65 Party-Ready New Year's Eve Appetizers

Ring in the New Year With the Tastiest Bites

Fried Ravioli

Leah Maroney

 

Don't just throw a New Year's Eve party—host one filled with the best appetizers! Entertaining guests is more exciting when you can serve small nibbles featuring a variety of flavors and ingredients. From elegant seafood bites to crispy fried crowd-pleasers, here are recipes to help inspire you this holiday season and kick off another year of good eating. Now all you need is a good bottle of bubbly or big-batch punch.

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    Teriyaki Meatballs

    Teriyaki Meatballs

    Leah Maroney

     

    These golf-ball sized beef and pork meatballs are moist and tasty, with great flavor from ginger and scallions. Your guests will love the sweet-savory teriyaki sauce that's easy to whip up. Serve them on a platter sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and speared on cocktail toothpicks.

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    Oysters Rockefeller

    Oysters Rockefeller

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    This legendary baked oysters dish is named after the famous American tycoon, signifying its richness. Oysters in the shell are topped with a buttery breadcrumb topping that's flavored with fresh herbs, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces, and absinthe, then baked to golden brown.

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    Crab Rangoon

    Crab Rangoon

    Leah Maroney

     

    Spruce up your party snacks with this easy recipe for the popular restaurant appetizer. Crab meat is combined with cream cheese and a few flavorings, folded into wonton wrappers, then quickly deep fried for a crunchy seafood snack that's sure to please guests.

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    Hummus with Tahini

    Hummus with Tahini

    The Spruce

     

    This traditional Middle Eastern hummus made with chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic is rich in protein, not to mention dairy- and egg- free, making it a fabulous vegetarian option. Serve drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh chopped parsley with crackers nearby for scooping.

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    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Elaine Lemm

     

    Prepared puff pastry makes these elegant little party bites easy to prepare. Mild, melting Brie cheese and sweet-tart cranberries are a match made in heaven, especially when folded into flaky, pastry bundles.

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    Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp

    Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp

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    Baked coconut shrimp deliver plenty of flavor without the extra fat and calories of frying. You dip raw shrimp in beaten eggs to moisten, roll them in seasoned breadcrumbs and shredded coconut, then bake until golden. Serve with Thai sweet chili sauce.

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    Bacon and Fig Cheese Ball

    Bacon and Fig Cheese Ball

    Leah Maroney

     

    You will be bacon guests crazy when they spot this tasty, retro-inspired cheese ball on the table. Cheddar, cream cheese, bacon, scallions, and fig jam are mixed together, shaped into a festive orb, and rolled in crispy bacon bits.

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    Sausage Roll

    British sausage rolls

    The Spruce

     

    When it comes to classic party appetizers, nothing quite beats meaty sausages wrapped in flaky, golden puff pastry. Change things up by using different flavors of sausages.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

    Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

    Leah Maroney

     

    Bacon is the highlight of these meat-wrapped jalapeno poppers. Sweet, smoky, spicy, cheesy, creamy, and crunchy, this appetizer recipe has it all. The poppers cook up super quickly, making them a great option for last-minute gatherings .

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    Fried Ravioli

    Fried Ravioli

    Leah Maroney

     

    Party guests will flip for these breaded deep-fried pasta bites that start with your favorite pre-made ravioli. Serve them on a platter, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese and marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

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    Spicy Meat and Cheese Stromboli

    Spicy Meat and Cheese Stromboli

    Elaine Lemm

     

    Pizza-loving guests are sure to flip for stromboli, a classic Italian dish that's a lot like a rolled-up pie. It's filled with classic pizza toppings, including sausage, ham, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, fresh basil, and black olives. Slice it up for easy serving.

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    Smoked Fish Paté

    Smoked Fish Paté

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    Whip up this quick-and-easy paté in your food processor. Smoked fish and cream cheese are blended with butter, lemon juice, and a few other pantry staples. Serve it at room temperature, topped with snipped chives, and surrounded by toasted bread slices.

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    Bacon Wrapped Smokies

    Bacon Wrapped Smokies

    Diana Rattray

     

    Just three simple ingredients create this very delicious hors d'oeuvres boasting smoky, sweet, and salty flavors. Mini sausages are baked in the oven, then wrapped in thick bacon slices and sprinkled with brown sugar. Add a bit of cayenne pepper if you like to amp up the heat.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham

    Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham

    Diana Rattray

     

    Mushrooms are stuffed with spinach, mozzarella cheese, garlic, and ham, then brushed with butter and baked until they're tender, yielding a mouth full of warm cheesy goodness in this fabulous app.

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    Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

    instant pot buffalo wings
    Diana Rattray

    Chicken wings are a crowd favorite, but they can be a hassle to make. This Instant Pot recipe simplifies the method while still creating that familiar spicy bar snack food. The wings are pressure cooked, tossed with some of the homemade sauce, and then broiled to create that signature crispy coating. A final drizzle of hot sauce finishes them off.

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    Dijon Deviled Eggs

    Dijon Deviled Eggs

    Diana Rattray

     

    Deviled eggs are always a hit at parties. Just cook the eggs and mix the yolks with a few seasonings, then stuff the mixture back into the egg halves for a fabulous retro-inspired snack.

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    Shrimp Stuffed Baked Potatoes

    Shrimp Stuffed Baked Potatoes

    The Shrimp Council

     

    Here's an elegant upgrade on the usual twice-baked potato. Stuff the spuds with prepared shrimp scampi, cheddar cheese, and sour cream and bake until it browns on top.

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    Seafood Dip

    Seafood Dip

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    Use crab, shrimp, or lobster for this special-tasting dip that is right at home at the swankiest parties. Cream cheese adds silkiness to this dip, with curry powder and paprika bringing a nice depth of flavor to your choice of mild-tasting shellfish. Serve warm with baguette slices.

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    Bisquick Sausage Balls

    Bisquick Sausage Balls

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Everyone is sure to enjoy these tasty Bisquick sausage balls. It's a quick and easy meatball recipe that mixes ground pork sausage with herbs, cheddar and cream cheeses, and biscuit baking mix. Make them in advance and freeze, then whip up the creamy horseradish dip while they bake.

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    Shrimp Cocktail

    Shrimp Cocktail

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Shrimp cocktail is a favorite for New Year's Eve. This recipe goes beyond plating precooked shrimp and cooks raw shrimp in a veggie broth for extra flavor. The homemade cocktail sauce is a bonus, and it requires a few ingredients you may already have.

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    Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

    ham and cheese pinwheels

     Leah Maroney

    Made with refrigerated pizza dough, these pretty ham and cheese pinwheels are quick and easy to throw together. The spiral of salty ham and gooey cheese makes this simple snack an attractive addition to your spread.

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    Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

    Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer 

    Pull-apart garlic bread is fantastic party food. These warm, buttery, garlicky bread bites are delicious and rather enjoyable to make, too. Plan ahead because the sponge needs to rest for at least 12 hours. You'll then make the dough, form it into small balls, and toss them in garlic butter before baking.

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    Kalamata Olive Hummus

    Kalamata Olive Hummus

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    Salty kalamata olives add something special to this elevated hummus. Serve it in a brightly colored bowl with a sprinkle of paprika or red pepper flakes on top, surrounded by warm pita bread wedges, pita chips, or fresh veggies for dipping.

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    Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

    Air Fryer Bloomin' Onion

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Set a bloomin' onion on the table and watch it disappear! This recipe is a little healthier than most because it skips the deep fryer and uses an air fryer instead. That also helps keep the breaded onion "flower" intact and looking fabulous for the party. There's even a spicy dip that you can make to serve alongside it.

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    French Onion Dip

    French Onion Dip

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    The perfect chip or vegetable dip, French onion dip is surprisingly simple to make from scratch. Prepare it up to four days in advance, and let the seasoned caramelized onion, sour cream, and mayonnaise mix rest in the fridge for maximum flavor.

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    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Add a colorful plate of stuffed mini peppers to the party. This crowd-pleasing recipe features a filling of chopped broccoli, carrot, and pepper in a ranch-flavored mix of cream cheese and mayonnaise. Bake the peppers until almost done, finish them with melted cheddar, and they're ready to serve.

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    Easy Baked Brie

    Easy Baked Brie

    Pete Scherer

    Baked brie is a classic party starter that is always welcome at holiday time. It is so easy to prepare, and makes an elegant impression on a platter, with gently melting brie cheese, fruit preserves, toasted walnuts, and of course mini toasts or crackers for spreading.

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    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

    Cheddar Bacon Puffs

    Diana Rattray

     

    These airy cheddar cheese and bacon puffs are loaded with flavor and a little bit of heat from red and black peppers. Make them ahead and store in the freezer up to one month to reheat at party time.

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    Bacon Avocado Goat Cheese Toast

    Bacon Avocado Goat Cheese Toast

    The Spruce

     

    This appetizer is bacon us crazy! Take the tanginess of goat cheese, pair it with the creaminess of avocado, and top it all of with crispy, salty bacon, and you've got a savory snack that everyone is sure to gobble up.

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    Roasted Bone Marrow With Parsley Salad

    Roasted bone marrow recipe

    ​The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Make a small party extra special by serving roasted bone marrow. The buttery, melt-in-your-mouth marrow is especially good smeared on grilled bread and served alongside a fresh parsley salad.

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    Instant Pot Pizza

    instant pot pizza sliced
    Diana Rattray

    These individual-sized pizzas are simple to make and easily customizable. Store-bought pizza dough is cut to the size of a cake pan, layered with toppings, and cooked for 15 minutes. Stack two pans and cook a few at a time.

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    Tex-Mex Taco Beef Sliders

    Tex-Mex Taco Beef Sliders

    Diana Rattray

     

    Mini beef sandwiches bursting with fantastic Tex-Mex flavors make a welcome appetizer and the shredded meat is simple to prepare using a slow cooker. Serve on slider rolls, layered with your favorite taco toppings.

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    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Smoked Salmon Crostini

    Leah Maroney

     

    Smoked salmon is a classic New Year's food and these simple salmon crostini are sure to be a hit. Fresh herbs, ricotta cheese, and lemon juice help the smoked salmon shine beautifully.

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    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Darlene A. Schmidt

     

    Thai shrimp lettuce wraps make fabulous finger food for a party. Each bite provides a burst of spicy, salty, and sweet Thai flavor that is sure to please. Guests will also have fun making their own wraps with romaine lettuce leaves.

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    Copycat Avocado Egg Rolls

    Avocado Egg Rolls

     Leah Maroney

    Straight from the Cheesecake Factory's menu, these tasty appetizers offer a nice change to the traditional egg roll filling. Chopped avocado is combined with sundried tomato, cilantro, and red onion and seasoned with fresh lime juice and salt. Once this mixture is nestled inside the wrapper, the egg rolls are deep-fried until golden brown and crispy. A homemade tamarind cashew sauce is served on the side for dipping.

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    Buttery Garlic Crab Bruschetta

    Buttery Garlic Crab Bruschetta

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    Seafood lovers will be thrilled by this bruschetta, which uses lots of garlic, butter, and flavorful crab meat to create a filling that's piled onto toasted Italian bread. The slices are then topped with Parmesan and broiled, for a warm, cheesy finish.

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    Monte Cristo and Brie Sliders

    Monte Cristo With Brie Sliders

    Grilled Cheese Social

     

    Wow your guests when you serve up these sweet, savory, cheesy sliders. The little sandwiches feature creamy brie, thinly-sliced turkey and ham, tangy raspberry jam, and crusty French bread and can easily multiply to serve a crowd.

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    Baked Chicken Wings With Peanut Sauce

    Baked Chicken Wings With Peanut Sauce

    Diana Rattray

    A spicy peanut sauce takes these amazing party wings to the next level. It's baked with the chicken and also served on the side for dipping.

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    Smoked Salmon Dip

    smoked salmon dip

     Leah Maroney

    This bright and flavorful smoked salmon dip only takes minutes to whip up and can be made ahead of time for a last-minute appetizer. Serve with crackers or bagel chips.

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    Indian Chicken Kababs

    Indian Chicken Kababs

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    Use your oven's broiler to prepare these delicious kababs inspired by an Indian recipe. Succulent cubes of tender chicken are soaked in a flavorful marinade with yogurt, then broiled on skewers to form a hand-held appetizer. Serve with mango chutney.

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    Party Crab Cakes

    Crab cakes
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    There's so much to love about lump crab meat mixed with sauteed onions, celery, and other flavorings, then coated in buttery cracker crumbs and lightly fried into patties. Serve with lemon wedges and crab cake sauce.

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    Mini Italian Meatball Sliders

    Mini Italian Meatball Sliders

    Grilled Cheese Social

     

    These mini Italian meatball sandwiches are a cinch to prepare with frozen or refrigerated meatballs and are always a party favorite. Roasted red peppers and two kinds of cheese join meatballs on mini slider buns, with optional capers adding extra saltiness.

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    Artichoke Gruyere Dip

    Artichoke Gruyere Dip

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    The rich, salty flavor of Gruyere adds something special to classic artichoke dip. You need only a handful of ingredients for this recipe, including jarred or canned artichoke hearts, cheese, yogurt or sour cream, and just a bit of mayonnaise. It gets a slight kick from cayenne pepper.

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    Chinese Siu Mai Dumplings

    Siu mai dumplings recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt 

    Siu mai is a popular Chinese dumpling that's surprisingly easy to make and looks beautiful on your buffet. The wrappers are filled with mushrooms, shrimp, ground pork, green onion, then steamed, making them a healthier alternative to the usual fried potstickers.

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    Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

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    This popular party recipe has all the great flavors of spicy buffalo chicken wings in easy-snacking dip form. It combines leftover or shredded rotisserie chicken with jarred hot sauce, ranch dressing, cream and blue cheeses, and some celery for crunch.

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    Crock Pot Party Meatballs

    Crock Pot Party Meatballs

    Diana Rattray

     

    These party meatballs are made with ground beef and sausage, and flavored with a tangy homemade barbecue sauce. They get baked in the oven first, then go into your crockpot to soak up all that saucy goodness. Keep warm and serve them straight from the slow cooker.

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    Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

    Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil

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    This is the classic Italian bruschetta, featuring juicy, chopped tomatoes, aromatic basil leaves, garlic, and olive oil. The recipe include ideas for variations so you can create a whole platter of these tasty slices.

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    Crab Rangoon Dip

    crab rangoon dip

    Leah Maroney 

    Crab rangoon dip has all of the flavors of the classic Chinese takeout dish and turns it into a hot, creamy dip. It's especially good served with some crispy egg roll wrappers.

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    Shrimp Cakes With Sriracha Mayonnaise

    Shrimp Cakes With Sriracha Mayonnaise

     Diana Rattray

    Chopped shrimp, panko breadcrumbs, and a little mayo are mixed with seasonings, formed into patties, and lightly fried until golden brown, to create these fabulous cakes. The accompanying Sriracha mayonnaise will have everyone coming back for seconds.

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    Applesauce Kielbasa

    Applesauce Kielbasa

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    This crockpot appetizer only requires five ingredients. Kielbasa sausages are sliced into bite-size pieces and added to your slow cooker with brown sugar, applesauce, mustard, and garlic. Serve with toothpicks and mustard for dipping.

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    Olive Cheese Balls

    Olive Cheese Balls

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    These petite cheese balls boast a surprise olive center that will delight party guests. The cheddar-flavored dough is shaped into balls around pimiento-stuffed olives, chilled briefly, then baked until golden brown.

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    Reuben Egg Rolls

    Reuben Egg Rolls

     Anita Schecter

    Surprise your guests with these deli sandwich-inspired egg rolls. A filling of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut, is spooned inside an egg roll wrapper and then deep-fried until crispy and golden brown. The ubiquitous Russian dressing is employed as a dipping sauce for these delicious hearty bites.

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    Oven-Baked Potato Wedges

    Oven-Baked Potato Wedges

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    Who can say no to fries? This recipe creates thick, crispy potato wedges that are sure to go fast, when you put them out on your buffet. Serve them standing upright for a fun presentation and offer an array of sauces for dipping.

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    Fig Crostini

    Fig Crostini

    Molly Watson

    Fig crostini is one of those magical appetizers that tastes fancy, but is incredibly easy to prepare. Chopped fresh figs are tossed with a bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper, then placed on slices of toasted baguette with crumbled goat cheese.

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    Mini Quiches

    Mini Quiches

    Diana Rattray

     

    These charming miniature quiches with cheddar and broccoli are quick and easy to prepare and bake in muffin tins. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables for extra flavor and nutrition. They can also freeze for up to one month and reheated straight from frozen.

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    Spicy Guacamole

    Spicy Guacamole

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    This guacamole recipe turns up the heat by adding chopped fresh jalapeno peppers to the usual ingredients for a party dip that will make your guests say olé!

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    Chicken Liver Mousse

    Chicken Liver Mousse

    Elaine Lemm

    Chicken liver mousse is an inexpensive and tasty variation on foie gras. Cooked chicken livers are blended in a food processor with heavy cream and a few seasonings for a rich and flavorful spread. Make it the day before your party and refrigerate, to let flavors meld.

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    Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

    Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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    With no breadcrumbs, these large stuffed mushrooms are an excellent low-carb appetizer with plenty of flavor. Blue cheese and cream cheese are combined with green onions and butter to form a savory, cheesy filling. 

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    Cheese Platter

    Cheese Platter

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    Every New Year's Eve party needs a cheese platter, but do you know what makes a great one? Follow this guide on how to choose the best types of cheese and accompaniments to serve and be prepared to impress a crowd.

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    Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

    Salmon and Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches

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    These smoked salmon finger sandwiches make a quick and easy addition to any holiday buffet. The recipe uses buttermilk white bread, but pumpernickel would also work well.

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    Pizza Crostini

    Pizza Crostini

    Diana Rattray

     

    These tasty little baked pizza crostini are sure to go quickly. They're simple for a busy host or hostess to prepare, requiring only a loaf of French bread and your favorite pizza toppings.

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    Caramelized Candied Peanuts

    Candied peanuts

    The Spruce

    Put out a bowl of these candied peanuts out at your party and we guarantee it will be empty before you know it. You'll definitely want to make extras of these candied nuts.

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    Vegan Baba Ganoush

    Easy vegan baba ganoush eggplant hummus

    The Spruce

    Baba ganoush is a hearty Middle Eastern spread made with roasted eggplant. This vegan-friendly recipe adds in chickpeas for extra protein, along with tahini, lemon juice, and sea salt for plenty of flavor. Serve it with mini toasts, crackers, or raw veggie sticks.

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    Deviled Eggs With Bacon, Garlic, Blue Cheese, and Asparagus

    Deviled Eggs With Bacon, Garlic, Blue Cheese, and Asparagus

    Milena Perrine

     

    These showstopping deviled eggs with bacon, roasted garlic, blue cheese, and asparagus are a sophisticated take on the traditional appetizer. The presentation is beautiful and the salty, creamy, rich egg filling is to die for.

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    Blue Cheese-Stuffed Figs

    Blue Cheese-Stuffed Figs

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    Deeply sweet figs and sharply pungent blue cheese are a winning flavor combination that you have to taste to believe. Drizzle with a little oil and flecks of sea salt for a sophisticated presentation.