End of the Year Splurgy Party Food

I don’t know about you, but I love doing casual food on Christmas Day.  I do love the Thanksgiving-y spread, but 2 times in one month is overwhelming.  For Christmas, I like to pick a few appetizers that JD, the kids, and I can graze on all day.  We like to start the day with a big breakfast, including an egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, and fruit.  Then we usually have some kind of hot dip and a few other types of indulgent party food to snack on the rest of the day while we enjoy the time off.  For that reason, I decided to share some really great appetizers and party food that will be perfect for a casual Christmas Day or to bring to a New Years’ Eve party.

  1. How Sweet Eats:  Roasted Red Pepper and Bacon Goat Cheese Truffles.  I love the idea of a savory “truffle.”  These are more like mini-cheeseballs, and isn’t that a fun idea?  Once you have the idea of these down, you could change up the flavor any way you would a regular-sized cheeseball (sundried tomatoes, olives, ham, pineapple, pecans, almonds, parsley…any combination!).gctruffles-5-480x569


2.  Diethood:  Pizzadillas. This is more of a cute idea for the kids.  As much as I would devour a goat cheese truffle or a pear tart, the kids…no.  Kids love a new combination as much as we do as long as it uses their favorite flavors.



3.  Home in the Finger Lakes:  Olive Cheese Bread.  I need to save this for a night with people who like olives because JD will not eat them…maybe for a ladies’ wine night!olive-cheese-bread-1-4.jpg


4.  Food, Folks, and Fun:  Chicken and Waffle Sliders.  Have you ever hosted a party, and the guests devour the easiest dish first?  That’s what happened with these.  I made them for Beau’s First Birthday Party, and everyone raved about them.  It’s barely a recipe, and more of just assembling parts.  I didn’t drizzle the maple syrup because it looked too messy.  Instead I just poured some into a small dish and placed it in the center of the serving platter.


4.  Plain Chicken:  Cream Cheese Sausage Balls.  My grandmother used to make these every Christmas.  I consider it traditional southern appetizer food.  If you’ve never tried these, do it this year!  They are a little spicy, but not so much that kids will avoid them.  img_8092


5.  Spend with Pennies:  Jalapeno Popper Dip.  I’ve made this a few times as an alternative to my go-to Spinach and Artichoke Dip.  I love it!Jalapeno-Popper-Dip-24.jpg


6.  Crave Cook Click:  Paneer Naan Pizza.  This is another adult appetizer.  I love love Indian food, and one of my food goals this year is to make my own paneer.  Paneer is a cheese used in Indian cooking.  It’s sort of the consistency of feta or ricotta salada, and it does not melt. img_1785-660x440


7.  Home & Plate:  Pear Tart with Goat Cheese, Rosemary, and Honey.   This is sort of a play on the flavors of my Arugula Salad with Goat Cheese Medallions and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette.  It’s a delicious flavor combination.download.jpg


9.  Creme de la Crumb:  Spinach and Artichoke Dip Stuffed Mushrooms.  Two of my favorite appetizers combined into one.  You know I love Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, but I may have to forgo them in favor of this, at least one time.spinarti-stuffed-mushrooms-3w


10.  Martha Stewart:  Easy Cardamom-Orange Chocolate Truffles.  The thought of orange and chocolate used to sound so gross to me.  I tried one of those chocolate oranges as a kid and hated it.  But when I tried the flavors together again as an adult, I was surprised at how they complement each other.  Truffles are a perfect party food because they don’t require utensils, and people can have as many or as few as they want.qc_0998_desert_vert.jpg


What do you do for food on Christmas Day and New Year’s? 




    1. Me too! The olive cheese bread has been calling to me for months, but I can’t justify making it until I get some olive-loving friends together.


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