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Ditch a formal dinner and do apps this New Year's

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  • For New Year's Eve noshing try roasted shrimp cocktail, pineapple chicken lettuce wraps, and Elvis phyllo cups.

      For New Year's Eve noshing try roasted shrimp cocktail, pineapple chicken lettuce wraps, and Elvis phyllo cups.
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By Aliscon Ladman
Associated Press

Not up to putting on a formal dinner party for New Year's Eve? Can't blame you. And who cares? Most people would prefer the more casual atmosphere of lots of appetizer-sized nibbles, anyway.

To help you pull it all together, we assembled an easy menu that recasts some classic appetizers in fresh ways. Start off with a roasted take on the traditional shrimp cocktail. Make it funky by serving the shrimp and roasted grape tomatoes in individual spoons. We also have a quick and easy pineapple chicken salad that's served in lettuce wraps.

And for fun, we offer up "Elvis cups" -- mini phyllo pastry cups filled with bacon, peanut butter and banana slices.

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