20 Easy Appetizers for New Year's

cheese ball with buttery round crackers for serving on a white platter
Photo: MrsFisher0729

Start your New Year's celebration with a bang with these 20 quick and easy appetizer recipes. From traditional holiday fare (everyone needs a classic deviled egg recipes, and cheese balls are a snap to make) to bite-sized puff pastry finger foods (brie bites are perfect for New Year's Eve), to incredibly simple dips (our best spinach dip ever is so good, you should really go ahead and make extra), you'll find a new favorite in this collection of easy New Year's appetizers.

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Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

four slider-sized ham sandwiches on a square white plate
Kim's Cooking Now

It's not a party without these meaty, cheesy sliders. Even the pickiest eaters will come back for more.

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Capicola Canapes

Capicola Canapes

This four-ingredient appetizer is great to make ahead of time — just make sure to bring the canapes to room temperature before serving.

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Best Spinach Dip Ever

spinach dip with crackers
Charlie Brown

Yep, you read that right! This is truly the best spinach dip ever. Serve in a bread bowl for the ultimate experience.

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Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese
Photo by Felicia.

"These are delicious and very easy to make for a party," according to recipe creator WINEANDCHEESE. "You can serve them at room temperature, so it is okay to make a few hours in advance!"

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Cranberry Brie Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites

Who doesn't love a good puff pastry app? These cheesy, fruity bites are perfect to serve during the winter holidays.

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Herman Reunion Cheese Ball

cheese ball with buttery round crackers for serving on a white platter

This family recipe comes together in about 15 minutes. It's totally freezer-friendly, so you can make this recipe months in advance.

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Cranberry-Jalapeno Dip

Cranberry-Jalapeno Dip
My Stir Crazy Kitchen

This festive dip comes together in about 15 minutes, but it's best to let this recipe sit in the fridge for about 24 hours before serving so the flavors can meld.

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Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets on a white dish

These elegant tartlets look so fancy, people won't believe you made them with only five easy-to-find ingredients.

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Beef and Caramelized Onion Canapes

Beef and Caramelized Onion Canapes
Soup Loving Nicole

Use leftover roast beef from the deli to make these gorgeous, dinner party-worthy canapes.

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Classic Savory Deviled Eggs

Classic Savory Deviled Eggs

Here's a classic appetizer that's always sure to impress. This deviled egg recipe is super basic, so you can get as creative as you want.

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Chef John's Shrimp Cocktail

five shrimp arranged on a ramekin of cocktail sauce with a lemon wedge and crackers in the background

"Before I knew much about food or dining out, I knew that if they brought shrimp cocktails to the table as an appetizer, we were eating at a 'fancy' restaurant," says Chef John. "I'm sure I enjoyed the shrimp, but what I really loved was dipping the crackers in the spicy, horseradish-spiked cocktail sauce."

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Baked Stuffed Brie with Cranberries and Walnuts

cranberry brie pastry appetizer on a cheese board
Chef John

Baked brie is welcome on any holiday table. One of the most common mistakes, according to Chef John, is not letting the cheese come to room temperature before serving.

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Bagna Cauda

Bagna Cauda

"Ever since a family friend introduced us to this Italian dip, we have made it a tradition on New Year's Eve," says recipe creator Julie P. "You have to really like garlic to enjoy this. I have heard that some people omit the cream and substitute olive oil also. Serve with crusty Italian bread, raw cabbage wedges, lettuce, bread sticks or crackers."

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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies on a chevron plate

Need proof that everything is better when it's wrapped in bacon? Just try this three-ingredient appetizer — it has more than 1,500 glowing reviews.

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Simple Artichoke Dip

Simple Artichoke Dip

Believe it or not, you need just three ingredients to make this absolutely perfect artichoke dip: canned artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, and mayo.

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Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Baked Jalapeno Poppers on a white plate

These five-ingredient poppers, which come together in about 20 minutes, are healthier than their fried counterparts.

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Tortellini Skewers

Tortellini Skewers

Get your New Year's Eve party started the right way with this three-ingredient pasta salad on a stick.

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World's Easiest and Most Amazing Two-Ingredient Dip

World's Easiest and Most Amazing Two-Ingredient Dip

Serve this incredibly easy (and cheap!) dip with homemade French fries or potato chips.

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Ridiculously Easy Queso Fresco "Dip"

Ridiculously Easy Queso Fresco "Dip"

"On a recent trip to the local Costco, I ended up purchasing a huge thing of queso fresco, or Mexican white cheese," says recipe creator Jillian Eileen. "Not sure what to do with it, I created this modified dip that [everyone loves]! It's so ridiculously easy, and looks much more refined than classic chile con queso."

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Amazing and Easy Chicken Wings

Amazing and Easy Chicken Wings on a plate with dipping sauce in a blue container
Roxy Mom

Looking for an easy chicken wing recipe with few ingredients? Your search ends here.

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