In less than 48 hours, we will welcome 2021 with new goals, new milestones and a new sense of hope. And while 2020 was quite the ride (to say the very least), I’m still celebrating my little feats and memories that surfaced over the last 12 months.
Whether you’re commemorating 2020 or raising your glass to 2021, you can bring your loved ones together on the night of the 31st to share some laughs, stories and good company. But you know me all too well… a get-together, big or small, is nothing without some snacks!
So take a look at some of the best New Year’s Eve Appetizers you can throw together tomorrow night — bound to please anyone from the sweet-lover to the one with a sophisticated palate.
New Year’s Eve Appetizers From My Kitchen
I’m no appetizer pro, but I do have a few recipes on hand that hold my guests over until the big meal. Just click on the blue highlighted link above the photo to find the recipe, or watch my YouTube videos for a detailed explanation of how to whip them up!
I’ve been making these crackers for over 30 years and they’re still a hit to this day. The recipe is super easy to throw together and they’re a great year-round treat. I love how versatile they are, too. You can serve these crackers alone or mix them with peanuts for a whole new take on the treat.
Five ingredients is all it takes to create these savory spinach balls. They’re made with spinach, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese — making them a good pick for anyone who likes a burst of flavor in one bite.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. You can’t go wrong with a charcuterie board! I make mine with a variety of cheeses including firm cheese soaked in raspberry malt, stinky cheese, cheddar and brie or goat cheese. I also add cured meats, with my favorite being genoa.
I typically bake this artichoke dip during big football weekends, but I promise you it will also work as a New Year’s Eve appetizer. It’s filled with some great flavor thanks to the sausage and sun-dried tomatoes — basically an antipasto in dip form!
Serve it with anything from baked pita to tortilla chips to raw veggies.
Classic Appetizers For The Family
You know the classics. Chips and dip, veggie trays, and cocktail shrimp among others. They’re traditional snacks almost anyone likes to eat! Here are a few that I found online that I’m sure will be a hit this New Year’s Eve.
Mozzarella sticks call my name almost every time I go to a restaurant. Unfortunately, they aren’t always the healthiest option on the menu.
This New Year’s Eve, you can make these ones which are actually a lighter take on the classic. The trick to the healthy rendition is part-skim string cheese and whole wheat bread crumbs, but I’m sure they taste just as good!
Deviled eggs are one of the easiest appetizers to make. And since they’re always a crowd fave, I love making a batch whenever I have friends or family over. This one from the Food Network is super simple and very similar to my own.
The moment I bought my first Crock Pot I was a changed woman. Whether you’re cooking up a meal for a crowd or putting together a small side dish, it makes cooking your favorites 10-times easier.
This recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen looks easy and incredibly delicious. I mean, how could it not be? These cocktail meatballs are covered in a sauce made with cranberries, brown sugar, dijon mustard and chili sauce. Just throw them in the Crock Pot 2-3 hours before your gathering.
When I picture a table full of appetizers, I always picture bruschetta. It actually originated in Italy during the 15th century and is considered an antipasto.
This recipe is full of flavor and only takes around 30 minutes to make. What more could you want?
Sweet New Year’s Eve Appetizers
Why wait for dessert to have a sweet treat? These New Year’s Eve Appetizers are perfect for the guest who prefers cookies and cake over the main course.
I didn’t even know Buckeye Dip existed until today, but it includes peanut butter and chocolate so it must be good! All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a mixer and fold in mini chocolate chips. Then, serve it up with graham crackers for the ultimate treat!
This unique take on apple pie is making my sweet tooth tingle. Rather than cut a slice from a classic pie, these little pie bites are a convenient finger food for any party.
My favorite part is that the recipe is made with Pillsbury Original crescent rolls — a total time saver!
Chex Mix is a classic snack loved by kids and adults alike. But when the signature treat takes on a new spin it’s even better!
This recipe from 12 Tomatoes is tossed with caramel sauce and finished with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. After a good baking in the oven, they’re good to go.
Unique and New Appetizers To Try
I love my classic appetizers, but I’m all for trying something new! Check out some of these unique appetizers I found online. They might not be the ones that immediately come to mind when you think of pre-meal snacks, but I promise they’ll have people coming back for more.
Cherry tomatoes, chicken, lemon and granny smith apples don’t come to mind when I think of complementary flavors. But this recipe makes the combo sound incredible.
Start by making the chicken salad filling by mixing chopped apples, lemon juice, chicken, mayo, and seasonings. Then, spoon it into the carefully scooped tomatoes. The result is a little bite-sized snack that will fit perfectly with the rest of your New Year’s Eve Appetizers.
As a baseball mom, I’ve spent plenty of evenings at the ballpark, way past dinner time. And when I can’t fit in a full meal, soft pretzels come to the rescue!
These pretzel bites will give you that same game-day feel — but from the comfort of your own living room. And when they’re baked and finished, you can serve them with honey mustard, dijon or cheese.
Make this classic Mexican dish into an easy-to-serve appetizer with these Creamy Chicken Enchilada Roll-Ups from Diva di Cucina. Some of the main ingredients include cream cheese, cheese, tomatoes, and rotisserie chicken. Sounds like a winner to me!
Whether you want to go with something simple like veggies or peanuts, or you’d like to create one of these appetizers instead, I hope you’re able to enjoy New Year’s Eve with the ones who mean the most to you.
From my home to yours,
Find more of my favorite recipes here:
– New England Jam Cookies
– Easy Cranberry Apple Bake
– How To Make Bread Pudding With (Most) Any Type Of Bread