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Your easiest, lowest-maintenance, delicious New Year's Eve casual party type-dishes

So sorry, I know this has been asked and answered probably a hundred different ways over the years, maybe already even this year, but I'm looking for some super delicious super low-effort nosh-y type food for a small gathering for New Years Eve. It will be all adults, but all family, so while I want the food to be delicious, I don't need for it to be really fancy or impressive just surprisingly delicious for a small amount of effort.

I was think of doing goodhealthgourmet's famous black bean dip,

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5881...

and maybe that chocolate torte from Italian Easy (or is it Italian Too Easy??? Can't remember which...) http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

Maybe the La Brea Tar Pit chicken wings from the YELLOW Gourmet "yesterday" cookbook.

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

What else do I need?

Thank you so much for your ideas! And Happy New Year to all of you!

~TDQ

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  1. I've made variations of those wings and they're delicious.

    What about a smoked salmon mousse? I mix it up ahead of time and put it in a zip lock bag. Snip the corner and pipe onto cucumber round, toast, bagel bits, etc.

    My favorite is to devein shrimp, put a sliver of jalapeno in that, wrap in bacon, secure w/ toothpick, place on baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to go. Sprinkle w/ brown sugar and bake, about 425 for about 10-12 mins. It's spicy, sweet, salty in one nice bite. For kids (and big adults), use hot dogs instead of shrimp and omit jalapeno.

    If you live near a Costco, you could do a very easy panzanella salad--buy their crusty bread and cut into bite sized pieces, toss w/ olive oil, salt and bake in oven, cool. Using their bocconcini in oil and herbs, toss w/ balsamic vinegar and grape/cherry tomatoes. Mix w/ bread and toss. Add prosciutto before serving, if desired. It doesn't have to be Costco food but their bocconcini makes it easy because it has the olive oil and herbs.

    Happy new year!

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    1. re: chowser

      Do you have a favorite recipe for that smoked salmon mousse, chowser?

      ~TDQ

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        I fool around w/ it, but something along these lines:

        http://allrecipes.com/recipe/smoked-s...

        I've also done it w/ creme fraiche, capers, finely chopped onions, whatever catches my eye. Just mix and taste. Use the cream or creme fraiche to get the consistency you want.

    2. Perhaps Epi's Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms? Easy to make ahead of time and just put them in the oven before guests arrive...these are mighty delish!

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      1. Spinning off on the two prior threads - both of these apps are so yummy and easy.

        Stuffed jalapeno poppers - Filling is simply a mixture of cream cheese and bacon. Topping is a mixture of panko and grated parm. Split in 1/2 and and derib and deseed. Fill each and then dip the stuffed jalapeño into the panko crumb mixture cream cheese side down. Bake for approx. 15-20 minutes at 375. You can also run under the broil to brown the panko.

        Stuffed Mushrooms:
        2 packages of 8 oz cream cheese blocks
        1 package of dry ranch seasoning (dry dressing packet)
        1/4 cup mayo
        2 tablespoons minced onion
        2 tablespoons dry parsley
        1/4 cup grated cheese
        Blend all of the ingredients together. Stuff the mushrooms and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
        Use 3 packages of mushrooms and there may be a few mushrooms left over.

        (If you wanted to cook both at the same time, I would also put the poppers in at 350 and adjust time accordingly).

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          1. One of my favorite recipes, always impresses my guests. Incredibly simple, and delicious. Pistachios can be changed for walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, or almonds. I think the color of pistachios looks best though.

            Grape truffles with goat cheese and pistachios
            Yield: 6-8 servings
            Pistachio nuts, shelled, rough chopped 1 cup (1½ pounds)
            Goat cheese 8 ounces
            Grapes, seedless, stems removed and wiped clean 24 each
            1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
            2. Spread nuts on an un-greased baking sheet and toast in the oven for 7-9 minutes. Remove from the oven allow to cool. In the blender or food processor process nuts until finely chopped.
            3. Put a ½ tablespoon of the goat cheese in the palm of one hand an in it roll a grape, shaping the mixture around the grape to coat it. Repeat the process with the remaining grapes and chill on a sheet pan for 30 minutes.
            4. Roll the cheese-coated grapes in the nut mixture to cover completely and chill for 30 minutes or until the coating is firm.

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            1. re: Marianinha

              I've never heard of grape truffles. They sound amazing!

              ~TDQ