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New Year Nibbles by Bobby Flay

Wasn’t it nice to have a holiday on a Thursday? Hopefully, it meant that most of you had Friday off of work and a nice, four-day weekend to enjoy with family and friends. It meant watching the kids play with their new toys while you decompressed from a hectic week of preparations. Now it’s back to the store and into the kitchen to get ready for the New Year’s celebration.

I’m setting up appetizers, salads and lots of delicious food from celebrity chef Bobby Flay and his “Real Holiday Helpings” cookbook. There are several recipes that I’ll be preparing for my children, their friends and assorted relatives and guests who will visit over the holiday weekend. The TV remote will be a hot commodity…will it be football or movies? While everyone gathers around, here’s a few of the Bobby Flay items being served at our house: Caesar Salad Crostini, Baked Horseradish Glazed Chicken Wings, Caramelized Onion Dip (recipe below), and if I’m feeling really ambitious, I might try the Tandoori  Style Turkey. All of these recipes are available at Hellmanns. com.

Caramelized Onion Dip

Serves: 4 to 6

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 large Spanish onions, halved and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ cup Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise

½ cup sour cream

2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

Salt and pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

Potato chips or tortilla chips

1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and let cool.

2. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream and cream cheese in a food processor and process until smooth.  Add the onions, salt and pepper to taste and pulse a few times just to combine (don’t over mix; you want the onions to retain some of their texture).  Scrape into a bowl and sprinkle the top with the paprika.  Serve with chips.

How do you plan on spending New Year’s Eve? Are you making dinner for family and friends, or simply making reservations? I’ve got a few more Bobby Flay/Hellmann’s “Real Holiday Helpings” cookbooks to give away, so leave a comment on how you’ll be celebrating the last year of the decade (hard to believe)! Also, don’t forget to check out Hellmann’s website. You can still enter to win a year’s worth of free groceries, or win a $50 gift card by playing the Real Food Matchup Game.

However you spend New Year’s Eve, stay safe and enjoy the holiday. Happy New Year and all the best in 2010!


2 Responses

  1. I will be celebrating this New year in church with family and friends


  2. Good Post. I hope you don’t mind me posting here. I love your site, I’m looking forward to your next piece

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