Pleasing persnickety partiers? There’s an app for that
With all of today’s food allergies, dietary restrictions and persnickety palates, how do you successfully plan a New Year’s Eve menu that will satisfy all your guests? Don’t worry — there are apps for that.
Appetizers pitched as small plates have become de rigueur for an increasing number of restaurants, with Spanish tapas leading the way. As food becomes richer, more interesting and more flavorful, quantity gives way to quality. The smaller the portions, the reasoning goes, the more selections your party guests can sample. The more they eat and enjoy from your offerings, the more memorable your affair will be in the minds — and on the palates — of friends and family.
But if you’re going to rely on appetizers to tell your culinary story, make sure you offer a tasty tale that lives up to audience expectations. Piles of chicken nachos and barrels of chips and dip are fine for football playoffs, but your holiday season affairs require more finesse. Your choice and high quality preparation of appealing appetizers will guarantee your status as the host or hostess with the most or most-est.
Here are some recipes to help you in planning your Dec. 31 soirée. All go well with Champagne. But, then, doesn’t everything?
Vegan Hemp Seed Tabouli
1 cup fresh parsley ½ cup fresh mint leaves ¼ tsp. sea salt fresh tomatoes, 4 medium or 3 large chopped 1 cup hemp seeds, shelled olive oil) 2 tbsps. hemp oil (or freshly squeezed 2 tbsps. lemon juice, and sea salt Chop parsley, mint then transfer until mixed and minced, Add tomatoes, to a large mixing bowl. and lemon juice, hemp seed, hemp oil serve. Makes 4 mix thoroughly and servings.