spurious” is a word, or how many points he could get for “xenophile”, mine is definitely; WHAT WILL WE BE EATING?
On our Table
Well, I promised my sister I would make piña coladas.
If you don’t like piña coladas but you think an icy drink sounds good, try this party slush. It’s a family favorite.
Merry also wants to make water chestnut, wrapped in bacon appetizers. This recipe is almost exactly like what I do, I just roll them in sugar after I wrap the bacon around them. YUMMMMM! (I have also heard it is way yummy to wrap bite size pieces of chicken in bacon, drizzle them with honey and then bake.) That sounds delicious!
Merry’s family hasn’t had the cranberry salsa I posted a couple weeks ago, so we better have that too.
You can be sure there will be chewy chex mix if Josh comes.
Lil’ Smokies will probably find there way into the crock pot (BBQ sauce and a big spoonful of grape or plum jelly make a nice sauce for them.)
My friend Honoree, yes that is her real name, is a really awesome cook. I have had more then a few totally life changing meals at her house. This will not be the last time you hear me talk about her recipes. I was just talking to her and asked her what her favorite appetizer on New Years Eve is. It was hard to get her to pick just one. She is a kindred spirit as far as loving food goes and I could hear the love in here voice when she was describing this dish. I will definitely be trying this out on Thursday night.
Brie and Caramelized Red Onion w/Baguette1/2 cube butter 1 red onion (cut quartered style to make wedge shaped pieces) 1 wedge brie 1 baguette Saute red onion in butter until onions have caramelized and become sweet. Place Brie on an oven safe dish and pour onions onto brie and warm in a 325 degree oven until brie is softened. You don’t want it to melt, so watch it closely. Spread cheese and onion on slices of baguette. Mmmmm that sounds so yummy!
There are a million different things you could make for your own New Years Eve parties. I think most of us have traditional snacks that we have every year, I know we always get spray cheese and crackers. One of the things I want to add to our snack table this year are those cute little pretzel, Hershey Kiss, M&M treats. I found this tutorial for them. I’m going to use Rolo’s with a Peanut Butter M&M on top though, because I love Take 5 candy bars and I think this may get me a similar result.
Now it’s your turn! What will be on your table New Year’s Eve? Leave a link in the comments!
What ever you end up eating on New Years Eve, I hope you have a great night and find yourself with people you love and care about. Goodbye for now. See you in 2010.