New Year’s Eve Appetizers

  • Posted on 5th January 2010,
  • written by Cindy
New Year’s Eve Appetizers

To ring in the New Year, I take a night off from cooking a “big” meal – instead I spend the better part of the wait before midnight making up batches of little “munchies”, which we nibble on while playing Super Scrabble and watching Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Eve. A family tradition that I’ve married into is to distribute 12 grapes to each person – then at midnight we eat one for each month to come in the New Year – making a special wish or hope for that month. We like to wash them down with some sparkling cider.

Cheese and Ham Spirals

These little spirals have been a favorite tradition of ours for several years now – very simple, and delicious! They are from the Kraft Kitchens – I suggest making a double recipe!!

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 29 min
Makes: 12 servings, two spirals each


1 egg
1 Tbsp. water
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (1/2 of 17-1/4-oz. pkg.), thawed
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
1/4 tsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Smoked Ham


PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Beat egg and water until blended; set aside. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 14×10-inch rectangle; cut in half lengthwise. Brush both pastry halves lightly with some of the egg mixture. Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. of the cheese and the pepper evenly over one of the pastry pieces; cover with ham slices. Place remaining pastry piece, egg-side down, over ham. Roll gently with rolling pin to seal. Brush with additional egg mixture.

ROLL up tightly to form a 14-inch log, starting at one of the long sides. Cut log crosswise into 24 slices. Place, cut-sides down, on parchment-covered baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg mixture; sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. cheese.

BAKE 12 to 14 min. or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Colombian Shrimp Ceviche

Previously published here.


  • 1.5 lb bag frozen medium shrimp
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 medium to large fresh tomato, diced
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Ritz crackers for serving


  1. Quick thaw frozen shrimp and drain. Place in a large glass bowl.
  2. Add the ketchup, lime juice, onion, cilantro, chopped tomato, Tabasco sauce, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir to combine all ingredients and serve cold with Ritz crackers.