New Year’s Eve Appetizers
New Year’s Eve is always the perfect time to throw a party. Your guests are still in a festive mood after all the Christmas celebrations, but they are also looking forward to and excited about the promises of the coming year. If you are hosting a sit-down meal, choose one of our tempting holiday menus. You will find a selection of intimate fireside meals, Cajun inspired menus, or easy going Southern dinners. You will also want to impress your guests with a show-stopping dessert such as an eye-catching beignet tower, trifles, tiramisu, fudge, cheesecakes, and much, much more. If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve cocktail party, or just need a few delicious New Year’s appetizers to start your party off on the right foot, look no further than this selection. Whether you have lots of time to prepare or need to whip up something in a flash, from baked brie bites, a selection of cheese balls, and new twists on old favorites, you are sure to find the perfect appetizer that will satisfy the hungriest of crowds.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
These delicious five-ingredient appetizers come together in under 10 minutes.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
Belgian endive lettuce, with a crisp texture, sweet flavor, and a slightly bitter undertone, makes the perfect vessel for creamy herbed goat cheese.
Blue Cheese Red-Currant Cheese Ball
You can reshape this cheese ball into a log for a colorful, festive touch.
Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball
Shape the cheese mixture into a log for a different presentation.
Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
For a different presentation, make this mousse in a 1 1/2-qt. ovenproof dish instead of small jars.
Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips
If you don’t have time to make the crispy wonton chips, you can use kettle chips or tortilla chips.
Feta-Olive Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
The fresh herbs on this cheese ball make this a beautiful offering at a New Year’s Eve party.
Grapefruit-Beet-Goat Cheese Flatbread
Let the bakery pizza dough rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes to make it easier to work with.
Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
Recipe: Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
We have given the signature Kentucky sandwich of bacon, turkey, and cheese sauce a new twist by turning them into beautiful bite-size cups.
Roasted Fennel-and-Prosciutto Flatbread
You can substitute sweet onion for fennel and bacon for prosciutto.
Smoked Trout Crostini with Radishes and Dill Cream
For an even more colorful spread, replace half the trout with smoked salmon.
Recipe: Bacon-Fig Tassies
If you are pinched for time, substitute frozen mini-phyllo pastry shells for the dough.
Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
Recipe: Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
You can make these a few days ahead and chill in an airtight container.
Recipes: Cuban Sliders
A welcome change from the usual party sliders, this mini sandwich has all the flavor of a great Cuban. Crisp the bread by warming the sandwiches in a hot jelly-roll pan and adding weight on top of the bread.
Gumbo Rice Fritters
Recipe: Gumbo Rice Fritters
You can make the rice balls two weeks ahead and freeze. Bread and fry straight from the freezer.
Marinated Olives and Almonds
Recipe: Marinated Olives and Almonds
A big batch of these delicious olives and almonds will last in the refrigerator up to a week. It's the perfect snack to serve a big crowd.
Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
Recipe: Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
This fresh, colorful shrimp cocktail is sure to please your crowd this holiday season.
Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Recipe: Orange-Basil Baked Brie
The bright flavors of orange and basil make this the perfect party appetizer. Serve on a pretty cutting board with a cheese knife, and let guests cut their own portions.
Sweet Potato Tartlets
Recipe: Sweet Potato Tartlets
These festive tarts, which use the popular sweet potato, are the perfect sweet treat for grazing guests. You can make them up to a day ahead and store, covered, in the fridge.
Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
Recipe: Wine-Spiked Cranberry Cheese Log
This succulent, syrupy fruit is ideal as a topping for pound cake or ice cream. You can also spoon it over a softened log of goat cheese instead of cream cheese.
Asparagus-Blue Cheese Canapés
Recipe: Asparagus-Blue Cheese Canapés
Feel free to use any soft, crumbly cheese in place of blue cheese.
Black-eyed Pea Pâté
Recipe: Black-eyed Pea Pate
Salty country ham and shiitake mushrooms adds deep flavor to this earthy, creamy Southern spread. Save time and make up to 2 days ahead. Keep chilled until ready to use.
Blue Cheese Straws
Recipe: Blue Cheese Straws
Entertain guests with blue cheese straws—a flavorful twist on a classic Southern appetizer. These cheese straws add a bit of edge with black pepper and a generous hunk of blue cheese.
Buttery Toasted Pecans
Recipe: Buttery Toasted Pecans
The key to these toasted pecans is low-and slow. Patiently roast pecans (the entire 25 minutes!) at 325° to coax out their flavor and essential oils.
Recipe: Cheese Dreams
These savory little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or you can freeze them up to 3 weeks in advance. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer and increase the bake time by 10 minutes.
Chicks in a Blanket
Recipe: Chicks in a Blanket
Everyone’s favorite party food gets a remake by using chicken-apple sausages. They are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.
Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Recipe: Cranberry-Goat Cheese Canapés
Make Ahead: Stir together the cranberry mixture up to 3 days ahead of time. Assemble the canapés the day of your party.
Lump Crab Mornay
Recipe: Lump Crab Mornay
Your holiday guests will devour this creamy and cheesy rendition of the traditional crab dip.
Millionaire’s Candied Bacon
Recipe: Millionaire’s Candied Bacon
Sugar coated roasted bacon isn’t just for breakfast! Serve this at your next party and watch it disappear.
Pimiento Cheese Gougerés
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Gougerés
We put a Southern accent on this classic French hors d'oeuvre. You can use a piping bag with a 1/2-inch round tip or a zip-top plastic freezer bag with a corner snipped off to pipe the dough onto the baking sheets.
Roasted Shallot Dip
Recipe: Roasted Shallot Dip
Ditch the store bought onion dip and give this fresh recipe a try. Caramelized sweet shallots and silky mascarpone cheese add new-school touches to onion-soup dip.
Rosemary Salt-and-Vinegar Chips
Sesame Salmon Croquettes
Recipe: Sesame Salmon Croquettes
These aren’t the old-school salmon croquettes! Fragrant fresh ginger gives these easy two-bite nibbles a bright punch of flavor. If you can’t find fresh ginger, substitute with 1/2 tsp. ground ginger.
Warm Kale and Asiago Dip
Recipe: Warm Kale and Asiago Dip
The party staple, hot spinach dip gets a trendy makeover with the use of bacon and trendy kale.
Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball
Recipe: Smoky Bacon-Cheddar Cheese Ball
Update the cheese platter with a new cheese ball, spiced honey for drizzling, and marinated feta.