New Year’s Eve Food and Drink Recipes

The New Year’s Eve countdown is on and while some people choose to go out for a special dinner, others will be putting their recipes in full swing. What are some of the foods and drinks you think of most often for a New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day gathering? Did you know there is an old tradition that says if you eat pork on New Year’s day it brings good luck, while chicken is bad luck? Whether or not that is true, one thing is for certain; Many people will be getting their drink on! Here are some traditional New Year’s Eve/Day foods as well as a mouth-watering drink recipe, with a twist!

This drink recipe will need to be started at LEAST two days in advance. If you have glass jars this is a huge money saver of the flavored vodka. Not only is this recipe going to save you a few bucks, it is absolutely yummy! Are you ready to shake your tail feathers? My Aunt in South Carolina told me about this drink recipe years ago. A few Jolly Rancher drinks later, I decided this was a recipe I was going to keep!  The drinks are not overly sweet and taste just like your favorite candy.

 Candy Infused Vodka Recipe

(1.) Choose a hard to semi-hard candy, any flavor (I use Jolly Ranchers, Lemon Heads, Tootsie Rolls, A&W Root Beer Hard Candy, and Gummi Bears) 
(2.) Soak for two days in a Mason Jar filled with vodka (If you cannot find a Mason jar be sure to use a glass jar that seals tightly. Mason jars can be found at craft stores and hardware stores.)
THAT-IS-IT! Candy infused vodka!n The sweetness of this recipe is you having the capability of choosing your flavor and/or operhaps suiting the flavor with your guests (because you know what they like). Enjoy!


Crab Quesadilla Recipe

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, regular or low-fat
  • 5 tsp. canned green chiles, drained and chopped
  • 4 oz. crab mean, flaked (you may use real or imitation crab)
  • Four 8-inch tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce

Warm two tortillas, one at a time, in a non-stick skilled on low heat. Let one tortilla sit on heat for about 5-6 minutes or until shell is lightly brown. Flip over (like you would a pancake) and heat other side. Begin warming your second tortilla.  Remove first tortilla from heat and while tortilla it is still warm, sprinkle with desired amount of cheese. The heat from the tortilla will allow cheese to melt easier. Top with crab, chiles, lettuce. Once second tortilla is finished, cover the prepared tortilla. Heat in microwave, covered with a paper towel.

**Instead of using a stove top. you can also grill the soft tortillas. For extra flair, top with salsa, guacamole, sour cream -OR- if you want to go loco, top with all three garnishes! Seafood is a big hit on New Years Eve. This dish is a great idea and gives a spin on crab. Enjoy!!


 Sweet Georgia Porkchops 

What you’ll need:

  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) sliced peaches in syrup, un-drained
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 pork chops (6 to 7 ounces per pork chop), bone-in

Sweet Mix: Combine brown sugar, peaches (with juice), mustard, and cloves.

Coat a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, brown pork chops for 5-6 minutes on each side. Add sweet mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until meat is tender. Be sure meat is cooked thoroughly.

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet jo-juh!! Though it may be winter, having a fruit glazed pork chop is perfect for the colder weather! This recipe is divine! wishes you a Happy 2012! May the new year bring you good health, prosperity, love, and everything that makes you happy! Please drink responsibly!