New Year’s Eve Appetizers

A few suggestions for appetizers to serve New Years Eve and New Years Day.  Some of my tried and true favourites.
Escargot In Mini Toast Cups

Escargot In Mini Toast Cups
Source: Elegant Entertaining Cookbook – M. Sable

1 loaf of white bread
1/4 cup melted butter
1 can escargot (36 to 50 size)
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 shallots
2 teaspoons fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 bay leaf
1 cup whipping cream
2 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Option:  Puff Pastry instead of toast cups)

Preheat oven to 400° Cut crusts off bread and roll out very thin. Cut 2 inch rounds and fit each round gently into a well buttered 1 1/4 muffin tin. Brush tops of rounds with melted butter and bake them for 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from tins and cool.
In a medium sauce pan combine wine, chicken stock and shallots, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce liquid to 1/3 cup. Stir in cream, garlic, salt and pepper. Reduce liquid to 1/2 cup. Add escargot. Remove bay leaf and stir in butter. Fill each croustade with 1 or 2 escargot and some of the sauce. Sprinkle with minced parsley.

 Serve in larger toast cups for a first course at the table

Blue Cheese Tartlets 
Escargot Stilton

Recipe – Escargot Stilton

Printable Recipe Link
Focaccia  Topped with Warm Goat Cheese

with Tapenade and Roasted Red Peppers

Printable Recipe Link

La Gougere
This is one of my son’s favourites

Recipe for La Gougere
Printable Recipe Link

Layered Crab and Spinach Terrine

Layered Crab And Spinach Terrine
From the California Culinary Academy

Crab Layer

1/2 pound crab meat, picked over and flaked

1/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 large eggs

Spinach Layer

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 teaspoons flour

1/2 cup whipping cream

2/3 cup half and half

1 1/4 pounds cooked spinach
Drained and squeezed to remove excess moisture

3 eggs

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon sugar

salt to taste


Mix together,

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely minced roasted red pepper
1 clove of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste.

Chives for garnish

Preheat oven to 375°F.  For the crab layer:  In a medium bowl combine the crab, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper and cayenne.  Stir in eggs and set mixture aside.

For the Spinach layer:  Melt butter in a heavy saucepan until foamy.  Whisk in flour and cook for 3 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly.

Whisk in whipping cream and half-and-half.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer slowly 10 minutes.  Stir occasionally, scraping down the sides and around the bottom as necessary.  Mixture will
thicken as cooks.

Remove from heat and stir in spinach.  Let cool.  Stir in eggs, one at a time then add black pepper, nutmeg, sugar and salt.

To assemble the terrine:  Grease an 8 cup loaf pan/terrine pan with butter.  Spoon half the crab mixture in the bottom and cover with all of the spinach mixture.  Spoon remaining crab mixture over the spinach.

Set the terrine in a baking pan and pour 1 inch of hot water into the baking pan. Bake uncovered until golden brown and puffy.  Approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Cool on a rack and then refrigerate.

To serve, run a knife around the edge and invert on to a serving platter.  Slice about 1/2 thick slices and place two on each plate.  Decorate plate with a lettuce leaf and place a dollop of the sauce on the lettuce leaf.  Garnish with a few chives.

Mushrooms and Pimento in Puff Pastry
(Spanish Tapa)
Don’t let the name throw you off.  This is a very rich buttery pate.  One of my favourites.
Jacques Pepin’s Chicken Liver Pate

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Monica H says:

    It's all so pretty! I'd be a very happy lady to eat any of that on New Year's. Love escargot!

  2. Kathy Walker says:

    Lovely post…it has everything! I still cannot get my \”head\” around the idea of escargot but the presentation was lovely! My husband loves them but me…not yet!This is a wonderful spread!

  3. Linda says:

    Looks like a party to me!Gosh you just made me so hungry!Happy New Year my friend!

  4. Zurin says:

    what beautiful and tasty appetizers! the liver pate is a work of art. happy new year 🙂

  5. Katy ~ says:

    If I went to a NYE party and saw a gorgeous spread like this, I would know that the coming year held all kinds of promise. WOW!

  6. total fab feast, i love it all! just wanted to let you know i love your pics, but fws uses the smaller pic format and your large pics don't fit, thats why you don't see them there everyday :-(i still look daily and love them, happy new years!

  7. Just shoot me now and end the torture! *grin* Every single item looks so utterly inviting, I could never choose a favorite.Have I told you lately how HAPPY I am that you are blogging? All of your spectacular goodness in one delightful place. 🙂

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