New Year’s Eve Celebration Part II

Looking for more recipes for your next gathering or New Year’s Eve celebration party?   Here are some succulent, super easy to make appetizers that your guests would not be able to stop grabbing. I am sure they’ll be asking for the recipe.


DSC_8227I had these Baked Buttered Panko Shrimp for dinner last night and oh, boy! I wanted more!  My husband preferred the fried ones (recipe follows).   You can triple the recipe if you are serving a large crowd.

CSC_8217I love the taste of orange and sweet chili together. A perfect, tasty combination for a dipping sauce in my opinion.  Wegman’s fried shrimps with orange sauce had me intrigued for quite a long time.  I just didn’t get a chance to try to make my own version of it until last night.  I am the kind of person who would whip up something on a whim if challenged and motivated. 🙂  Last night, I did just that.  My family got tired of eating meat the past two days.  I wanted to create something delicious and satisfying in small servings.  I thought of the shrimps I’ve had before and finally attempted to create my own using the ingredients I have at home.  I had a dozen of jumbo shrimp left in our freezer.  I often use sweet chili sauce in my cooking, so I always make sure I have one in my pantry.   I had one orange left in the fridge.  I always have some mayonnaise of course for making sandwiches and I have some leftover Panko crumbs from when I made some seafood dinner.  So, let’s get cookin’.



  • 1 dozen (12 pieces) Jumbo Shrimp, clean and deveined leaving the tail on
  • Progresso Crispy Panko crumbs Lemon and Pepper flavor
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • zest of whole orange
  • 3 pinches (1/8 teaspoon) of salt
  • 3 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.  Dip in melted butter then Panko crumbs.   Make sure the shrimps are well-coated with the Panko crumbs.  Place them on a baking sheet.  I baked them exactly 15 minutes. However, baking time varies depending on your oven.  I have a large convection oven.  You can bake the shrimp until the flesh turns opaque in color.   Make the sauce by combining the mayonnaise, juice of half orange, salt, sweet chili sauce and lemon juice in a small bowl.  Whisk to incorporate.


If you are like some people who preferred fried foods, here’s a delicious recipe for you.


Slit the back of the shrimps halfway being careful not to cut it all the way. Follow the directions above for the shrimp, but instead of coating the shrimp with Panko crumbs, coat the shrimp with a mixture of 1/4 cup cornstarch and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour.  Deep fry or pan-fry the shrimp until opaque or cooked through.  Don’t overcook.


Zesty and Tangy Shrimp Appetizer

For the  recipe, click here.


These strawberry bites may look so ordinary, but wait until you taste them.  These little bites my friend are big in flavor, I tell you!  A refreshing appetizer with a crunch that will have your guests saying,  “oh, wow!”

I discovered this raw Cherry honey that’s made from Italy when Wegman’s had a tasting event of the product.  The staff was dabbing it on top of these petite toasts.  I immediately thought of our (my children and I) favorite snack, the strawberry and brie cheese.  These petite toasts would add some crunch and the honey would be a great surprise or a mystery addition that will have your guests talking.

All you need to have are strawberries, milder, buttery, and milky flavor of brie cheese, petite toasts (available at Wegman’s) or Ritz crackers, and raw Cherry honey.  There are 40 petite toasts in one package.  Triple the recipe because one person might ended up eating at least ten of ’em.   They are that good!  Just dab some raw honey on top of the petite toasts, then add a small slices of buttery brie cheese and top with  half strawberries.  Now devour one of the Strawberry bites.  I’m sure you will agree that these petite bites are  indeed big in flavor!  I’ve made at least 90 bites so far and I still have almost half of the raw Cherry honey left.  My husband always requests these Strawberry bites whenever he wants a snack.  🙂

Happy New Year!  Wishing you all a blessed 2014 from our family to yours. 🙂

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