Here at Glutenfreeda, we are all about planning ahead and designing menus that make for flawless execution. With recipes that can be begun in stages, from several hours to several weeks in advance, our New Year's Eve menu will not only impress your guests - its ease will impress you, too!
Here are Chef Yvonne's Top Ten Tips for an effortless New Year's Eve party!
10…Focus on appetizers that are naturally gluten-free. Your hors d’oeuvres won’t taste funny (or gluten-free) because they are what they are supposed to be — naturally authentic. This will also help you out because you won’t have to hunt for special gluten-free items — you can actually shop at the grocery store! What a concept!!!
9…If hors d’oeuvres are the only food offered at your party there should be at least 6 different appetizers — figuring 2-3 pieces per person per appetizer.
8…To calculate for hors d’oeuvres not in pieces (like dips or pâtés) assume 1 ounce is equal to 1 piece.
7…Create a balance between hot and cold dishes.
6…If you are planning on having 20-25 guests or more for hors d’oeuvres you should include some ‘bulk’ type items in your menu. Otherwise you will find yourself making hundreds of little things.
5…For an hors d’oeuvre party where you are not planning on serving a ‘meal’, plan on serving some more substantial items with small plates and forks.
4…Be creative with your serving dishes. Plan some hors d’oeuvres to be served in fun cocktail glasses for a festive touch.
3…Plan desserts that can be served in bite-size portions and that can be prepared a day or so in advance.
2…Stock up on liquors and wine. Unless you plan on hiring a professional bartender, sometimes it is easier and more fun to serve just one type of cocktail, made up in batches. Or display just the four basic liquors — Scotch, Bourbon, Gin & Vodka along with an assortment of appropriate mixers, a bucket of ice and glasses of various sizes.
1…Once the party has started, sit back, relax and enjoy! Don’t fret about the little things. Most likely you will be the only one who will notice if forgot the garnish on the shrimp!
On the Menu...
- Broiled Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon
- Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on Polenta Triangles
- Polenta Triangles with Peppers & Gorgonzola
- Almond Stuffed Prunes wrapped in Bacon
- Cauliflower Soup with Gorgonzola Toasts
- Roasted Tomato & Curry Soup
- Cheese Sticks
- Parmesan Rosemary Crackers
- Chocolate Raspberry Squares
- Pecan Torte with Black Cherry Glaze & Mocha Buttercream Frosting