Tomorrow night will a night filled with parties and celebrations to mark the start of 2013. Whether that is a large party with guests or simply a night in with your family, it is always more fun with special food to commemorate the occasion. One way we love to celebrate New Years Eve is with an elaborate dinner at home and a movie we can all enjoy. This typically includes fun appetizers and something we don’t get very often, like king crab!
Hormel Foods has great products and recipes to make quick, easy and delicious mini dishes to fit any New Years menu.
- Turn an ordinary biscuit into a more sophisticated appetizer by filling a mini biscuit with a delicious mixture of Hormel® pepperoni minis, cheese, tomato, mayonnaise and pesto to create Italian Pepperoni Bites.
- Tired of being stuck in the hot kitchen and using the oven all day long? With a preparation time of less than 15 minutes, Chicken and Salsa Tortilla Bites are quick and tasty bite-size wraps that don’t require any baking. Simply combine Hormel® chunk breast of chicken, a vegetable cream cheese of your choice, and CHI-CHI’S® thick & chunky salsa, spread on a tortilla, wrap up and enjoy!
- Give your appetizer selection a bit of upscale flair with these Bacon and Blue Cheese Crostinis. Elegant and flavorful, each crostini is a mouthful of generous portions of bacon and cheese.
I’m always looking for ways to cut corners so I can actually enjoy my guests whether that includes entertaining a crowd or just my family. Who wants to spend the entire evening in the kitchen? Instead, I like to use products like Hormel Real Crumbled Bacon within recipes so I’m not stuck actually having to fry my bacon! It also helps to eliminate waste when I don’t need an entire pound of bacon and saves so much time.
I like to keep this bacon on hand for every day as well. It works great in scrambled eggs, omelets and my husband loves putting this on his cream cheese bagel for the extra protein.
Not familiar with being a host? Hormel has some easy entertaining tips to keep in mind during the holiday season:
- Too many friends and family to host at one time? Have an open house and let them know they can drop by any time between certain hours on one special day.
- Dole out leftovers to guests! Stock-up on take-out containers beforehand and give each guest a special treat when they leave.
- Music is an important part of any party atmosphere. Make sure to create a playlist beforehand with a variety of music styles and genres so everyone can find a song to relate to at some point during the party.When someone offers to bring something, say yes! You can never have too many appetizers or side-dishes so delegate simple dishes like salads to guests.
What is your favorite appetizer that you’ve created or been served at a party? Do you have any entertaining tips that make your parties successful?
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