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New Year’s Eve Appetizer Ideas

by Erika Robertson
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If you’re throwing or attending a New Year’s Eve party, the right appetizers really help set the mood. While the focus is often on Champagne and other beverages, people need tasty and nutritious munchies to stay energized as they socialize and count down to the new year.

Here are some delicious, easy-to-prepare New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas that will help make your party a success.

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Pigs in a Blanket

A simple dish to prepare that’s always popular with meat-eaters. It’s a great choice if you’re pressed for time and want to make something delicious that takes under a half hour. You can use frankfurters or the more traditional choice, small sausages. The only other essential ingredient is dough. A can of refrigerated dough is the simplest. Brush the dough with an egg and wrap it around the frankfurter or sausage. You can spruce it up with a sauce such as spicy mayonnaise or your favorite dressing or topping.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Another tasty appetizer that’s fast to make and only requires a few ingredients. Start with a package of mushrooms, which can be white mushrooms, baby bellas, creminis, or any variety you prefer. A cream cheese spread with chives is an ideal filling. If you want to make the dish vegan-friendly, you can use a dairy-free alternative filling.

Beer Cheese Dip

A sports bar favorite, beer cheese dip is a solid choice that guests are sure to enjoy. Any type of beer, including non-alcoholic beer, is fine. Keep in mind, though, that light beers, dark beers, hoppy beers, and others each have their distinctive flavor. You can use cheddar, monterey jack, gruyere, mozzarella, or your favorite variety. For a nice thick consistency, use a roux style sauce with butter and flour. To this you’ll add beer, a little milk, and, finally, the cheese.

Spicy Chips

You don’t always have to make everything from scratch. You can also perform snack upgrades, such as by baking and enhancing store-bought potato chips. Create your own custom mixture of spices, which might include black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Bake the potato chips for about 10 minutes, then sprinkle on the spices. For variety, use sweet potato chips.

Baked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are one of the world’s most popular fast foods. Baking them is both simpler and healthier than frying. You still need butter or oil to get the desired texture, but the result is still lower in fat than frying. Sprinkle the wings with your favorite spices and bake them until the skin is crispy and brown.

Mozzarella Sticks

Cheese is always a party favorite and mozzarella sticks are a well-tested choice for New Year’s celebrations. Use flour and breadcrumbs to create the perfect crust. You’ll need to mix the dry ingredients with eggs and milk so they adhere to the cheese. Then add Italian seasoning and fry in a skillet or deep fryer.

Guacamole and Chips

Guac and chips is a classic appetizer loved by almost everyone. If you’re making it from scratch, the only tricky element is finding ripe avocados, which isn’t always easy in the winter. Ideally, buy your avocados a few days in advance. Season it with sea salt, garlic, onions, and any of your other favorite seasonings. The lazy method is to simply mix in some salsa for flavoring. Keep in mind that guacamole doesn’t keep long, so it should be prepared the same day as your party.

Hummus Dip

Although hummus hails from the Middle East, it’s now enjoyed worldwide. It’s both vegetarian and vegan-friendly, though many carnivores love it too. You can find all different varieties, such as olive, spicy, red pepper, and many others. Almost every supermarket carries a selection. If you want to make it from scratch, you’ll need chickpeas, tahini (made from sesame seeds), and seasoning. The main trick is to make sure the chickpeas are thoroughly blended into a smooth consistency.

Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies began as a traditional way to prepare cornbread in the South, especially in the Carolinas. They are a savory addition to any New Year’s party and aren’t difficult to prepare. The batter consists of cornmeal, buttermilk, flour, and eggs, which are fried until golden brown. You can add flavorings such as onions, cheese, or jalapeño peppers.

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs, also known as stuffed eggs, have been enjoyed in Europe for centuries and remain popular to this day. They are nothing but well-seasoned hard-boiled eggs. After the eggs cool off, cut them in half, scoop out the yolks, and mix with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and any spices you like. Then place the mixture into the egg whites and sprinkle with paprika.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Always a crowd-pleaser, spinach and artichoke dip is ideal for crackers and chips of every variety. There are plenty of grocery store options, but it’s not hard to make a tastier homemade version. The most efficient method is to start with frozen or canned spinach and canned artichokes. For flavoring and consistency, use sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and mayonnaise. Salt, pepper, and garlic are the main seasonings, and you can also add parsley, paprika, red peppers, or cilantro.

Guidelines For Preparing New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Here are some points to keep in mind as you get ready for the big night. These ideas apply whether you’re hosting guests at your home or you’re a guest wondering what you should contribute to the party.

  • Consider diverse dietary needs. Many people today are on specialized diets, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, and others. You can’t please everyone, but you might want to consider who is attending the event. If you’re not sure, you might ask.
  • Prepare your kitchen. Do you need any new utensils, cookware, or appliances? For example, if you’re planning to do any barbecuing, this might be a good time to look into getting some new BBQ and outdoor appliances.
  • Communicate with your guests or host. People can only consume so much of their favorite dishes. So if three guests bring guacamole or a veggie dip, you’ll end up with more leftovers than you can use. A few phone calls, texts, or emails let’s you synchronize your efforts..
  • Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare your appetizers. Make sure you have all the ingredients you need. Give yourself plenty of time for any chopping, blending, baking, or other preparations you’ll need to do for your appetizers.

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