While those of you hosting New Years Eve parties this year will no doubt already have your menus planned, if you happen to be staying in with friends or family, it might be nice to make a few special nibbles to serve alongside the champagne as the clock strikes midnight. While last year I spend New Years Eve with my best friend Kathryn and some of our friends at Alberry's in Canterbury, an amazing underground wine bar, usually (and sometimes with Kathy staying over too) I spend New Years Eve with my parents, drinking champagne and nibbling on goodies while we watch Big Ben and the annual fireworks ring in the New Year. As I am in Los Angeles this year and don't really have anyone but myself to make festive canapés for, I thought instead I'd gather together a few ideas for what you could whip together for your friends and family to enjoy!
The key to a good Christmas or New year canapé is for it to not only taste great, but for it to look pretty and seasonal too. I love all the red and green in these Cranberry Brie Bites, as well as the flavours combination being bang on and festive too. However, what I love best about this recipe is the pretty frosting on the berries!
While this recipe is a bit more lavish rather than quick, if you've got the time and resources, I think my telling you that this is from Katie Quinn Davis' blog What Katie Ate will be enough to make you realise that it will be worth the effort. Anyway, all the flavours sound perfect, and quail is such a sweet, special and delicate game bird that if you're going to treat yourself to it sometime, it might as well be at Christmas!
While I don't actually like cheese, for some reason I like my mothers cheese straws (I don't think she puts much in them), and to me they are a New Years Eve staple. For people who actually like the yellow stuff, however, I think these star shaped baked cheddar crackers would make the perfect, easy to make accompaniment to the obligatory glass of champagne you will do doubt be quaffing on Monday night.
Ever since I fell in love with fried zucchini pieces (my all time favourites are the Courgette Fries at Byron Burger) I have thought that they are the perfect accompaniment to everything. This version is also super healthy, in case you wanted to start the New Year as you mean to go on, healthy eating wise!
Finally I thought I'd include one of the first recipes off of this blog (my photography has improved somewhat since then, but in my defence I was nursing a burnt arm making these at the time, one year on I still have the cooking scar!) from my Christmas Eve post last year, these super quick, super easy and super delicious Honey & Mustard Cocktail Sausages. If you click through to the post, you can also take a peek at what my usual traditional Christmas tree looks like, as this year is the only year I'm not having one to take new photos of!
All you need now is a bottle (or three) of champagne. Remember if you are in any doubt, here is a link to my article from earlier this year on How To Open A Bottle of Champagne!