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Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Celebrity Appetizer Recipes

If you’re party plans were up in the air until only moments ago, or you’ve only just caught the bug to cook, there’s still plenty of time to prep some finger-food snacks that everyone will enjoy. If you’ve resolved to lose a little weight at the strike of 12, then these healthy recipes are sure to kick-start your efforts. Most of these use ingredients you probably have on hand, minimizing your need for a trip to the grocery store.

What’s a party without Buffalo chicken? These Boneless Buffalo Chicken Strips, by Chef Devin Alexander, give all of the flavor you expect and less of the fat and calories you won’t miss. The 293 calories per serving even includes a classic blue cheese dip.

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 chicken tenderloins (about 1 pound), trimmed of tendons
  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 tablespoons light butter (stick, not tub)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot sauce (a thick one like Frank’s), plus more to taste

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Chicken, vegetables, or crackers all taste better with this Blue Cheese Dip from Chef Devin. Light mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, hot sauce, and blue cheese crumbles whip up an excellent party dip.

Add some flare to your contribution to the snack table with a  7-Layer Dip from Biggest Loser’s Ada Wong. Ground turkey replaces fatty beef or sausage, and is layered with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole, salsa, and even a little cheese. Use your favorite baked tortilla chip for scooping.

Whether adding to the 7-Layer Dip or serving on its own, Eva Longoria’s Chunky Guacamole with Serrano Peppers is sure to be a hit. With avocados in season you’ll be able to find a deal. And since guac is best served fresh, you can grab your ingredients on the way to the party!

While you’re at the store, pick-up the ingredients you need for these Hoppin John Burgers, a delicious alternative to the traditional Crock pot full of black-eyed peas that, supposedly, bring good luck on New Year’s Day.

December 31st, 2011

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