New Year’s Eve Party Tips | Recipes, Cocktails, Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un

New Year’s Eve might be my least favorite holiday.  It is amateur night…plain and simple.  People that have not been out all year decide that it is a good idea to take drunk with all the other amateurs out there.

Ouch.

Ouch.

I no longer have the desire to be part of such nonsense.  It makes me just as happy to watch the “ball drop” in Times Square from the comfort of my own home or in the company of good friends.  I have always preferred a small, intimate soiree to ring in the New Year.

As a kid, NYE was normally spent with my grandparents while my mom and dad, along with a few other couples, made their way down to Greenville Avenue in Dallas and the “Original” Kirby’s Steakhouse.  Growing up in North Texas meant you were on Central time and that Dick Clark would countdown the New Year at 10:59pm…East Coast bias.  My parents always seemed to make it home just before midnight so we could be together as the calendar marched onward.

If you feel the same way about NYE , I thought I would include a few simple recipes that are perennial favorites.

Here are a couple of dip ideas you can make for your party or take them with you to a friend’s home.

Cowboy Blue Cheese Dip/Dressing

  • 1  8-ounce  Cream Cheese
  • 2  Cups  Mayonnaise
  • 1  3-ounce  Blue Cheese
  • 1  Tablespoon  Grated Onion
  • 1/8  Teaspoon  Garlic Powder

Soften cream cheese.  Combine cheese and mayonnaise in mixing bowl.  Mix in blue cheese.  Grate onion into mix.  Add garlic powder and stir.  Place in refrigerator and chill for at least one (1) hour.

NOTE:  If you would like a thinner dip or to use as a salad dressing, just add a tablespoon of milk or half-and-half.

Chicken Fried Buffalo Dip

  • 2  8-ounce  Cream Cheese
  • 2  Cups  Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 2  Cups   Hot Sauce
  • 1  Cup  COWBOY BLUE CHEESE DIP
  • 1  Cup  Ranch Dressing
  • 1   Cup  Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Preheat oven at 350. Soften cream cheese.  Combine cheese and next five ingredients in mixing bowl.  Pour into 13”x9” baking pan.  Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until bubbly.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  Serve warm or cold.

NOTE:  This dip can be served with tortilla chips or crackers but it is amazing with homemade crostinis.

Baked Crostini

  • 1   Loaf   French Bread/Baguette
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder

Preheat oven at 400.  Cut baguette into slices (1”).  Brush or spray olive oil on each side. Sprinkle garlic powder on slices.  Bake until crispy.

New Year’s Day

Now let’s talk a little about New Year’s Day.  Of course we have the parades in the morning and college football throughout the day.  If you were “overserved” on NYE, then you might want to start your day with a Bloody Bill.

The Bloody Bill was developed in Lone Star Circle (Row P Spaces 2-4) at Texas Motor Speedway several years ago.  Named after Captain William T. “Bloody Bill” Anderson, the Bloody Bill is a bold, spicy, “take-no-prisoners” Texas version of the Bloody Mary.  Also, the Bloody Bill is more than just a hangover cure…it is also nutritious and tasty breakfast.  As a Texpatriate, I always use Austin’s own Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Bloody Bill

Captain William T. Anderson

Captain William T. Anderson

Mix juice, vodka, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and seasoning.  Pour over ice and then squeeze lime juice into drink.

All Texans are required to eat blackeyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck.  I know that some do not like blackeyed peas.  The recipe below for Texas Cavier is a great substitute for a big pot of cooked, mushy peas.

Texas Cavier

  • 1/3  Cup  Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¼  Cup  Canola Oil
  • ¼  Cup   Chopped Onion
  • ½  Teaspoon  Finely Chopped Jalapeno
  • 1  Clove   Minced Garlic
  • ½  Teaspoon  Salt
  • ½  Teaspoon  Pepper
  • 3  Cups  Cooked or Canned Black-Eyed Peas

Whisk together vinegar and oil in large mixing bowl.  Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper to mixture and stir. Gently stir in black-eyed peas and refrigerate, covered for at least two (2) hours.

Crackpot Convention Photo:  newsmax.com

Crackpot Convention
Photo: newsmax.com

Finally, you may be wondering why Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un…no real reason.

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year.  Also, I would like to thank all the people that have visited this site in the last few months.

Posted on December 29, 2013, in Buffalo, Cajun, Chicken Fried Buffalo, Comfort Food, Food, New Year's Eve, Recipes, Texas Food, Texpatriate, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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