Now that the turkey left-overs are getting tired - it's time to start thinking about New Year's Eve finger food! Here's a delicious and healthy appetizer idea. This recipe was first introduced to me at a friend's Christmas gathering and I have made it several times since then. It's always festive looking and very easy to put together. We are invited to a New Year's Eve Party and I'll be making this for sure.
Make kabobs with mini boccocini cheese balls, fresh basil leaves and cherry tomatos on a toothpick or small wooden kabob stick. Arrange mini kabobs on platter and drizzle with a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.
Balsamic Vinegar Reduction:
2 Cups of a good quality Balsamic Vinegar ( i.e. Modena, Italy)
¼ Cup sugar
Pinch of salt
Over medium high heat bring to a rolling boil – stir until sugar is dissolved and continue to cook until reduced to 1/3 Cup or to desired consistency to drizzle. Do not overcook as this thickens more as it cools and is very potent. A little goes a long way. This is delicious drizzled on fresh strawberries or watermelon as well!
Another favourite appetizer that I make often is this Sour Dough Bread dip recipe that I got many years ago from my SIL Angela. Certainly a family favourite!
Sour Dough Bread Dip
2 Tins Flaked Ham
1 Small jar Hellman’s Mayonnaise
1 Container Sour Cream
1 Tbsp. Dill Weed
1 tsp. *Beau Monde (get this at the bulk food store – it’s a mixture of spices)
1 Tbsp. grated onion
Mix the above ingredients and pour into a hallowed out round sour dough loaf. Serve with the remaining bread - cubed. Raw veggies as dippers are also delicious.
HAPPY, HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE! I am looking forward to 2012 with much joy and anticipation!