New Year’s Appetizers

New Year’s is right around the corner. Hopefully, you’ll be safely celebrating with family and friends, welcoming in 2021. Enjoy a variety of yummy appetizer recipes.


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Bacon and Mushroom Roll-Ups Party Sandwich- Lauretta VanderLugt

  • 4 slices of bacon, diced
  • 2 1/2 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 15 slices sandwich bread
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

In a skillet, cook bacon, mushrooms, and onion for 5-8 minutes or until tender (NOT CRISP). Stir in cheese until melted and set aside. Trim crust from bread and flatten slices slightly with a rolling pin. Spread each slice with about 2 tablespoons of bacon, mushroom, and onion mixture and roll up jelly-roll fashion. Secure with toothpicks. Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. Brush rolls with melted butter. Bake at 375° F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove toothpicks, cut into thirds or halves. Serve warm. Makes 30-45 appetizers.

Dried Beef Roll-Ups

  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt

Blend butter, mayo, cheese and salt until smooth. Trim crust off white bread. Flatten with rolling pin. Spread with the spread you made above. Place slices of dried beef on top of spread. Roll up, hold with a toothpick. Place on a cookie sheet. Brush on melted butter. Bake at 350° F until brown for about 30 minutes.

Bacon Wraps- Brenda Manke

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  • 2 lbs. bacon
  • 4 cans whole water chestnuts
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

The night before making… drain 3 of the cans of water chestnut juice into a bowl, dump down the drain the fourth can of water chestnut juice. Stir in the brown sugar and add all the water chestnuts. Let sit overnight to marinate. Cut bacon strips in half and wrap around individual water chestnuts using a toothpick to hold them in place. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for the first few minutes. Then turn on the broiler and broil until bacon is nice and brown. Remove from oven and place in the slow cooker on low heat.

Baked Stuffed Shrimp

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  • 2 lbs. cooked, shelled large shrip
  • 1 (6 oz.) pkg. chicken flavored stuffing mix
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • chopped parsley
  • lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 475° F. Butter a large shallow baking dish. Cut shrimp with a sharp knife along the rounded edge of the back, almost all the way through. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package. Dip shrimp in beaten egg. Place a rounded tsp of stuff between the cut edges of the shrimp press shrimp and stuffing firmly together. Arrange stuffed shrimp in a prepared baking dish. Mix melted butter and garlic in a small bowl. brush shrimp with butter mixture. Bake until stuffing is slightly browned and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with fresh lemon wedges on the side.

Zippy Beef Olive Spread

Soften 1 tsp. instant minced onion in 1 tsp. dry sherry, add 1 (8oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons salad dressing. Stir in 1 (3 oz.) pkg. smoked sliced beef (finely snipped) and 1/4 c. chopped pimiento-stuffed green olives. Spread on crackers or cocktail bread.

Bacon Broccoli Cheese Ball- Donna Hulstein

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 (4oz.) pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • assorted crackers

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and pepper until blended. Stir in broccoli. Shape into a ball and roll in bacon. Cover and refrigerate. Remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before serving. Serve with crackers. Yield 2 1/2 cups.

Beef Cheese Ball- Kathy Walhof

  • 2 (8oz.) cream cheese
  • 1 (4 oz.) pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 5-6 pieces of dried beef
  • 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2-3 tsp. diced onion
  • 1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch of garlic salt
  • chopped pecans

Mix all ingredients together EXCEPT the chopped pecans. Form into 2 balls and roll each ball in chopped pecans. Prepare at least 24 hours in advance before serving. Refrigerate.

Once again friends, some great recipes to enjoy this coming New Year’s. Praying for a peaceful 2021. Here is to good food, great friends and a good and healthy life.

About Michele Bruxvoort

Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life.   She enjoys reading, repurposing,  as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life.  When you don't find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure. Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.

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