Count Down with These New Year’s Eve Snacks
Ring in the New Year with savory snacks that can feed a crowd. The key on New Year’s Eve is to make sure your menu is made to graze. Meaning, you can do all the prep ahead of time, then enjoy the party (and countdown) with your guests. Just be sure to keep an eye on platters and serving bowls to ensure they don't need replenishing. Otherwise, grab your champagne cocktail, make the rounds, and enjoy ringing in the New Year. Our New Year’s Eve snacks ideas have something for every kind of New Year’s Eve party. If you and a few of your friends are gathering to watch the ball drop try our Creamy Shrimp Dip with Wonton Chips. It’s the perfect (perfectly addictive, that is) snack for a casual holiday party among friends. For a cocktail hour leading up to a formal sit-down dinner, you won’t want to spoil anyone’s dinner but, since drinks are being served, you’ll surely want something for guests to nosh on. Our Spicy-Sweet Pecans are surprisingly satisfying and easy to eat while holding a cocktail. Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites are great for a late-night gathering where a full meal isn’t being served—one bite and you’ll soon find out why they’re one of our favorite recipes for a New Year’s Eve snacks party.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
Use frozen mini phyllo pastry shells to have this 12-serving recipe on the sideboard in less than 20 minutes.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
Handheld recipes that aren’t a mess to eat are always winners. Bonus: Our Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese makes a beautiful presentation.
Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon
If you’re just serving heavy appetizers, this is a great option. Tiny Yukon Gold potatoes are sliced, then stuffed with a combination of butter, chives, rosemary, bacon, and blue cheese.
Sweet Potato and Chorizo Sausage Bites
Don’t skip the plum and Dijon jelly. It’s an absolute must for dipping these savory sausage bites.
Blue Cheese-Red Currant Cheese Ball
We used cream cheese, lemon zest and juice, hot sauce, blue cheese, red currant jam, and dried currants to make this flavorful cheese ball.
Cheddar-Horseradish-Walnut Cheese Ball
We called for water crackers to serve alongside, but you can use whatever variety you prefer.
Chicken Liver Mousse Crostini with Pepper Jelly
Pepper jelly, a Southern favorite for serving with pimiento cheese, also tastes delicious with our chicken liver mousse.
Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips
Pick up cooked shrimp from your grocery store or fish market to make quick work of this recipe.
Feta-Olive-Fresh Herb Cheese Ball
If you’re looking for a big pop of flavor, this is it. Feta, green olives, flat-leaf parsley, and green onions pack a punch.
Petite Sweet Potato Biscuits with Pulled Pork and Slaw
Pre-bake the biscuits and pick up barbecue from your favorite local spot. Just don’t wait until the last minute—they might be closed on New Year’s Eve.
Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Pecans
Scatter small dishes of Spicy-Sweet Pecan throughout your party so guests always have a snack within reach.
Recipe: Bacon-Fig Tassies
If you’re pressed for time, don’t stress! Swap in mini-phyllo pastry shells in place of the dough.
Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
Recipe: Benne-Maple Roasted Pecans
Add another nut option to the menu.
Recipe: Cuban Sliders
These warm, pressed sandwiches are the perfect late-night snack. Prep a few batches of these ahead of time and keep them on a sheet pans in the refrigerator. When the moment strikes, pop a sheet pan in the oven. As they’re devoured, rotate in the next batch.
Recipe: Fried Hominy
Guests are going to love this. Savory Spice Mix is absolutely addictive, but those with a sweet tooth are going to love topping Fried Hominy with Cinnamon Spice Mix. Make two batches so friends and family can choose their own adventure.
Gumbo Rice Fritters
Recipe: Gumbo Rice Fritters
Now this is a unique take on gumbo. Serve with Spicy Mayo for dipping.
Marinated Olives and Almonds
Recipe: Marinated Olives and Almonds
This olive and nut mix is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Recipe: Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Guests will love this easy-to-eat brie. You can serve warm or at room temperature.
Sweet Potato Tartlets
Recipe: Sweet Potato Tartlets
Garnish these dessert cups with brown sugar pecans, mint leaves, and sweetened whipped cream.