Having the gang over to ring in the new year? Rather than spending the final hours of 2012 slaving away over the stove cooking a full-blown meal for everybody, it’s way more doable and enjoyable to serve up a scrumptious, diverse spread of hors d’oeuvres, perfect party bites made for munching one-handed while the other tips back a celebratory cocktail. We’ve got eight fancy New Year’s nibbles that simply must make their way onto your party menu come Dec. 31st—trust us, they’ll make for the most delicious end to a year ever!
- Christina Izzo
Pumpkin Arancini with Blue Cheese Fondue
Thought our pumpkin craving was long over? You thought wrong! Bring the fall staple into the new year with Tyler Florence’s beautiful, bite-sized Pumpkin Arancini with Blue Cheese Fondue & Port Wine Syrup. Pumpkin risotto, spiked with white wine and seasoned with shallots, Parmesan, olive oil and freshly ground pepper, is rolled into small balls, dredged in flour and fried to a golden crisp. Serve each risotto ball onto an individual spoon, topped with a fried parsley leaf, alongside a luscious blue cheese and port wine reduction.
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