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No Hassle Feast for the Best New Year’s Eve Party

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner. Are you having a big party or just a small gathering of family and friends?

The bottom line is you are going to have to prepare some food, probably something snacky, seeing it is so hot at the moment and you want your guests to be able to nibble all evening until you can ring in 2019.

If it is a bring and share kind of gathering, you will have variety right there for all your guests. And some people like to mix and match with a selection of favourite cocktail snacks, dips and dishes.

However if you are planning a feast of some kind, why not have a theme?

It helps to know what kind of food the majority of your guests prefer so that you can serve them what their preferences and palate prefers.

Know the Food Preferences

Many people are vegetarian or vegan, so it is a good idea to prepare some eats and serve them separately – also made it clear which food is vegetarian or Vegan so that unsuspecting guests don’t get a mouthful of food that doesn’t appeal to them or is not in line with their dietary restrictions.

As this is Durban, you will inevitably have many people who eat Halaal.

New Year’s Eve Party Themes

So let’s look at the general themes you can use and then have a look at some of the more specific ingredients.

Indian Theme

Here we are thinking about a variety of samosas, chilli bites, pakoras, puri patha, chicken satya, masala chicken wings and many more. Don’t forget the delicious snacks you can make with fruit, especially litchi and watermelon which are in season.

One of my personal favourites is mini – bunny chows.

Recipe for Chile-Lime Watermelon Slices

If you want something spicy, sweet, tangy and cold.

First you need to prepare the spice by grating the rind of three limes on a baking sheet and putting it in a 200C oven for about 10 minutes. When the rind is crispy mix it in a bowl with

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon crushed chillies (to taste)

Now you must take your chilled watermelon wedges (remove all the pips) from the fridge, arrange on a platter and drizzle with good olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with spice mixture and about three tablespoons of chopped fresh dhania.

French Theme

OK, so this is all about canapes, hors’oevres, crudités and vol au vents.

Load your food table with easy make-ahead selections that showcase authentic French flair. Don’t feel obligated to feed your guests a huge dinner buffet. Serve only one or two elaborate menu items, especially if you’re new to entertaining.

For an ooh la la touch try a selection of the following;

  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries or fresh berries
  • Basic Crudités
  • Zesty Tapenade Dip
  • Duck Pâté en Croûte
  • Black Olive Tapenade
  • Tartare de Filet de Boeuf (Steak Tartare)
  • Pissaladieres (Onion and Anchovy Tarts)
  • Three Cheese Gougères

Mediterranean Appetizers

Take your taste buds to the lazy romantic Mediterranean and rejoice in the aromatic and flavourful food from especially Greece & Italy.

This is a very easy theme to please most guests – something for everyone here: vegetarian, gluten-free, Halaal, Kosher. And, dips are a great addition to a cocktail platter.

  • Warm Lemon Rosemary Olives
  • Spanakopita Dip
  • Layered Greek Dip
  • Greek Chicken Wings with Tzatziki Sauce
  • Mediterranean Flatbread Pizza
  • Spanakopita
  • Greek Hummus Nachos
  • Feta and Greek Yogurt Pita Appetizer

Go Spanish with a Tapas Theme

A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to small portion of any kind of Spanish cuisine.

Tapa can range from a simple bowl of olives or a wedge of cheese with bread to a recipe of shrimp and garlic or a slow-cooked beef dish and may be cold or hot.

Some favourites are:

  • Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelet)
  • Calamares a la Romana (Fried Squid Rings)
  • Patatas Bravas (Bravas Potatoes)
  • Gambas al Ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

These are a few suggestions for your New Year’s Eve party. You know that you can get a wide range of paper plates, fancy serviettes, platters, bowls … and a whole range of cooking, baking and catering good from our four stores.

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