New Year’s Eve Recipe Round-Up

Post updated 12/27/2016 to include even more New Year’s recipe goodness!

new years collageHow was your Christmas? What did you get? WHAT DID YOU GET ME?? I hope you had lots of family time and ate until you couldn’t breath. On that note, lets talk New Year’s Eve eats! Here is a round up of some of my favorite easy to eat munchies. I think food always tastes better with a bite in one hand and a adult beverage in the other, don’t you? Happy New Year my lovelies, thanks for sticking it out with me while I stumble through this blog thing. I love you all bunches!!

Italian Nachos

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Bacon, Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Onion Tart  

Cookie Sticks

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Gorgonzola Waffle Fries

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Hot Crab Dip

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Taco Chex Mix

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Almond Snack Mix

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The Crispiest Oven Baked Wings – Two Ways!

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

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Autumn Chex Mix

206

Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms

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Philly Cheese Steak French Bread Pizza

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Carne Asada Nachos

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For Valentine’s Day this year my sweet babies got be a beautiful bouquet of red, white and purple carnations and lots of big pink and red balloons. Now, as sweet as this gesture was, I knew that there was a ulterior motive behind the balloons. Just the week before was M’s birthday, and they had more fun playing with the balloons then anything else. So naturally, when it came time to pick a gift for mommy, balloons were at the top of the list.

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Being the mean mom that I am, I made them wait a week to play with the balloons. They were my balloons, I wanted to enjoy them. But alas, they started to droop and it was time to cut them loose and let them meet their demise from the two balloon crazy kiddos.

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Where am I going with this story? Well I will tell you. When a balloon floating at eye level floats in front of your face in the middle of the night in a sleep glazed stumble to the bathroom, one of two things will happen. Either you will suddenly acquire ninja skills like Jean-Claude Van Damme has never known, or you will have a massive heart attack and be scared to stay home alone for a week. I leave it up to you to guess which way (or both ways) I handled the situation.

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Since I was feeling a little sensitive about my balloon attack I decided to eat my feelings with these nachos. They’re loaded with lots of tequila marinated steak, crunchy corn, radishes, red onion, jalapeno and gooey cheese. Top them off with sour cream and guacamole if you like, and they make for the ultimate snack. Keep these in mind for Cinco De Mayo- you can bet I will be making them! Its one of the best holidays, it’s a night devoted to Mexican food and margaritas. YUM!!

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Carne Asada Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. flank steak
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 chopped red onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro stems
    Nachos:
  • tortilla chips
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced pickled jalapenos
  • fresh corn kernels
  • thinly sliced radishes
  • chopped onions
  • cilantro leaves
  • sour cream
  • crumbled queso fresco
  • guacamole

Instructions

  • Place flank steak in a large re-sealable bag. Place all marinade ingredients into bag, seal and shake up the mixture so the steak is well coated. Place the steak on a plate, in the refrigerator. Allow steak to marinate for 8 to 10 hours and up to 24 hours.
  • Once marinated, remove steak from bag and pat dry on both sides. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly oil the surface and sear steak on each side for 3 to 4 minutes. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook steak for an additional 3 to 4 minutes for medium-rare (add an additional 2 minutes for medium doneness). Remove steak from heat and onto a cutting board, loosely covered with foil.
  • Allow steak to rest for 8 to 10 minutes before chopping into thin, bite sized pieces. Set aside. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Spread a layer of tortilla chips onto a baking sheet in one even layer. Top chips with shredded cheese. Place baking sheet into the oven and bake for 4 to 6 minutes or until cheese has melted, but hasn't begun to bubble. Remove from oven and top evenly with remaining ingredients. Serve.
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