New Year's Appetizer Recipes

From cocktail meatballs to canapes, start your New Year's party right with these no-fail bites.

Staff Picks

Bacon Cheese Puffs

Rating: 4.42 stars
A family favorite, especially on New Year's Eve, this pumpernickel party appetizer with bacon and cheese topping is perfect for holiday parties, ball games or a quick snack.

New Year's Eve Chicken Wings

Rating: 5 stars
I make these chicken wings every year for my family on New Year's Eve and they go crazy for them! The cooking method is what makes them so fantastic.

Shrimp Scampi Cheesecake Appetizer

Rating: 4.6 stars
Rich cheesecake with a seafood surprise. Decadent and smooth for adult tastes.

Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs

Rating: 4.53 stars
These cocktail meatballs are perfect for a Christmas, New Year's Eve, or any party that you want to impress. They are the first appetizer to go, and everyone wants the recipe. The recipe originated in Cape Cod (cranberry country). Bon appetit!

Baked Brie with Caramelized Pears, Shallots and Thyme

Rating: 4.57 stars
Brie baked in a round sourdough bread bowl makes this ultimately easy! You could substitute a sweet chutney for the topping for even easier prep. I microwaved the final product for a few minutes to speed up the cooking (couldn't wait for it to be ready!)

Capicola Canapes

Rating: 4.7 stars
Easy, delicious appetizer using spicy, capicola ham. Make sure you use fresh basil, as the flavors will not be the same if you use dried. These can be made ahead of time and refrigerated, but be sure to bring them up to room temperature before serving to blend the flavors.

Bagna Cauda

Rating: 4.58 stars
Ever since a family friend introduced us to this Italian dip, we have made it a tradition on New Year's Eve. 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.

Sweet, Salty, Spicy Party Nuts

Rating: 4.78 stars
I find this technique much easier than the stovetop pan method. You'll get beautiful, perfectly frosted nuts that are roasted evenly, with no bitter burned spots.

Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Rating: 4.7 stars
I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.

Wild Mushroom Puff Pastry

Rating: 4.46 stars
If you love mushrooms, this is your recipe. Elegant and easy!

Perfect Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.47 stars
These little goodies are the perfect addition to your next holiday gathering or even the perfect appetizer to serve before a cozy dinner at home. Everyone will be dazzled by every delicious bite (they won't be able to keep their hands off of them!) You can smile while you think of how easy they were to toss together! And the best part - I usually end up with leftover stuffing, which freezes beautifully until the next carry-in!

Best Spinach Dip Ever

Rating: 4.69 stars
This is my dad's recipe. The entire family loves it! A flavorful spinach mixture fills a tasty bread bowl. Your family will love it, too.

Inspiration and Ideas

King Crab Appetizers
Rating: Unrated
"I made this for a New Year's Eve party and we loved it! As did other reviewers, I used the mini phyllo cups and doubled the crab meat." – TwoDCsTogether
Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Rating: Unrated
"Dates are stuffed with blue cheese, wrapped in bacon, and baked until crisp. These are delicious, and very easy to make for a party!" – WINEANDCHEESE

Baked Kale Chips

Rating: 4.48 stars

These are a low calorie nutritious snack. Like potato chips, you cannot stop at just eating one. They are great for parties and a good conversation topic.