Everyday Mom's Meals: Our New Year's Eve Tradition

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Our New Year's Eve Tradition

If you've been reading EMM for any length of time now, you are well aware of how the Marshall family likes to ring in the New Year every December 31st. For those of you who have joined our little blogging family since last NYE, let me explain.

Ever since Little E was about 6, our annual tradition is to stay home, inside where it is warm, and safe off the roads, wear our pjs, watch movies, and eat ALL night long. I put out a huge buffet of appetizers (or nibbly bits as the boy calls them) and we make an entire meal out of them, for hours. And when I say huge, I'm talking enough to feed an entire house full of party guests, but just for the 3 of us. It's become such a special little tradition for us, and we look forward to it so much. It's a terrific way to finish out the holiday season.

So every year I try to come up with at least one new dish to add to the menu, and start testing them out in about mid November. This is the new addition for 2015.

No party is complete without a tasty dip, and this one combines that notion with another favorite of ours, crab! Perfect for a platter of crackers or even some pita chips! Plus you can make it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until party time.

However you are welcoming in 2016, I hope it's in a fun, safe and of course yummy way! May the New Year bring you all the happiness and joy you can hope for!

Creamy Crab Dip
1 (6 oz.) can crab meat, drained and cartilage removed
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 TBS mayo
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. paprika, extra for garnish
1-3 tsp. horseradish, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dried chives, for garnish

In a medium bowl combine cream cheese, crab, mayo, mustard, lemon pepper seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Beat with electric mixer on LOW for 1-2 minutes, just until combined. Stir in horseradish. Chill for 1-2 hours. Add paprika and stir to combine. When ready to serve, sprinkle with extra paprika & chives. Serve with crackers or veggies. 

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