NYE Finger Foods
We are hosting a small group of 6 people for NY's. I usually do several plates of finger foods so everyone can pick throughout the night as they see fit. However, this year, we have 2 folks who have an aversion to shellfish (my original plan was to do a lobster/mango salad lettuce cups, fried oysters, shrimp cocktail, etc). So I'm in need of some new ideas. I have a few ideas from years past I am going to use...fried brie in wonton wrappers, open faced steak sandwiches...and thats about it. One of our other guests is a pescatarian so I need to make sure I have enough options for him as well. Maybe a goat cheese, fig, and honey drizzled open faced?
I have been looking through my cookbooks and feeling uninspired....any ideas from the hounds?
"aversion to shellfish" as in you can't serve it in any form because they'll gag being in sight of it? or aversion, as in you don't want to serve a lot of it...
You could do stuffed Mushrooms.
Or Mushroom Stuffed Endives http://www.grouprecipes.com/65139/mushroom-and-endive-salad-with-toasted-walnuts.html
Or these lovely stuffed Endives: http://goodthingscatered.blogspot.com...
Perhaps (for the non-pescatarian) some prosciutto wrapped melon bites.
Ratatouille Wrapped in Filo Dough and baked til golden
Deviled Eggs always go over well, and you could do several interesting variations
Perhaps skewered bites of a cherry tomato, mozzarella ball, and a basil shard in between the two, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Mini quiche bites
Blini topped with a dollop of sour cream and caviar
Pumpernickel round topped with a dollop of cream cheese, lox, capers, and a drizzle of lemon juice
Are mini-sliders too much work for you?
Asparagus Roll-ups - roll up asparagus with parmesan or asiago in puff pastry and bake, then drizzle and serve with hollandaise or lemon-butter
Chicken Satay on skewers
Mini-phyllo cups filled with Spinach-Artichoke-Cheese dip/mixture or Sundried Tomatoes and Feta
Ina Garten's stuffed mushrooms
fried chickpeas (i've never tried with sage, but with paprika is delish) - http://www.chow.com/recipes/11203
herbed potato bites w/ goat cheese - http://www.whiteonricecouple.com/gardening/roasted-klondike-rose-potatoes-herbed-goat-cheese-thyme/
Spankitopia bites - http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/blog/...
I'm still narrowing down my menu (just 4 of us) but these are still in the running - simple, comfort food with a classy & gourmet twist!
For a recent holiday party I made an app that came out great and will be repeated as soon as possible. It was based on the epicurious recipe Vermont Cheddar Cheese and Herbed Twists, but I used different cheeses and used a thin spread of onion confit for one of the layers. The basic technique of layering in fillings into the dough seems very flexible. I did bake them longer than the recipe calls for since some of the comments indicated that they can get soggy.