Cheesy, delicious finger foods for your party

Looking for simple, flavorful bites for your New Year’s Eve cocktail party? Carla Hall shares recipes for grilled broccoli pesto and cheese fingers, tomato soup shooters with bite-size grilled cheese, Parmesan and walnut cheese crisps and more.

Grilled broccoli pesto and cheese fingers
Servings:

Makes 16 fingers

Ingredients

  • For cheese fingers:

    • 8 slices white bread
    • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
    • 4 slices extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
  • For broccoli pesto:

    • 2 cups broccoli florets
    • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
    • 3 cloves garlic
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
    • 1/4 cup fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 2-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt to taste

Preparation

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Tomato soup shooters with bite-size grilled cheese

Ingredients

  • For soup:

    • 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
    • 1 small carrot, roughly chopped
    • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
    • 1/2 cup sweet potato, roughly chopped
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/4 cup heavy cream, optional
  • For grilled cheese

    • 4 slices Cheddar or Swiss cheese
    • 4 slices of country white bread
    • 4 tablespoons butter

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Grits or polenta on a spoon with shrimp ragout

Ingredients

  • For grits:

    • 1 cup stone-ground grits
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 4 tablespoons butter
  • For shrimp ragout:

    • 6 slices bacon, chopped finely
    • 1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
    • 1 cup scallions, thinly sliced
    • 1 large garlic clove, minced
    • 2 dozen Chinese spoons

Preparation

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Parmesan and walnut cheese crisps

Ingredients

    • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
    • 3/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Preparation

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