75 Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers to Get the Party Started
You thought you were going to spend New Year’s Eve in your jammies. But now that it’s approaching, hosting a small, last-minute bash seems like just the way to end 2021. Fun! Now, cue the panic: What the heck are you going to serve? Here, 75 New Year’s Eve appetizers that are easy, festive and filling. (Come on, you need something to soak up all that Champagne.)
1. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
These are everything you love about wings, minus the sticky hands.
4. Roasted Mixed Nuts
Strategically place bowls of these tasty homemade nuts around the living room for a fancy addition to your NYE party.
8. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
You might want to keep this plate of savory goodness close to the kitchen. (It’s safer there, right?)
10. Mozzarella Bites
Tiny fried balls of mozzarella cheese? Sign us up...and everyone else at the party, too.
12. Eggplant Parm Bites
On nights when appetizers are the main meal, hearty dishes are a welcome addition to the buffet. Case in point: eggplant parm bites with marinara dipping sauce.
13. Easy Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip
Free up some oven space, because the hostess with the mostest will definitely want to bake this goat cheese marinara dip. Serve it with toasted bread.
16. Mini Quesadillas
It’s time to eat cheese wrapped in wonton wrappers like it’s January 1.
21. Garlic Cheese Flatbread
We know you’re not supposed to eat garlic at a party, but too bad. Midnight kiss, schmidnight kiss.
24. The Perfect Easy Mezze Platter
Sometimes the best appetizers don’t even involve cooking, like a giant mezze platter loaded with hummus, tabbouleh and lavash.
27. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket
The “blanket” of this beloved appetizer is absolutely the best part, so make the filling a little healthier by subbing mini hot dogs with roasted carrots.
29. Vegan Arancini
Plant-based cheese and cold risotto are the secret ingredients in these crowd pleasers.
31. Waffle Iron Quesadillas
Quesadillas can be pressed and sliced on demand with this quick waffle maker hack. (Bonus: They look super cute.)
33. Crispy Baked Cauliflower Wings
Eating chicken wings at a party can be awkward—where the heck do you put the bones? Enter cauliflower wings. You’re welcome.
34. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey
This sheet-pan pizza can be easily cut into small slices to serve a crowd, so one batch goes a long way.
36. Baked Gorgonzola Bites
Be prepared to share the recipe for these gooey, cheesy rolls, because everyone’s going to be asking for it.
37. Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws
These flaky, crisp homemade crackers are conversation-pausing swirls of goodness.
38. Katsu Bites with Chipotle-Gochujang Sauce
These panko-coated chicken breast bites are delightfully crunchy...and even better dipped in the homemade fusion hot sauce.
39. The Classiest Cheese Balls in the Universe
You only think cheese balls are outdated. These modern toppings will prove you wrong.
40. Goat Cheese and Honey Bites
Four ingredients (including easy frozen puff pastry) and 20 minutes? We can handle that.
42. Mini Cranberry Potpies
Don't have ramekins or mini pie dishes on hand? Go ahead and whip up one big pie in a nine-by-nine baking dish instead.
44. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
We dare you to have just one (OK, five).
47. Crispy Mushrooms
Presenting your one-way ticket to Umamiville. You won't believe how crunchy the creminis get after being slow-roasted.
48. Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines
Could these salty-sweet gems be any more chic? We think not.
49. Prosciutto Bites
They're sort of like reverse pigs in a blanket, only classier.
50. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies
Presentation is everything, people.
51. Loaded Baked Potato ‘Chips’
All the fixings of a traditional loaded baked potato, plus the irresistible crunch of a chip.
52. Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops
Let's face it: Everything tastes better on a stick. And with a sprinkle of flaky salt.
54. Sweet Potato Crostini
Get ready to make the toughest decision of your life: smoked salmon or cranberry-almond?
56. Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken
They'd taste great in ranch dressing, but we're partial to garlic aioli.
57. Spinach Artichoke Squares
Spinach artichoke dip is a dependable home run—but we have a feeling no one will mind eating it wrapped in puff pastry.
58. Winter Cheese Board
This beauty's all about the add-ons. Think kumquats, persimmons, apples and rosemary crackers.
59. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
You're seriously not ready for these three-ingredient gems. It's the ultimate cheater's appetizer.
60. Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Dip
Y'all. It's ready in five minutes flat. Need we say more?
61. Baby Blooming Onions
BRB, drinking the horseradish dipping sauce straight from the bowl.
62. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites
All in favor of making Brussels sprouts their own food group say "aye."
63. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites
The key to the hostess drinking her Champagne while it's still actually cold? Fifteen-minute appetizers, of course.
64. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce
They're baked in the oven for maximum crispiness, minus the messy frying.
65. Churro Bites with Chocolate Sauce
Nothing puts us in the mood to celebrate like fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar.
75. Pumpkin Hummus
PSL season is year-round in our hearts. Serve this simple dip starring canned pumpkin puree with pita bread, tortilla chips, crudités or crackers.
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