Holiday Entertaining Guide - Page 39 - Please a party crowd

Holiday Entertaining Guide
- Page 39
Please a party crowd
An array of terrific appetizers is perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. We’re here to help with a crowd-pleasing and easy-to-make spread.

We take our appetizers seriously because nothing shines at holiday parties more than a tray of scrumptious bite-size snacks.

Our collection of 10 crowd-pleasing and easy-to-make appetizers offers something for everyone.There’s spicyThai-inspired shrimp to mini-pull apart lobster rolls to cheese-covered grapes. And it wouldn’t be an appetizer roundup if we didn’t include something with bacon. For that we have bacon-wrapped chicken bites seasoned with spicy black pepper and brown sugar.

These appetizers are also festive looking from the whipped Feta topped with a mix of tomatoes and parsley to the simple Italian Skewers with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil. And finally, say what you want about deviled eggs, but there are never any leftovers of this classic. Today’s twist is the addition of pimento and Dijon mustard for a tangy flavor.

So we hope you enjoy the selection.

Happy noshing!

Spinach puffs
Yield: 12
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

In this recipe, spinach and feta are bundled in tiny puff-pastry packages.

• 1 package (10-ounce) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
• 1/2 cup crumbled feta
• 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1/2 cup minced onion
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 teaspoon chopped dill
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 large eggs
• 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package), thawed, rolled out to a 12-inch square, kept chilled
• Have ready a 12-cup mini muffin pan.

Using your hands, squeeze spinach until dry, forcing out as much water as possible (toomuch water will make for a soggy filling; you should have about 2/3 cup well-drained spinach). In a medium bowl, mix spinachwith feta, mozzarella, onion, olive oil, dill and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg to blend; fold into spinachmixture.

Cut the puff pastry into 12 equal square pieces. Place a square in each muffin cup, pressing into bottom and up sides and leaving corners pointing up. Divide filling among