New Year'e Eve is gonna be a chill night at home, so I'm definitely thinking of what kind of snacks I'll need to get me through the night. My favorite NYE foods just so happen to be finger foods, so I found four easy recipes for my NYE menu: fried pickles, bacon and pineapple wrapped shrimp, sweet-salty-spicy nuts and caramel fondue, which all go nicely with must-have charcuterie. Yum!
Check out the recipes below!
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup freshly chopped dill
2 tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1 cup pickle slices, patted dry with paper towels
Ranch dressing, for dipping
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a shallow bowl, stir together bread crumbs, dill, melted butter, garlic powder, and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Put flour in another shallow bowl. In a third bowl, beat eggs.
Working in batches, toss pickles in flour until lightly coated, then dip in eggs, then toss in panko mixture until fully coated.
Place pickles on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden and crispy, about 15 minutes.
Serve with ranch.
Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Shrimp
12 shrimp deveined
1/4 fresh pineapple cut into bite sized chunks or one 14-ounce can pineapple chunks in natural juice, drained
6 slices center-cut bacon, cut in 1/2 crosswise
12 wooden toothpicks
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Holding a shrimp, nest a chunk of pineapple in the natural curve of the shrimp then wrap bacon around the shrimp and pineapple and secure with a wooden toothpick.
Wrap and secure all 12 shrimp then add to the hot pan and cook 3 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp and shrimp are opaque and firm.
1 cup untoasted walnut halves
1 cup untoasted pecan halves
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted almonds
1 cup unsalted, dry roasted cashews
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.
Combine walnut halves, pecan halves, almonds, and cashews in a large bowl. Add salt, black pepper, cumin, and cayenne pepper; toss to coat.
Heat sugar, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until the butter is melted. Cook for 1 minute and remove from heat. Slowly pour butter mixture over the bowl of nuts and stir to coat.
Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
Bake nuts in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir nuts until the warm syrup coats every nut. Spread into a single layer, return to the oven, and bake until nuts are sticky and roasted, about 6 minutes.
Allow to cool before serving.
Salted Caramel Fondue
30 soft caramels, unwrapped
1/3 cup heavy cream or whole milk
Pinch of flaky sea salt
Green apple slices for dipping
Graham crackers for dipping
Pretzels for dipping
In a small saucepan, combine soft caramels and heavy cream over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until the caramel is melted, about 15 minutes.
Stir in flaky sea salt.
Serve warm with green apples, graham crackers and pretzels for dipping.
What snack will you have on deck for your NYE celebration?