One of the wonderful things about having a polytunnel is that you can grow your own food to eat even during mid-winter. Even at this darkest and chilliest time of the year, you can still feed your family and friends with a range of delicious home-grown produce. To inspire you to create home-grown delights for your visitors to see out the old year and welcome in the new, here are some simple yet effective party food ideas for New Year’s Eve:
Mini Vegetable Quiches
Mini quiches are an ideal party food at almost any time of year. Plenty of winter greens can be used to enliven vegetable quiches at this time of the year. Stuff kale, cabbage, Asian greens, spinach or other greens into mini quiches, along with whatever herbs you have to hand, for a party food par excellence. You could also add some caramelised onions to your vegetable quiches, for a hint of sweetness.
Onion Bhajis and Vegetable Samosas
For an Asian inspired party banquet this New Year’s eve, you could consider making your own spicy nibbles. Consider using home-grown onions to make some onion bhajis, or fold your own vegetable samosas using fresh and stored vegetables of various kinds from your polytunnel. Serve these with spicy dips and perhaps some other spicy nibbles such as spiced roasted seeds or curries.
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Another party food that pairs well with home-made dips are vegetable spring rolls. Whether you make your own thin-rolled pastry or buy the casing for your spring rolls, you can use produce you have grown in your polytunnel – cabbage, carrots etc… – to stuff them full of goodness and create a taste sensation.
Spinach & Pesto Tartlets
Bring a hint of sophistication to your New Year’s Eve soirees with these delicious tartlets. Stuff shortcrust pasty casings with a mixture of spinach (or other winter greens), home-made herb pesto and cream cheese (or cashew cheese for a vegan option).
A perennial favourite with families and a good choice for kid-friendly party food, mini pizzas can be customised to suit your tastes and preferences, as well as to make use of seasonal options at any time of the year. Top small pizza dough bases with whatever sauce, toppings and cheeses you may like for a treat that will be enjoyed by party guests of all ages.
Will you be having a New Year’s Eve party this year? Will you use the opportunity to showcase some of the delicious, healthy food that you have been able to grow in your polytunnel? Share your own suggestions for home-grown party food ideas for New Year’s Eve in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.