Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Year's Party Appetizers

Happy Monday!!

New Year's Eve signifies the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It's a time to reflect on the past and determine how to better yourself in the coming year, and set some new goals.  It also is a the time to cram every last bit of holiday indulgence into your system.  Can I get a woot woot!?!

On New Year's Eve I look forward to all of the appetizers.  If you've got a decent amount of appetizers at a party, then there is no need for a main course.  Also, in my opinion, apps make THE best drunk food.  May I get another woot woot?

Today I have for you two party-perfect appetizers that are sure to be crowd and belly pleasers. 

First Up:

Baked Potato Bites

What you will need for 8:

1) 1 large potato - cut into 1/2 inch slices
2) Sour cream - enough to have 1 dollop of sour cream on each slice of potato
3) 1 cup of chopped, fully cooked bacon
4) 5 scallions- chopped
5) Shredded cheddar jack cheese for sprinkling

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cook the bacon in a frying pan until crispy, and set aside.  Chop the scallions and set aside with the bacon.  Cut your potatoes into 1/2 inch slices and line up on an oiled baking pan.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil before baking.

Bake the potatoes for 35-40 minutes, or until they are soft.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Once the potatoes have cooled, spoon a dollop of sour cream onto each slice, and top with scallions, bacon and cheese.


Whose manhands are those, you ask??  Mine *sob*

Next Up:

Buffalo Chicken Wontons

What you will need for about 2 dozen:

1) 2 thin-cut chicken breasts
2) 8 oz. of cream cheese at room temperature
3) 1/2 cup of buffalo sauce
4) Handful of cheddar jack cheese
5) 1 package of wonton wrappers

Sprinkle the chicken breast with salt and pepper and cook on a small frying pan.  Let cool for 10 minutes.  Once the chicken has cooled, shred and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the cream cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded chicken and cheese until well combined.  Take one wonton wrapper and fill the center with a small spoonful of the buffalo dip.  Wet the edges of the wrapper with water and pinch the wrapper closed.  Set aside and repeat with the remaining wrappers and mixture.  I put each wrapper in a mini cupcake pan so that they kept their shape while I was working on the others and while they baked.

This mixture also makes a great dip if you are not a fan of wonton wrappers.  Use the same recipe as above and spread evenly into a small pan.  Sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese or bleu cheese, and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.

xoxo Jillian