New Year’s Eve party food ideas – it’s not too late!

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It’s really easy to make some Thai-inspired canapés and there’s still time to do so for New Year’s Eve tomorrow.  Here’s a few ideas – I made these for a couple of Christmas parties so they’re now tried and tested!

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First, I’d recommend vodka sours and some spicy nuts to welcome your guests.

And then all of the following can be prepared in advance (up to a day before) and assembled or cooked just before serving.

A lovely spicy salad like a larb with chicken or pork is a bit different and looks good too.  Prep ahead: mince the meat; make the roasted rice powder; combine the onions and herbs.

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For a vegetarian version this mango, lime and chilli filling is good.  Just mix together the following and – as with the larb – serve in lettuce ‘cups’.  This will make probably enough for about 15-20 cups. Only make this about an hour before you need it though as it will go soggy otherwise!

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red chilli, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • juice 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

The fried prawn balls are always popular and instead of cooking on longer skewers, you can put just two onto a cocktail stick so they’re easier to serve (and eat).

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The cucumber dipping sauce goes perfectly but if you haven’t got time then just serve with some sweet chilli sauce.  Prep ahead: cook the prawn balls and put onto sticks to fry before serving.

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Pork and prawn sesame toasts are also a winner and very easy too.  Serve simply with a dish of soy sauce for dipping.  Prep ahead: make the mixture and prepare the bread by cutting the crusts off.  Then just spread onto the bread, sprinkle with sesame seeds and cut into quarters before frying.

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 And for something sweet to finish, how about making some coconut lime clusters? This makes about twenty.

  • 225g condensed milk
  • 225g icing sugar
  • 175g desiccated coconut
  • green food colouring
  • zest of one lime
  • I also add a couple of drops of my doTerra lime essential oil – but do NOT use other brands without checking if they can be used this way!  If you’re interested in doTerra, drop me a note in the comments.

Mix the condensed milk and icing sugar together in a large bowl.  Add in the coconut – it does become really firm – and a few drops of green food colouring plus the lime zest (and essential oil if using). Roll into small balls and leave to harden for a few hours.  I then grate over a little more lime zest before serving.

Would love to hear from you if you make any of these so do leave a comment.  And whatever you’re doing, a big thank you for reading my blog and wishing you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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2 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve party food ideas – it’s not too late!”

  1. tony @ picnicpantry - March 10, 2015 12:13 pm

    You can’t relly ever go wrong with a buffet platter party. People can try or take what they want, rather than being given a set menu which there is always something you don’t like

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    1. Rachel - March 14, 2015 2:10 pm

      Good point – I agree! with lots of choice and a canape or buffet style selection, people can always find something they like! thanks for commenting 🙂

      Reply

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