75 Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers to Get the Party Started

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You thought you were going to spend New Year’s Eve in your jammies. But now that it’s approaching, hosting a small, last-minute bash seems like just the way to end 2021. Fun! Now, cue the panic: What the heck are you going to serve? Here, 75 New Year’s Eve appetizers that are easy, festive and filling. (Come on, you need something to soak up all that Champagne.)

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1. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These are everything you love about wings, minus the sticky hands.

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2. Baked Brie with Figs, Pistachio and Orange

The secret to a great party has nothing to do with booze. It’s oozy baked cheese served in a cast-iron skillet topped with honey and thyme.

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3. Deviled Eggs Three Ways

You’ve heard that the key to being a great host is to give your guests choices. Behold these deviled eggs with roasted garlic, sriracha or capers—take your pick. (Or have all three.)

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4. Roasted Mixed Nuts

Strategically place bowls of these tasty homemade nuts around the living room for a fancy addition to your NYE party.

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5. Whipped Feta Avocado Crostini with Pomegranate

Monique Volz’s chic twist on avocado toast is worthy of being served on a silver platter.

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6. Cheesy Bacon Holiday Crack

We’ll let the title of this recipe speak for itself. (Hint: Serve it after a few rounds of cocktails to make sure everyone makes it to midnight.)

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7. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board

Feeling like you need something green to balance out the cheese, meat and alcohol? Try this gorgeous and festive salad board.

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8. Boursin Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

You might want to keep this plate of savory goodness close to the kitchen. (It’s safer there, right?)

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9. Dairy-Free Butternut Squash “Fondue”

A snack vegan guests can eat that doubles as a gorgeous centerpiece. (You multitasker, you.)

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10. Mozzarella Bites

Tiny fried balls of mozzarella cheese? Sign us up...and everyone else at the party, too.

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11. Italian Bruschetta Bar

Let this app do the hard work for you: Guests can assemble their own crostini with toppings like olive tapenade, prosciutto and herbed cheese.

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12. Eggplant Parm Bites

On nights when appetizers are the main meal, hearty dishes are a welcome addition to the buffet. Case in point: eggplant parm bites with marinara dipping sauce.

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13. Easy Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip

Free up some oven space, because the hostess with the mostest will definitely want to bake this goat cheese marinara dip. Serve it with toasted bread.

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14. French Onion Cups

Want to look fancy without putting in too much work? Try these French onion cups baked in puff pastry (the store-bought kind).

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15. Spinach Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

It’s only fair to have a few healthy options, right? Thanks to their almond meal crust, these little guys are low in carbs and packed with protein.

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16. Mini Quesadillas

It’s time to eat cheese wrapped in wonton wrappers like it’s January 1.

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17. Cucumber Canapés with Whipped Feta, Sun-dried Tomatoes and Basil

Quick, it’s 15 minutes until the party and you need one more snack. Grab the food processor to quickly whip some feta for Maria Lichty’s delightful treat.

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18. Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Extra cheese is the secret ingredient in Heidi Larsen’s addictive spinach and artichoke dip. We’ll just need a spoon, thanks.

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19. Holiday Cheese Board

No party is complete without copious amounts of cheese. Take it up a notch and adorn it with fruit, cheese, charcuterie and everyone’s favorite mini pickles, cornichons.

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20. Smoked Salmon Crostini with Herbed Mayonnaise

Katie Workman’s crostini is basically our dream appetizer: It’s best served at room temperature, you can make it ahead of time and smoked salmon is involved.

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21. Garlic Cheese Flatbread

We know you’re not supposed to eat garlic at a party, but too bad. Midnight kiss, schmidnight kiss.

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22. Spicy Harissa Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Prove to your guests that crudités are anything but boring—Gena Hamshaw’s spicy harissa dip with veggies is as tasty as they get.

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23. Spicy Chili Crisp Grilled Cheese

What do you get with three ingredients and six minutes? The ultimate spicy grilled cheese, full of cheddar and chilis. (And a great pairing for all that Champagne.)

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24. The Perfect Easy Mezze Platter

Sometimes the best appetizers don’t even involve cooking, like a giant mezze platter loaded with hummus, tabbouleh and lavash.

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25. Pear, Cranberry and Brie Mini Tartlets

Mini phyllo dough shells make a seriously delicious base for Aida Mollenkamp’s savory Brie and cranberry tartlets. (Try spicing things up with a jalapeño garnish.)

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26. Spicy Pineapple Prosciutto Tarts

You already know that ham and pineapple make an amazing pair, so gussy up this classic combo in an Insta-worthy snack-etizer.

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27. Carrot Pigs in a Blanket

The “blanket” of this beloved appetizer is absolutely the best part, so make the filling a little healthier by subbing mini hot dogs with roasted carrots.

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28. Coconut Shrimp

Set a few crispy shrimp aside for yourself, because they’ll be gone in approximately five seconds.

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29. Vegan Arancini

Plant-based cheese and cold risotto are the secret ingredients in these crowd pleasers.

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30. Pork Dumplings

The better the dumplings, the better the party. Store-bought wonton wrappers make the process easier.

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31. Waffle Iron Quesadillas

Quesadillas can be pressed and sliced on demand with this quick waffle maker hack. (Bonus: They look super cute.)

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32. Meatballs in Sour Cherry Sauce

It’s a proven fact: Every cocktail party needs a good meatball on a toothpick.

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33. Crispy Baked Cauliflower Wings

Eating chicken wings at a party can be awkward—where the heck do you put the bones? Enter cauliflower wings. You’re welcome.

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34. Cheater’s Sicilian-Style Pizza with Jalapeños and Honey

This sheet-pan pizza can be easily cut into small slices to serve a crowd, so one batch goes a long way.

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35. Beef Empanadas

Seasoned beef encased in store-bought pie dough will keep well in the freezer for months.

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36. Baked Gorgonzola Bites

Be prepared to share the recipe for these gooey, cheesy rolls, because everyone’s going to be asking for it.

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37. Bacon-Wrapped Cheese Straws

These flaky, crisp homemade crackers are conversation-pausing swirls of goodness.

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38. Katsu Bites with Chipotle-Gochujang Sauce

These panko-coated chicken breast bites are delightfully crunchy...and even better dipped in the homemade fusion hot sauce.

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39. The Classiest Cheese Balls in the Universe

You only think cheese balls are outdated. These modern toppings will prove you wrong.

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40. Goat Cheese and Honey Bites

Four ingredients (including easy frozen puff pastry) and 20 minutes? We can handle that.

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41. Mini Nachos

Make it now, then bookmark this recipe for the Super Bowl too.

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42. Mini Cranberry Potpies

Don't have ramekins or mini pie dishes on hand? Go ahead and whip up one big pie in a nine-by-nine baking dish instead.

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43. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites

We'd make two or three batches if we were you. The kids at your party will demolish the first in a few seconds flat.

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44. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites

We dare you to have just one (OK, five).

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45. Christmas Guacamole

Complete with pomegranate arils and toasted pumpkin seeds.

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46. 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These sammies have a secret shortcut: store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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47. Crispy Mushrooms

Presenting your one-way ticket to Umamiville. You won't believe how crunchy the creminis get after being slow-roasted.

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48. Bacon, Fig and Ricotta Tartines

Could these salty-sweet gems be any more chic? We think not.

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49. Prosciutto Bites

They're sort of like reverse pigs in a blanket, only classier.

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50. Mini Mason Jar Chicken Potpies

Presentation is everything, people.

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51. Loaded Baked Potato ‘Chips’

All the fixings of a traditional loaded baked potato, plus the irresistible crunch of a chip.

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52. Cranberry-Brie Puff-Pastry Pops

Let's face it: Everything tastes better on a stick. And with a sprinkle of flaky salt.

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53. Maple Pecan Baked Brie

You know that warm, cozy feeling you get when you're sitting by a roaring fire with a hot drink in hand and a blanket wrapped around you? That's what this app tastes like.

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54. Sweet Potato Crostini

Get ready to make the toughest decision of your life: smoked salmon or cranberry-almond?

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55. Bacon, Onion and Asiago Fondue

You truly couldn't mess up this recipe if you tried. And even if you did, no one can complain about a skillet of bubbly melted cheese.

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56. Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken

They'd taste great in ranch dressing, but we're partial to garlic aioli.

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57. Spinach Artichoke Squares

Spinach artichoke dip is a dependable home run—but we have a feeling no one will mind eating it wrapped in puff pastry.

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58. Winter Cheese Board

This beauty's all about the add-ons. Think kumquats, persimmons, apples and rosemary crackers.

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59. Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

You're seriously not ready for these three-ingredient gems. It's the ultimate cheater's appetizer.

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60. Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Y'all. It's ready in five minutes flat. Need we say more?

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61. Baby Blooming Onions

BRB, drinking the horseradish dipping sauce straight from the bowl.

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62. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprout Bites

All in favor of making Brussels sprouts their own food group say "aye."

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63. Cranberry-Brie Pie Crust Bites

The key to the hostess drinking her Champagne while it's still actually cold? Fifteen-minute appetizers, of course.

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64. Delicata Squash Rings with Garlic-Lemon Sauce

They're baked in the oven for maximum crispiness, minus the messy frying.

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65. Churro Bites with Chocolate Sauce

Nothing puts us in the mood to celebrate like fried dough rolled in cinnamon sugar.

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66. Feta Wrapped in Phyllo with Sesame and Honey

Cheese, dough and honey—what's not to love? This 25-minute appetizer is only five ingredients away.

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67. Roasted Broccoli and Aged White Cheddar Soup

Eat your heart out, Panera Bread. This iconic soup is always a guaranteed home run. (And don't even get us started on the garlicky sourdough breadcrumb topping.)

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68. Masala Smashed Potatoes

Crispy spiced spuds doused in cilantro-garlic yogurt sauce? We'll take 500 of them, please. (P.S.: If you want them to be less spicy, use smoked paprika or Kashmiri red chili powder instead of red chili powder.)

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69. Ritz Crackers with Whipped Honey Ricotta and Bacon

Got 15 minutes? Then this classy-yet-simple starter is within reach. Bonus points for candying the crumbled bacon in maple syrup and brown sugar.

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70. Sweet Potato Biscuit Rolls with Honey Butter Glaze

Meet our new favorite way to use up leftover sweet potatoes. These rolls are so much more exciting than that mini marshmallow-topped casserole you had in mind.

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71. Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Waffles

Eat one whole and it's breakfast. Cut the waffles into sticks or quarters to dip into maple syrup instead and you've got an appetizer. Use shredded Granny Smith apples for a pop of tartness.

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72. Sheet Pan Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This pot of comforting, soul-soothing soup is only one hour away. Roasting all the produce ahead of time concentrates its flavor in a way stovetop simmering can't.

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73. Aran Goyoaga’s Fig and Caramelized Onion Soda Bread

There's no need to wait for St. Patrick's Day to bust out this wintry, gluten-free gem. Think of the loaf as a giant, fig-studded savory scone.

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74. Aloo Tikki Arancini with Saffron Aioli

This Indian-inspired twist on Italian rice balls will wow each and every one of your guests. Serve them with toothpicks and a bowl of aioli or feature them on a charcuterie board.

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75. Pumpkin Hummus

PSL season is year-round in our hearts. Serve this simple dip starring canned pumpkin puree with pita bread, tortilla chips, crudités or crackers.

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