New Years Eve Appetizer Round Up

This time of the year is especially challenging for most people when it comes to eating healthy. Decadent food is always on offer and healthier options are rarely available. Exercise usually wains off and eating sugary, fatty foods goes up. Not a good equation for healthy hearts, bodies or minds. That’s why during this time of the year, I like to focus on easy, healthy New Years Eve appetizers that you can either offer to your guests or bring with you to a party.

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks experimenting with different recipes for New Years Eve so I could offer some different options this year. I’ll also be highlighting some popular choices from other blogs so you’ll be sure to find something that tickles your fancy. The titles in red indicate a link to these fab recipes that will leave your guests or friends thinking you’re brilliant. Well you are!

Most recently:

Tapas Style Roasted Peppers with Almonds
from Beyond The Peel


Now I love this one. Joanne from Eats Well With Others created a fall/wintery bruschetta that is not only unique but flavorful. The colors are gorgeous and a must for any party spread. Joanne is a vegetarian food blogger from New York. Not only is her writing entertaining but her creations are usually healthy (desserts are the exception) and always delicious. And she always takes great photos that make you want to leap into the dish.

Fall Bruschetta 
by Joanne Eats Well With Others 

Green Beans with Paprika Spiced Pine Nuts
from Beyond The Peel


Cheese Pennies (crackers mandatory at any party)
by Girli Chef

Heather is the creator of Girlichef, a food blog with tons of great book and recipe reviews, amazing Mexican creations and so much more. Both recipes Heather is sharing with us today come from a series of posts entitled “50 Woman Game Changers-in food.” She (along with some other bloggers) are exploring the top 50 woman in food that have shaped where we are today. I encourage you to take a look around. Most recently she has posted a recipe for Finnish Mustard and Baked Ham. Yum.

Crackers are an easy solution to an elegant appetizer. Serve with a dollop of fig jam and a sliver of brie or try onion jam and a blue cheese. Of course there’s always a ton of dips to choose from as well. This Roasted Red Pepper Hummous is one of my favorites.

Olive Oil and Seed Crackers
by Girli Chef 

Spicy Garlic Prawns with Avocado Sour Cream
by Beyond The Peel 

Walnut Feta Dip

Millet Nut Salad with Pears and Feta

I like to include salads that don’t wilt. I have a ton to choose from but I especially like this nutty gluten free salad. The lettuce used here is only a garnish so feel free to serve this in Asian soup spoons for a more elegant affair or in a big bowl so people can help themselves.

Last years recipes for New Years Eve included Strawberry Gazpacho (recipe to follow), Grilled Haloumi with Mint and Lime and Ground Turkey Wontons with an Apple Cider Glaze.

Grilled Haloumi with Mint and Lime.

Amazing. This is so easy it’s stupid.  It’s best served warm, but it’s so delightful that it will disappear even if it gets to room temperature…which I seriously doubt it will. Take a block of Haloumi (I get mine from the local Thrifty’s but specialty stores or organic stores also usually carry it) and slice it into 1/4 inch slices.  At this point you can grill it, but I find it’s simpler to fry it in a heavy cast iron pan. Set the heat to medium high put the cheese in the pan and wait until it becomes golden brown, about 2 minutes, flip and repeat on the other side. Plate immediately and squeeze lime juice all over it. At this point you may want to cut it into bit size pieces (have toothpicks to serve on the side) or allow people to cut off the amount they want.  Sprinkle with chopped mint and VOILA! Marvelous. No really, if you’ve never had this dish before it will blow your socks off! I can’t recommend it enough.


Spiked Strawberry Tomato Gazpacho

  • 796 ml can of plum tomatoes
  • 2 roasted red peppers skin and seeds removed (from a jar works fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen plain strawberries thawed (not the ones in the sugar syrup please!)
  • 1 english cucumber peeled, seeds removed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar plus 2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large jalapeno seeded and diced 1/4 cup vodka (optional)
  • 350 ml tomato juice or V8
  • lots of fresh ground pepper to taste
If you have a food processor, this is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Drain the tomatoes and throw everything in the processor except juice and vodka. Pulse until finely chopped. Add vodka and juice, pulse until well blended and refrigerate for at least 4 hours but best overnight.  Serve in whatever pretty vessel you have. 50 Calories per 1/2 cup serving…not bad. And you even get in your veggies!
I hope that you all have the most amazing New Years and that we’ll see plenty of you next year.
For the love of Food,
France and Joshua
I’m sharing this with Frugal Fridays, Foodie Friday and Food Friday.


15 Responses to New Years Eve Appetizer Round Up

  1. Koko December 30, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Happy New Year to you both! I would LOVE to see any of these delicious, healthy options on the table this year.

    • France Morissette December 30, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

      Koko, you’re invited for a bite to eat whenever you’re in the neighborhood. Wishing you a happy new year and continued success with your lovely blog.

  2. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) December 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I’m always stuck for great appetizer ideas, so I’m printing this list to keep on hand. Happy new year!

    • France Morissette December 30, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      Lydia, I think you’ll really enjoy these appetizers. There’s something for everyone. Happy New Year!

  3. JoAnn Ryan December 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks for the healthy recipes… I definitely need to cut back in January. I hope you guys have a great New Year!


    • France Morissette December 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      JoAnn, have a Happy New Year!

  4. Linda December 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Love them all! You’ve taken care of my appy menu for New Year’s Day!! I planned to purchase some colorful mini peppers so I was excited to see your recipe. Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

    • France Morissette December 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

      Linda, glad I could help. Hope you have a fantastic New Year!

  5. Heather @girlichef December 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    Grilled Halloumi is probably one of my favorite things EVER! I would love a New Year’s Party with all of these options to choose from. Thanks so much for including my crackers 😉 Happy New Year to you and the hubs!

    • France Morissette December 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm #

      Heather, thanks for sharing your great appy recipes. I can’t wait to try them! I’m with you. I LOVE Halloumi. Best cheese ever.

  6. JoAnn Ryan December 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Lots of great ideas for healthy appetizers!
    Thanks for letting us feature them on Food Blog: Post of the Day


  7. Joshua December 31, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks for the feature JoAnn! Have a great 2012.

  8. maiylah January 5, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    oh wow…would love to try them!

    many thanks again for sharing your compilation over at Food Friday, France
    Here’s to a wonderful 2012 for all of us!


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