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Bacon-Wrapped, Andouille-Stuffed Dates with Pecan Romesco Sauce

Ramona King

Bacon-Wrapped, Andouille-Stuffed Dates with Pecan Romesco Sauce


Ring in the New Year with these 3 Southern party foods

A Southern-inspired New Years party is the perfect way to end the year with a bang — especially when it's filled with just the right amount of indulgent, decadent bites. 

Here are some of our favorite dishes to share with friends and family while we celebrate the New Year. 

Bacon-Wrapped, Andouille-Stuffed Dates with Pecan Romesco Sauce
Stuffed and wrapped dates, the ubiquitous Mediterranean appetizer, gets a spicy Southern twist in this recipe thanks to andouille sausage, bacon and a smoky dipping sauce. To help the bacon crisp up in the oven, run the back of your knife along each strip before wrapping to make it thinner. 
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Hoppin’ John Rice Fritters with Collard Green Pesto
This twist on a Southern New Year's tradition may or may not give you good luck in the coming year, but it's a guaranteed delicious way to start it!  The risotto used to make the fritters can be made a day ahead, and makes for a hearty dinner on it's own. 
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Bacon, Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread
This flatbread recipe is incredibly versatile — feel free to use it as an inspirational template and change the toppings to suit your and your guests' mood. Buying store-bought pizza dough or any kind of flatbread makes this no-fuss recipe even more effortless.
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Photo credit (Hoppin' John Rice Fritters with Collard Green Pesto): Ramona King 
Photo credit (Bacon, Butternut and Blue Cheese Flatbread): Llisa Lotts

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Dena Rayess is a recipe editor and cookbook author based in San Francisco. She enjoys exploring new foodways in and around the Bay Area and beyond, and has been known to whip up a mean house cocktail at dinner parties.

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