Three Simple New Year's Eve Recipes

Molly here! Typing with sticky fingers and a stuffed belly (because the best part of coming up with recipes is eating everything!) If you're still looking for great ways to stock the snack table at your new year's party, here are three simple and easy recipes that will help you out. And don't worry–garlic and onions are not involved, so you can stay fresh for your midnight smooch.

 

Speculoos Swirls

{makes 60}

Speculoos spread, a Belgian mind-blower that has the consistency of Nutella and the taste of gingerbread, will add a festive and seasonal flavor to any new year's eve celebration.

Ingredients:

2 sheets of puff pastry

2/3 cup Speculoos or Biscoff spread

1/2 cup mixed berry jam

1 egg

2 teaspoons water

2 teaspoons sugar (preferably turbinado)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Let puff pastry sit at room temperature for ten minutes. Spread the Speculoos and jam evenly over both sheets. Roll up each sheet, wrap in parchment paper, and freeze for ten minutes.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine the water with the egg to form an egg wash.

Remove rolls from freezer, and slice into 1/4-inch disks. Place on baking sheets, one inch apart. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned.

 

Chicks in Blankets

{makes 64}

Go ahead, be that person that parks it at the snack table-- this healthy twist on the classic pigs in a blanket will let you nosh away without the guilt. (Which means you can spend more calories on champagne!)

Ingredients:

4 pre-cooked chicken sausages (try Trader Joe's chicken mango sausages)

1 package of pre-made whole wheat pizza dough (available at Trader Joe's)

1 egg

2 teaspoons of water

To taste: Salt, pepper, rosemary, paprika, and any other seasonings you please!

Mustard for serving

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the water with the egg to form an egg wash.

Slice sausages length wise in quarters, and then slice each quarter into quarters, resulting in 16 pieces per link.

Wrap each piece with pizza dough. Arrange on baking sheets. Brush each with egg wash and sprinkle with seasonings.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until slightly browned.

Serve with as many different kinds of mustard as will physically fit on your snack table.

 

Asparagus Polenta Poppers

{makes 60}

These fun bite-sized snacks are delicious, gluten-free, and sure to keep you partying all night long.

Ingredients:

1 roll of ready-to-cook polenta

2/3 cup chopped asparagus

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine all ingredients.

Using a melon baller, scoop balls onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until slightly browned.