Make almond-stuffed dates and fancy pigs

What better way to celebrate the new year than by enjoying delicious food? Sara Gore shares easy recipes for hors d’oeuvres including almond-stuffed dates, endive cups, truffle popcorn and more.

Five-spice almond-stuffed dates

Ingredients

    • 1-2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
    • 36 whole almonds
    • 36 pitted dates
    • Bacon, cut crosswise into three equal pieces
    • Brown sugar, for sprinkling
    • Toothpicks

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Fancy pigs

Ingredients

    • 1 pound fresh sausage (lamb, chicken, chorizo, whatever you fancy), 1/2-inch thick
    • 2 puff pastry sheets
    • Dijon or whole mustard
    • 1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon of milk, as egg wash

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Truffle popcorn

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 3 tablespoons white truffle oil
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated over a microplane
    • Salt and pepper to taste

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