So, if you’re still looking for ideas for party foods for your New Years entertaining, hopefully you will find inspiration from some of the following. Finger foods always seem to be the best call for a large party. For one thing, who wants to have dozens of dishes to wash up afterwards. With finger foods, small paper plates or a stack of napkins will do just fine.
Dips? Dips sort of go without saying,… and things to scoop them up with of course. AND, how about offering some healthy alternatives for scoopers? Crudités are just the ticket. What are Crudités you may well ask. Why that’s just a fancy French word for cut up vegetables. Now, some veggies are appropriate and some are not, and of course, some are standard, and perhaps just a tad on the boring side. Celery and carrot sticks are of course a given, but you can do better than that, not that there’s anything wrong with carrots and celery.
For your Crudités, think outside the box. Celery and carrot sticks, fine, but think sweet ripe peppers, now available in a delightful array of brilliant colors. Mushrooms. Raw mushrooms make great dippers, as do cauliflower florets. Raw broccoli florets however seem just a tad too “green,” to me. I always very lightly blanch broccoli before putting it on a dipping tray. Below is a list of veggies appropriate for dipping, some raw, some need light blanching.
Asparagus tips, tender and young
Broccoli florets (they could use a bit of blanching)
Cauliflower florets (sometimes they could use a bit of blanching)
Green beans – (sometimes they could use a bit of blanching)
Sweet potato slices
Sweet purple onion rings
Now, there are a lot of dips on the market and some of them are pretty good. Most however will be saturated with sodium, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. There are many dips that you definitely don’t need to be a rocket scientists to achieve… guacamole is a no brainer: squish up ripe avocados, add a bit of lemon, salt and minced cilantro and you’ve got a decent guacamole. If you want to taker it further, here is a good recipe. http://www.thequestingfeast.com/Guacamole.html You can make many excellent dips just by adding stuff to either mayonnaise or sour cream.
A classic anti pasta tray is another excellent and easy way to entertain. Basically, you just open cans. Sure, many places sell made up anti pasta trays. Why pay someone else a lot of money to open cans and slice salami and cheese. If you have access to a decent deli you’re all set. Just purchase, a selection of nice cheeses, and deli meats: salami, ham, turkey breast, prosciutto etc. and arrange them on a platter interspersed with olives, marinated mushrooms, marinated roasted ripe peppers, canned smoked oysters or clams, sprats or sardines, oooooo, and of course, marinated artichoke hearts. You might even want to add a few hard boiled eggs, cut into quarters, and sprinkled with a bit of dill weed, salt and pepper. Add some bread sticks, some good crackers, pretzels, perhaps a baguette cut into thin slices or some pita chips and you are set… and not dishes, well,… few dishes the next day.
For more dip ideas, and finger food ideas in general, visit this page of my website, The Questing Feast: