Ring in the New Year with Family, Friends and Tasty Appetizers…

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more ringing in the New Year! It’s a night for nibbling, noshing, toasting, remembering and celebrating. The best part for me, however, is for us to be together as a family. It’s funny, when the kids were little, they would try so hard to make it ‘til midnight. Now, Chuck and I are nodding off, trying desperately to keep our eyeballs open. One way to stay awake is to look forward to a delicious appetizer buffet. I made two of my tastiest treats to share with you today. They are always a hit with my family and friends and will sure to become a favorite of yours as well.

Bite Size Crab Cakes:

You know my motto is more of everything is always better, which totally applies to appetizers. I made a double batch because if 24 are good, 48 must be better! The measurements listed are for a single batch.


8 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature

¾ grated Parmesan cheese, ¼ cup for the filling, ½ cup for the crust

1 large egg

¼ cup sour cream

1 tsp orange peel, grated

½ tsp lemon peel, grated

6 tsp chopped chives for the filling, another 2 Tbsp for the crust

¼ tsp salt

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

8 ounces fresh lump crab meat (I love the 16 oz container from CostCo)

1 cup panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs

½ stick butter, melted

Plus extra butter for greasing the mini muffin tins

The filling can be prepared the day before. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Pre-heat oven to 350°

Grease mini muffin tins generously with butter

For the filling:

With an electric mixer, beat;


Cream cheese

Mix until creamy and smooth


Parmesan cheese



Sour cream

Orange peel

Lemon peel

Chopped chives


Cayenne pepper

Beat until well blended and smooth

Gently stir in crabmeat



Set aside

For the crust:

Mix together;

Panko breadcrumbs

Parmesan cheese


Melted butter

Toss until evenly moistened


Press one tablespoon of panko mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup to form the crust



1 tsp crab mixture for each cup

Top each cup with a teaspoon of panko mixture

Bake the mini crab cakes for approximately 30 minutes, until they are a nice, golden brown


Cool for 5 minutes

To remove, slide a knife around the edge of each cup and remove carefully from the pan

Plate and serve

Everybody’s Loves ‘Em BLT Cups

One batch makes about 36 appetizers. Feel free to double and triple…. I like to make this the night before my event. I go so far as to get the dough in the tin and fill it with the bacon mixture. All that’ll be left is to pop them into the oven.

8 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped (approximately ¾ cup)

1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped (approximately ¾ cup)

½ small onion, chopped (approximately 2/3 cup)

1 ¼ cup grated Swiss cheese

½ cup mayonnaise

1 ½ Tbsp fresh chopped basil

2 cans of flaky biscuits, such as Hungry Jack

Pre-heat oven to 375°


In a mixing bowl, combine;





Swiss cheese




Stir until well mixed


Separate each flaky biscuit into two

Press a disc into the bottom of the each muffin cup

Fill each cup with a heaping teaspoon of bacon filling

Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a nice warm golden brown


Plate and serve

Your guests will be delighted to ring in the New Year in style!

More tasty morsels, more time together, more celebrations…..

Mini Crab Cake and Blt Cup Appetizers



Filed under Entertaining, Friendship, More is More Mom, Recipes

2 responses to “Ring in the New Year with Family, Friends and Tasty Appetizers…

  1. MaryJane Ouellette

    Everything looks delicious! I’d love to subscribe to your blog

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