Great menu ideas for New Year’s Eve 2014
New Years is a great night to employ the idea of a small bite menu. As people slide in and out of conversation being able to grab and go is so very easy then convenient. For a starter try these easy idea of baked Brie with walnuts. It is simple but look rich. The pastry shell is tender, the cheese warm with a hint of sweetness then the crunchiness of the walnuts adds a salty dimension. Next on the agenda of small bites is honey garlic chicken wings. For this recipe I use a crock pot but the recipe can easily be transferred to an oven for a quicker cook time. This recipe is sweet with a little tang from the garlic and for a crunchy texture sprinkle with sesame seeds before you serve the wings.
Baked Brie with Walnuts
• 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
• 2/3 cup walnuts, toasted
• 4 crisp apples, such as gala, 1 finely chopped and 3 sliced
• 2 5 ounces Brie or Camembert cheese wheels
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Lay the puff pastry sheets on a work surface. Place half of the walnuts and chopped apple in the center of each. Place a cheese wheel on top, then trim the corners of each pastry sheet to make a disk. Brush the edges lightly with water and fold up and over to cover the cheese; pinch lightly to seal. Place seam side down on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and bake until golden-brown, 30 to 35 minutes.
2. Transfer each cheese pastry to a platter and let cool for 10 minutes; serve with the sliced apples.
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
• 3 lbs. chicken wings
• 1 cup honey
• ½ cup soy sauce
• 2 tsp ketchup
• 2 tsp evoo
• 1 clove garlic crushed
• Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle your chicken wings with salt and pepper. Place your chicken into crock pot. In a separate bowl combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Now pour mixture into crock pot and stir to cover wings. Cook the wings for 6 to 8 hours on low or 3 to 4 on high.