Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year Nibbles - the Quick and Easy Kind

Happy 2012!

Looking for sooper easy menu ideas for your New Year's Eve party?

You can't beat Jack McDavid's Comfort Food Appetizers, which he created for a segment on Good Day Philadelphia.

His task was to come up with recipe ideas that could be rustled up in a five minute slot, which gives you an idea of just how straightforward and foolproof these are. 

Fancy trying some Firecracker ShrimpsChristmas mini-Pizzas anyone..? Or what about some Stuffed Mushrooms?

While the recipes sound easy, we can guarantee that they're delicious.

Firecracker Shrimp
1 tsp chopped jalapeno pepper
1 tsp chopped garlic
2 TBSP olive oil
1 dozen shrimp, cleaned and shelled

Mix all ingredients.  Wrap shrimp in foil and grill or bake (400), 5 mins per side, or saute in skillet til done, about 8  minutes total. 

Christmas Pizza

1 pkg crescent roll dough
1 cup mayonnaise
1 lb cream cheese
1 pkg powdered ranch dressing
finely chopped assorted raw vegetables:  broccoli, tomatoes,
cauliflower, red and green peppers. Parmesan cheese 

Roll crescent dough onto cookie sheet and bake according to package directions.  Set aside to cool.  Mix mayonnaise, cream cheese and dressing til blended.  Spread on crust.  Top with chopped vegetables and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.  Cut into bite sized pieces and serve cold or at room temp.


Stuffed Mushrooms
2 dozen crimini or white mushrooms
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 diced red pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
2 TBSP chopped basil

Remove stems from mushrooms, coat lightly with oil and bake, stem side up, on cookie sheet at 425 til mushrooms begin to sweat.  Meanwhile, blend remaining ingredients. Fill mushrooms with cheese mixture, and return to oven to just warm filling.  Serve warm or at room temp.
*** Have a fun filled 2012 ***

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