New Year's Appetizer Recipes

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

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Bacon Cheese Puffs

Rating: Unrated
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

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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

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Rich cheesecake with a seafood surprise. Decadent and smooth for adult tastes.

Cape Cod Cocktail Meatballs

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Wild Mushroom Puff Pastry

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If you love mushrooms, this is your recipe. Elegant and easy!

Baked Kale Chips

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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.
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Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

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These small, delicious sandwiches are perfect for any party. They are so good that even the pickiest of eaters will eat these.

Mouth-Watering Stuffed Mushrooms

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These delicious mushrooms taste just like restaurant-style stuffed mushrooms and are my guy's absolute favorite.
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Best Spinach Dip Ever

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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

"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

"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

Oysters Rockefeller

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A traditional recipe for oysters Rockefeller.