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Easy New Year's Eve Canapes

Easy New Year’s Eve Canapes

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by a sudden influx of guests on New year's Eve and even on New Year's Day. Here are a few canapes you can make ahead of time and keep ready for guests. The recipes are simple and easy to double in quantity.

Garlicky Shrimp Cocktail

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 kg of shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 10 – 12 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method -

  • Heat the butter in a frying pan and add the chilli flakes and garlic.
  • Fry for 30 seconds before adding the shrimp.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the shrimp to the pan and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through and pink.
  • Serve with the sauce given below.

Cocktail Sauce

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard sauce

Method -

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Chill for 1/2 hour before using.

Stuffed Button Mushrooms

Ingredients -

  • 20 large button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • Dried oregano, rosemary and mint
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan

Method -

  • Wipe the mushrooms clean with a kitchen cloth. Remove the stems and finely chop them.
  • Saute the chopped stems in a little olive oil for 10 minutes or until all the liquid released evaporates.
  • Cool the mixture and mix it with the breadcrumbs, dried herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Scoop the mixture into each mushroom top and sprinkle a little parmesan on top of each.
  • Lay them out on a tray and bake in an oven at 180°C for 10 minutes.
  • Serve warm.

Easy Bruschetta

This is less of a recipe and more of a suggestion as to the flavour combinations that can put on top of toasted slices of baguette bread. A classic favourite is a finely chopped tomato which has been tossed with finely chopped basil, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Other combinations also involve topping the toasted bread with a piece of cheese, olive and maybe a slice of salami. If need be, hold it together with the help of a toothpick.

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