No-Prep, Last-Minute New Year's Eve Party Apps

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

It's New Year's Eve, you're rushing out the door, and you realize that you need to bring a dish to the party you're heading to. If you're like us, you've spent your free time searching for the perfect glamorous outfit, contemplating your resolutions, and spending time with the family. After the hustle and bustle of Christmas entertaining, we tend to overlook the celebration that follows. Between family celebrations and reorganizing your entire house in the post-Christmas downtime, the five days between Christmas and New Year's Eve pass in a flash—so it's no wonder that the party snuck up on you. Here are our favorite fast and fancy New Year's Eve appetizers that you can throw together in 60 minutes–or less. How's that for a great end to the year?

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Creamy Shrimp Dip

Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Dip

All you’ve got to do to prepare this creamy shrimp dish is stir and chill. If you’re running short on time, forgo the homemade Crispy Wonton Chips (which only take 10 minutes to make) and serve with fancy potato chips instead.
Total time: 40 minutes

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Cherry-Pecan Brie

Cherry-Pecan Brie
Jim Franco

Recipe: Cherry-Pecan Brie

Purchase a store bought Brie round, pop it in the oven for a few minutes, and drizzle with a sweet blend of cherry preserves, balsamic vinegar, and pepper. Done.
Total time: 10 minutes

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Warm Lemon-Rosemary Olives

Warm Lemon-Rosemary Olives
Jim Franco

Recipe: Warm Lemon-Rosemary Olives

Mixed olives are a salty staple at any evening party. Upgrade store-bought mixed olives with rosemary, red pepper, and lemon zest for a dish that’ll disappear before the clock strikes midnight.
Total time: 40 minutes

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Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball

Two is better than one. That’s why we combined two of our favorite cheeses, Feta and cream cheese, into this savory, simple cheese ball. Serve with crackers and cucumber slices.
Total time: 45 minutes

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Buttery Toasted Pecans

Buttery Toasted Pecans
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Buttery Toasted Pecans

The secret to buttery, flavorful toasted pecans? The addition of a few tablespoons of melted butter, and patience. Roast them for 25 minutes on low temperature for an even toast.
Total time: 35 minutes

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Baked Brie Bites

Sparkling Pomegranate Punch
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Baked Brie Bites

Crispy on the outside and rich and gooey on the inside, these flavorful bites are topped with a dollop of pepper jelly, flaky sea salt, and a few crunchy toasted pecans for a classic and unique Southern touch.
Total time: 10 minutes

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Mini Caprese Bites

Mini Caprese Bites
William Dickey

Recipe: Mini Caprese Bites

Always a crowd-pleaser, caprese combines fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes for a bite-size taste of Italy.
Total time: 20 minutes

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Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip

Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip Recipes
Southern Living

Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip

Get a head start on your luck for the New Year. Deli bought ham, black-eyed peas, and fresh tomatoes are flavored with savory onions, parsley, and olive oil for a unique dish that’s sure to stun.
Total time: 20 minutes

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Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles
Ralph Lee Anderson

Recipe: Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles

These veggie and roast beef bundles are a bundle of joy to make. The only cooking you’ll need to do is blanche the asparagus.
Total time: 15 minutes

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Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Melon, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Skewers

Here’s the easiest way to trick your friends into thinking you’re a gourmet chef: salty cured ham meets creamy, fresh melon for a super-easy savory and sweet appetizer.
Total time: 20 minutes

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Bacon-Cheese Dip

Bacon-Cheese Dip
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Bacon-Cheese Dip

Bacon and Cheddar are a match made in foodie heaven. This savory dip comes together with five ingredients; just stir and chill.
Total time: 35 minutes

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Bacon-Arugula-Apple Bites

Bacon-Arugula-Apple Bites
Ralph Lee Anderson

Recipe: Bacon-Arugula-Apple Bites

This unexpected appetizer combines apple slices, spreadable cheese, bacon, arugula, and pepper for a finger food that’s as pretty as it is yummy—no baking required.
Total time: 15 minutes

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Bacon and Greens Salsa

Bacon and Greens Salsa

Recipe: Bacon and Greens Salsa

Another classic New Year’s staple, collard greens, provides the base for this bacon-filled Southern dip, served warm.
Total time: 30 minutes

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