New Year’s Eve Entertaining & Appetizer Recipe

Appetizer for New Year's Eve

My favorite New Year’s Eve parties include appetizers galore, lots of laughs, and champagne! Looking for some inspiration for this year’s menu? This Pear and Pancetta Goat Cheese recipe from the Gluten Free Blondie is terrific: easy to prepare, pretty to look at (though it won’t last long!), and tasty, with sweet pears, salty, crunchy pancetta, and creamy goat cheese.

And for those of you host/hostesses who’ve resolved to save money in the New Year, try these cost-cutting entertaining ideas without sacrificing any of the party fun:

  • Make your New Year’s Eve Party a BYOA (Bring Your Own Appetizer) event.
  • Serve champagne punch for midnight toasting.
  • Consider starting the party around 10pm.
  • For free entertainment, ask guests to write resolutions or predictions for the New Year and have everyone guess who wrote them.
  • Place sparkly Christmas ornaments in a glass bowl or vase as a centerpiece or for decoration along the buffet.

Adapted from Clara Edd’s blog Square Pennies

Recipe: Pear Slices topped with Crispy Pancetta, Goat Cheese + Honey

Recipe adapted by Gluten Free Blondie from a recipe in Southern Living 


  • 3 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (about 12-14 slices)
  • 2 to 3 firm Comice pears (you should get about 5-8 decent sized slices out of each pear)
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • Honey, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Separate the pancetta slices and place them on the baking sheet. They’ll shrink up quite a bit as they cook, so no need to leave much room in between. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the pancetta is darker in color and the edges are curled. Using the Zyliss Cook N Serve Tongs, move crisped slices to a paper towel to cool for 10 minutes.

Slice the pears in rounds about ¼” thick. We recommend using setting 3 on the Zyliss Easy Slice Folding Mandoline. The middle-most slices will have seeds in them. Use the Zyliss Paring Knife 3.5” to remove the seeds. Move the pear slices to a bowl and squeeze the lemon over them. Toss to coat (this will stop the browning process).

Arrange the pear slices on a serving platter. Top each pear slice with one piece of pancetta then a few crumbles of goat cheese. Drizzle with honey, and finish with a dash of black pepper. Serve immediately.