Over Christmas I entertained and fed folks a few times. I feel like when I have the dining room table set, and people invited over during the Holiday or any time, I want to serve something a little special. Something that looks beautiful on the plate, as well as tastes delicious. Often times I don’t mind spending the entire day in the kitchen to make this happen, but this year I just didn’t have that kind of time. I served two foods that got rave reviews, were beautiful on a plate, delicious, super quick and easy, AND were even healthy!
If you are looking to entertain for New Year’s Eve I have two wonderful ideas for you. You can add the decadent sides, like wonderful potatoes au gratin, a pasta, or some other glorious side, along with a salad and you are set. Your table will be gorgeous, your food ymmy and your guests will think you a genius!
Salmon in Parchment Paper
6 salmon fillets or one large salmon fillet (which is what I used)
Salt and pepper to taste
dried basil and any other spice you want to use
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 lemons, thinly sliced
Either set your oven to 400 degrees or your grill.
Place a large sheet of parchment paper on a large jelly roll pan, leaving enough paper to fold over and cover salmon. Season salmon with salt and pepper, basil and other spices you want. Drizzle with olive oil and place lemon slices on top. e. Cut two half inch slices into flesh of each piece of salmon; roll basil leaves and stuff into slits in salmon.
Place a salmon fillet in the center of each piece of parchment paper. Drizzle each fillet with 1 teaspoon of the oil, then place lemon slices on top.
Gather sides of parchment up over salmon to form a pouch, leaving no openings, and tie tightly with kitchen twine. Place packages directly on hot baking sheet in oven and cook for 20 minutes.
Carefully open package to allow steam to release, slice individual pieces to serve.
You can also use individual fillets and cut individual pieces of parchment paper to have a packet for each plate. This is a cool way to serve if your crowd isn’t too large!
A serving of this salmon is about 400 calories, contains heart healthy fat and 34 grams of protein.
Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Green Bean Bundles
sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
a drizzle of olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
Wrap 12 – 15 green beans with 2 slices of prosciutto and place seem side down on the baking sheet. Repeat.
Sprinkle the green bean bundles with sea salt and pepper.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Bake for 20 mins.
Could this be any easier? I did not get an after photo because they were grabbed up and plated so quickly! However, this is what one version looks like cooked:
These are two great dishes to have on hand for you or your guests. You can feel pretty good about serving them and saving your calories for dessert!
What are you doing for New Year’s? In or Out? Celebrate large or small?
Enjoy Your New Year’s Eve! Have Fun and Be Safe!