Pleas­ing per­snick­ety partiers? There’s an app for that

Wisconsin Gazette - - Ut On The Town - By Michael Muck­ian Con­tribut­ing writer

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.

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