New Year’s Eve with children means you might not even make it to the ball drop at midnight! But it doesn’t mean you can’t have New Year’s Eve fun with food and drinks the whole family can enjoy. I shared recipe and drink ideas on WPTV in West Palm Beach and took a few pictures on set. Find the recipes below and watch the segment for easy recipes you can make with your kids!
Bacon Wrapped Pretzels
16 Pretzel Rods
1 16-ounce package of bacon
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take a slice of bacon and wrap it around the rod, covering the pretzel all the way down. Place on the baking dish with the seam of the bacon facing down. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. While still warm, roll each pretzel in parmesan and lay on a cool plate until ready to serve. Store in an air tight container.
Mini Apricot and Goat Cheese Balls
12 ounces chèvre, room temperature
8 dried apricots, quartered
1 cup chopped salted pistachios
1 bag pretzel sticks
Cut the goat cheese to form into 1 inch balls Place a quarter of the dried apricots in the center and roll into a ball. Roll in chopped pistachios and stick a pretzel through the top.
Edible Olive Penguins
1 can colossal pitted black olives about 16, drained
16 small pitted black olives give or take, drained
about 4 ounces of Cream Cheese, softened
16 thin slices of the fat end of a peeled carrot
Cut a small triangular wedge out of each carrot slice. Stuff the small cut out piece into the smaller olives to create a ‘beak’. Place the cream cheese in a ziplock bag and cut one corner off to make a piping bag. Make a lengthwise slice halfway into each colossal olive. Fill the olive using the piping bag. Use your fingers or a paper towel to tidy up along the edges of the opening. Using a toothpick, skewer the ‘head’ (the smaller olive with the carrot slice) then the colossal olive and finally the carrot slice, making the feet. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Milk and Cookie Bar
White Chocolate, melted. This is the chocolate I prefer to use because it melts the easiest and is the highest quality.
A variety of sprinkles, multi colored and silver and gold and white
Mini brownies, chocolate chip cookies, orcas and black-and-white cookies
Melt the chocolate in the microwave until just melted. I do this by microwaving it 30 seconds at a time and stirring it so I don’t burn the chocolate. Dip the rim of your cordial glass in the white chocolate and then dip in the multi colored sprinkles. Allow to cool and harden. Use the remaining melted chocolate to dip the cookies or sprinkle over the brownies. Top with any of the glittery sprinkles for a fun and festive New Year’s Eve look!
For the champagne jelly flutes I used this Food Network recipe. Instead of the champagne though I used sparkling white grape juice.