Gourmet Guide To Celebrating New Year’s Eve Party

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New Years’ is always a great occasion in Australia, with everyone getting involved in the festivities around the country. Whether you are planning to check out the fireworks in Sydney, you’re heading out in Perth, partying in Adelaide, or venturing out for a New Year’s Eve dinner in Melbourne this year, you can be sure you will have a night to remember. With so much on offer, your biggest problem might be deciding how to make the most of all of the entertainment.

Celebrating New Year's Eve

While dressing up and painting the town red is always an amazing way to ring in the New Year, many people prefer to play host and celebrate at home. If you fancy yourself as the host with the most, why not throw a New Year’s Eve party for all of your closest friends and family this year?

It’s important to get organized in advance as ingredients and supplies can sell out quickly during the Holiday Season. However, by thinking ahead and being organized, you can ensure that you have everything you need to host a New Year’s extravaganza that your guests will still be talking about for years to come. 

Let’s take a look at some fun gourmet appetizers and cocktail concepts you can whip up with little fuss and that are sure to impress your guests this year. 

Healthy Cocktails

To get the party started and prime those appetites, these healthy cocktail ideas should impress even the most veteran New Year’s purists in your social circle.

1. Sangria Champagne

Those looking to boost their immune system’s vitality while celebrating will appreciate this fun recipe, which incorporates the classic NYE staple, Champagne.  For this cocktail, you will need:

  • One thinly sliced orange.
  • One-half lemon, sliced.
  • One cup each of blueberries and raspberries.
  • One cup of orange juice.
  • One bottle of your favorite sweet white wine.
  • One bottle of your favorite Champagne.

Preparation:  This should be done anywhere from 3 to 24 hours before party time.  Place all the fruit into a large pitcher, along with the orange juice and wine, then refrigerate until guests arrive.  Come serving time, add the champagne, then lightly mix and pour one glass for a taste test. To increase sweetness, add one-quarter cup of granulated sugar or honey and you should be ready to share this healthy cocktail.

2. Santa’s Adult Punch

This one can also be served at Christmas time, but not to the kids.  If it goes over well, feel free to use it come New Year’s as it fits in nicely as a light-hearted, healthy party cocktail. Here are the ingredients you will need:

  • One-third cup each of sugar and water.
  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • One half cup vodka.
  • Two cups of tonic water.
  • Two cups of fresh raspberries.
  • One sliced fresh lime.
  • One bottle of champagne or sparkling white wine.

Preparation: Over medium heat, bring the sugar and water to a boil in a small pot, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then cool it down to room temperature. Transfer the mixture to a large pitcher, then add the vodka, tonic water and lime juice. Then stir in the raspberries and sliced lime pieces and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Mix in the wine or champagne at serving time and add your favourite garnish.

New Year’s Appetisers

1. Melbourne Meatballs Mania

Get your slow-cooker appliance warmed up and ready for action for this hearty take on classic party food. These tasty little treats always go down well and are the perfect accompaniment for any get-together, whether you’re going for an upscale or relaxed vibe. You will need the following ingredients:

  • One pound each, ground beef & ground pork.
  • One cup of breadcrumbs.
  • One half cup grated onion.
  • One-half cup of finely grated parsley.
  • Two large eggs.
  • One teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper.
  • One 12-ounce bottle of your favorite chili sauce.
  • ½ cup apricot preserves.
  • One teaspoon each of soy sauce and sriracha.

Preparation: In a large bowl, combine the beef, pork, breadcrumbs, parsley, onions, salt, pepper and eggs.  Mix until evenly distributed. Now scoop this meat and season the mixture into about 45 meatballs.  Use a tablespoon for approximate measuring. In the slow cooker, use a whisk to mix the sriracha, soy sauce, chilli sauce and apricot preserve.  When mixed, separate one-half cup into a temporary bowl. Now place your meatballs into the cooker, using two layers. Pour the remaining bowl of sauce onto the top layer of meatballs in the cooker.  Cook the meatballs covered, for 4 hours, stirring at 1-hour intervals. After four hours the meatballs should ideally be ready to serve.  Turn the slow cooker down to a low setting to maintain safe temperatures, and serve directly.

2. Midnight Mushrooms

When that glittering ball drops at midnight, use these fancy stuffed mushroom appetisers to tide over those party appetites. Impress your guests with healthy, scrumptious treats that take very little prep time, 45 minutes if you’re counting. Here is a list of the ingredients you will need to have to hand:

  • Two lbs. Baby Bella mushrooms, stems removed.
  • 6 tablespoons melted salted butter.
  • 8 oz of bite-size brie cheese.
  • ⅔ cup panko breadcrumbs.
  • ½ fresh chopped parsley.
  • 2 minced garlic cloves.
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Black pepper, pinch or more to suit your taste.

Preparation: Preheat your oven to 190 celsius.  Arrange the mushroom caps on your baking sheet and brush them with the melted butter.  Flip the mushrooms over and insert one piece of brie cheese per cap. In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, salt, pepper and garlic.  Now add the remaining melted butter and mix again. Use a spoon to scoop this mixture and place the cheese on each mushroom. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until they reach golden shade and the edges are softened, and your classy mushroom appetizers are ready to serve.

Wine and Dine Your Friends And Family With Confidence This New Year’s Eve

Hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner can be a daunting task. However, with the recipes above and some careful planning, you will be a guaranteed to wow your guests and have a New year’s Party that will be remembered for all of the right reasons. 

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