It’s the end of one year and the beginning of another. Although you could go out—there are many options and opportunities for New Year’s celebrations—who wants the hassle of fighting potentially hazardous road conditions and dangerously inebriated drivers? Perhaps a better choice is to host your own holiday gathering and invite friends, neighbors, or even the whole campground community. But what will you serve? Here are several easy, RV-friendly party foods for you to try.
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The dip—the ultimate party snack—these can be as hearty or as light as you like. The following options provide a bit of each.
Guacamole and Chips
Cut 3 avocados, use a spoon to remove the skin, and mash them with a fork. In a medium-sized bowl, mix in 1 diced tomato, 1/2 a chopped white onion, ½-cup chopped cilantro, and 2-tbsp lemon or lime juice. Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for about half an hour (or more) and serve with tortilla chips.
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Salmon Spread with Cream Cheese
Mix together 8-ounces cream cheese and ½-cup sour cream. Add 2-tsp oregano, 2-tsp cilantro, ½-tsp sea salt, and ½-tsp fresh ground pepper. Fold in 4-ounces of minced smoked salmon and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes. Serve with fresh, raw vegetables, on crackers or with toasted rye bread.
Stir together 16-ounces of sour cream, 1-cup real mayonnaise, and one 1.4-ounce package of Knorr (or your preferred brand) vegetable seasoning mix. Chop one 8-ounce can of water chestnuts and 3 green onions. Fold them in and add 10-oz cooked and drained spinach. Mix thoroughly. Hollow out a round loaf of rye bread. Fill the “bread bowl” with the dip. Tear the hollowed out piece into bites and place them around the bowl for dipping.
Rolls, Wraps, and Sliders
For a snack that is a little more filling, think handheld finger food, such as sandwiches and wraps. These provide a bit of protein that keep people partying until the strike of the New Year.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
Season 2-lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a bit of sea salt and place them in the crockpot. In a medium-sized bowl, thoroughly mix 1-cup your favorite BBQ sauce, ¼-cup Italian dressing, ¼-cup brown sugar, and 1-tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Pour this mixture over the chicken and cook for 3-4 hours on high heat. Shred the chicken, mix it into the sauce, and cook for another 10-15 minutes. Serve on King’s Hawaiian rolls, speared with a toothpick to keep it all together.
Cucumber and Avocado Roll
Wash 1 large cucumber and slice it lengthwise thinly. Cut 3 avocados, use a spoon to remove the skin, and mash them with a fork. Add ¼-cup green onions; ½-tsp sea salt; ½-tsp freshly ground black pepper; ¼-cup fresh, diced parsley; 1/8-cup fresh, diced dill; and 2-tbsp fresh lemon juice. Spread this mixture across the cucumber slices and roll. Use any remaining mixture and a toothpick to fasten the ends. Refrigerate before serving.
Turkey and Bacon Wrap
Cook 4 slices of turkey bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat (turning once) until crisp. Remove and blot extra oil with a paper towel. Place 2 spinach flour tortillas on a flat surface and spread 2-tsp Hellmann’s or other mayo evenly divided between the two. Place 2 leafs of lettuce, 3 ounces of sliced turkey, 2 slices of bacon, and a slice of Swiss cheese on each tortilla. Wrap them tightly, slice into 1-inch segments, and spear with a toothpick to keep them together. Refrigerate before serving.
What is a party without a couple of tasty desserts? By buying a few disposable wine glasses from the local hobby or discount store, you can make these nearly mess free. Just throw the containers away when you are done.
Berry Good No-Bake Parfait
Whip 2/3-cup of cream to a stiff mass, and then add 1-tbsp powdered sugar. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes before mixing in 2/3-cup of vanilla yogurt and a bit of lemon zest (as desired). Stir together 1-cup of blueberries and 1-cup of raspberries. Evenly layer 4 wine glasses with half of the berries, then half of the cream. Next layer the rest of the berries and the rest of the cream. Add a bit of fruit and a mint leaf for garnishment.
Raspberry Oreo No-Bake Cheesecake Parfait
Over high heat in a medium pan, bring to a boil 1-cup raspberries, 1 ½-tbsp sugar, and 2-tbsp water. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce thickens. In a small bowl, combine and mix 8-oz light or fat free cream cheese, 1-cup low fat Greek yogurt, ¼-cup sugar, ½-tsp vanilla extract, and 1-tsp lemon juice. Evenly layer 4 wine glasses with ½-cup of crushed Oreos as the base. Then add half of the yogurt mixture and half of the raspberry sauce. Repeat with the remaining Oreos, yogurt, and raspberry sauce. Then top with fresh raspberries. Refrigerate before serving.
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Although there are many different hors d’oeuvres and snacks you can serve at your RV New Year’s Eve celebration, these are some of the easiest. With multiple no-bake goodies, your holiday gathering is sure to be a success. Of course, feel free to serve with your favorite festive beverages and enjoy!
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