do ahead appetizers
I am planning a cocktail party for New Year's Eve and would to know some of your favorite appetizers that I can prepare in advance. They can be hot, cold or room temperature. I just want to be able to set them out so I can enjoy the rest of the evening. Thanks in advance!
Goat cheese fritters served at room temperature.
Form goat cheese patties; dip in flour, egg, and bread crumbs and fry in extra virgin olive oil.
Serve with a vinaigrette made with honey, mustard, brown sugar, oil and vinegar.
Drizzle the fritters with the vinaigrette and top with dried cranberries.
Some easy, low fuss ideas:
- antipasti platter
- a selection of interesting cheeses
- various dips, dunks and spreads
- smoked fish
- cooked, chilled shrimp with a variety of sauces
I make little puff pastry pinwheels that can be served hot or room temp. I use thawed frozen puff pastry, roll it out a bit, spread with various filling combos, roll up the puff pastry (it can be wrapped in plastic and chilled a day or two at this point) then cut off slices and bake at 375 till golden (15-20 minutes or so).
- blue cheese & roasted garlic mashed into softened cream cheese and sprinkled with chopped candied nuts
- mashed brie, cream cheese and roasted red peppers or sundried tomato bits
- raw spicy sausage or Italian sausage (slipped out of the casing)
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