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53 New Year’s Eve Appetizers to Kick Off Your Party

The ball might be dropping in Times Square, but you won't drop the ball at your own celebration, thanks to these simple yet snazzy New Year's Eve appetizers and snacks.

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New Year’s Eve cocktails get a lot of fanfare—and for good reason, but what about the appetizers that go along with them? This collection is bursting with all the special starters and dips you need to round out your spread and get your year started off right.

If you’re hosting a full-on New Year’s Eve dinner, check out these entree ideas.

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Easy Smoked Salmon

Store-bought smoked salmon feels fancy enough as it is, but making your own takes things to a whole new level. Served with crackers, this recipe is just the right amount of sophistication for your New Year’s Eve party.

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Baked Figs

Figs are winter’s favorite fruit, and they’re also about to become your guests’ favorite item on the menu. The citrusy accents and whipped cream make them a standout New Year’s Eve appetizer.
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Oysters Rockefeller Egg Rolls

A special occasion such as New Year’s Eve calls for swapping out the traditional filling of an egg roll with something a little more unexpected. Think oysters, bacon, spinach and a whole slew of tasty seasonings.
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Pancetta, Pear & Pecan Puffs

If you find yourself unable to decide between sweet and savory, why settle when you can have both? These tasty morsels, stacked atop your shiniest serveware, are a delicacy definitely worthy of New Year’s Eve.
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Baby Swiss Appetizer Cheesecake

Start, rather than end, New Year’s Eve with a slice of cheesecake. It’s luscious, mild and oh, so savory. And that’s not to mention it can be made 24 hours ahead.
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Chocolate-Covered Cheese with Black Sea Salt

These salty-sweet New Year’s Eve appetizers double as a dessert. It’s not very often you see dark chocolate during the first course, but we’re not complaining!

Psst! Find out our pros’ favorite dark chocolate.

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Asparagus Wraps

There’s something about asparagus spears that feels so special! Wrap ’em in prosciutto and puff pastry for an easy yet extra-elegant New Year’s Eve snack.
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Hot Antipasto

There’s a lot to love about this baked grab bag. Chock-full of Italian sausage links, peppers, beans, mushrooms and more, it’s a New Year’s Eve snack with a little something for everyone.
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Puff Pastry Apple Strudel

Ditch your average dips and party weenies! This eye-catching centerpiece uses shortcut puff pastry and seasonal ingredients for a starter they’ll remember long into the new year.
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Pressure-Cooker Cherry Bourbon Ham Balls

Make a meatball that’s so much more than the frozen variety! These quick-to-fix homemade nibbles just scream “happy holidays!” with the addition of cherries, bourbon and ham.

See more meatball recipes that get the party rolling.

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Gruyere and Crab Palmiers

These elegant palmiers are the perfect snack to grace your New Year’s Eve buffet table. They’re flaky, meaty and rich in the very best way.
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Spinach Deviled Eggs

Standard deviled eggs are a no-brainer dish for potlucks, picnics and cookouts, but they deserve to be leveled-up for your New Year’s Eve party. Stir in spinach for a simple revamp.

Upgrade your deviled eggs with these stir-ins.

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Air-Fryer Ham and Brie Pastries

Just four ingredients come together to flaunt big flavor in this air-fried snack. Brie brings the fanciness, and store-bought puff pastry provides the ease.
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Brandied Blue Cheese Spread

Start off the new year with a splash of brandy, three types of cheese and a sprinkling of pepitas. Smeared onto a cracker, this yummy dip will warm you from your head to your toes.
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Creamy Chicken Vol-au-Vent

If you want a New Year’s Eve appetizer that feels fancy but without the fuss, look no further than a vol-au-vent. Traditionally, the French specialty is a puff-pastry shell filled to the brim with chicken or fish.
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Lemon-Herb Olives with Goat Cheese

This not-so-basic cheese log brings brightness to the table on a dark winter evening. The New Year’s Eve snack shines thanks to lemon, basil and Greek olives.
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Gorgonzola Polenta Bites

Polenta doesn’t get much play, but it is the perfect base for this New Year’s Eve appetizer, complete with balsamic vinegar, orange marmalade and tangy gorgonzola.
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Pesto Twists

Puff pastry takes one of its many shapes in these herbaceous New Year’s Eve snacks. With just three ingredients, they couldn’t be easier, and dipped in marinara sauce, they couldn’t be tastier.
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Smoked Trout & Hearts of Palm Bites

This one-bite appetizer takes just 25 minutes to make and boasts a severely underutilized ingredient: hearts of palm. Tantalize and impress at your New Year’s Eve party with this unexpected recipe.
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Garlicky Herbed Shrimp

Shrimp is a staple on any party spread, and your New Year’s Eve one should be no exception. Doused in seasonings and splashed with lemon juice, this seafood recipe is tasty simplicity.
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Apple-Pecan Baked Brie

The sweetness of apples and the warmth of cinnamon meld beautifully with Brie for a New Year’s Eve appetizer that’s just as sophisticated as it is cozy. Score!
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Portobello Mushroom and Cream Cheese Taquitos

Elevate taquitos—and make them vegetarian-friendly at the same time—by stuffing them with portobello mushrooms and a mixture of ricotta and cream cheese. Happy New Year’s Eve to you!
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Mini Muffuletta

If you’re in need of a make-ahead recipe that’s also a classic, stop right here! This muffuletta is your New Year’s Eve snack of choice.
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Rosemary Veal Meatballs

Veal is often reserved for special occasions—and for good reason! But we can’t think of a better one than New Year’s Eve. Served alongside a yogurt sauce, these special meatballs are virtually irresistible.
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Pomegranate Pistachio Crostini

This green and red starter is good for so much more than just Christmas! Serve up the timeless crostini on your nicest platter, and it’ll fit right in next to all your New Year’s Eve appetizers.

Can’t get enough crostini? Discover more recipes.

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Butternut Thyme Tartlets

Prepping for your New Year’s Eve party? Make the filling for these wintry one-bite wonders a few days ahead of time, then fill the phyllo cups directly before serving.

Do you know the difference between phyllo dough and puff pastry?

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Cranberry Cream Cheese Spread

Sweeten things up with this New Year’s Eve snack. It takes just 10 minutes to make the dip, but it’ll go in your recipe box forever.
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Goat Cheese Mushrooms

This New Year’s Eve snack is a wholesome twist on the standard stuffed mushroom. Swap bread crumbs and cream cheese with roasted red peppers and goat cheese for a fun but fresh final product.
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Honey Champagne Fondue

You’ll be popping bottles this New Year’s Eve—not only to add a splash of bubbly to your crystal flute but also to your fondue pot. Swiss cheese and honey are the sweetest pairings for sparkling wine.

Find our top 10 fondue recipes.

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Steak & Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Onion & Roasted Tomato Jam

This savory, contest-winning starter will vanish from your New Year’s Eve buffet table. It’s perfect if you’re in need of a more filling option.
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Smoked Salmon Bites

Smoked Salmon Bites

This no-cook New Year’s Eve snack holds its own among the baked, fried and roasted ones. With Greek yogurt, red onions and capers, it’s like your quintessential lox bagel.

Looking for more bite-sized snacks? Make sure you take a look at our collection of New Year’s Eve finger foods.

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Poppy Seed Squares

There’s a lot more to these apps than meets the eye. Your new favorite New Year’s Eve snack has a tender crust and a layer of ground beef, mushrooms and horseradish.
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Roasted Eggplant Spread

This aubergine recipe is a guilt-free but oh-so-good New Year’s Eve appetizer. The vegan spread especially hits the spot smeared on a cracker or toasted bread slice.
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Cheese Puffs

This simple recipe yields more than 50 tasty morsels. Cayenne and mustard keep the breadlike New Year’s Eve appetizer from being just another boring dinner roll.
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Caramelized Onion Dip

Once you taste this fabulous dip, you’ll never go back to store-bought French onion dip. Although it will take a little longer to make for your New Year’s Eve spread, it’s worth every minute.

See our step-by-step instructions for caramelizing onions.

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Lamb Pastry Bundles

Make it a Mediterranean New Year’s Eve! Serve the hearty lamb parcels with a mayo-based red pepper dip that’ll transport you straight to the Greek islands.
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Bacon-Wrapped Scallops with Pear Sauce

Scallops can be an intimidating seafood to tackle, but this New Year’s Eve appetizer makes it easy. Stir up the sauce with any fruit jam or preserves you prefer.
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Holiday Salsa

A pop of color and a punch of flavor on your New Year’s Eve spread, this recipe takes the concept of salsa and turns it on its head by subbing in cranberries for the tomatoes.
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Antipasto Cups

Stuff crisped-up salami shells with all your favorite antipasto ingredients for a no-fuss, low-carb New Year’s Eve snack. We like brimming the Genoa slices with artichokes, mushrooms, cheese and more.
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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

In a sea of spinach-artichoke and taco dips, this Italian-inspired recipe, with sausage, tomatoes, beans and multiple types of cheese, will stand out on your New Year’s Eve spread.
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Cheese/Grape Appetizers

These New Year’s Eve snacks are a little tedious to make but so very worth it. A delectable duo with wine, they’re so easy to grab and add to your cocktail plate.
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Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs

If the oven’s full with your other New Year’s Eve snacks, this slow-cooker recipe is a lifesaver. The addition of sauerkraut sets them apart from the standard party meatball.

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Almond-Bacon Cheese Crostini

Bored of tomato-based bruschetta? Give the New Year’s Eve appetizer a bump by swapping in toasted almond, crispy bacon and shredded cheese.
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Feta Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes

In this New Year’s Eve appetizer, cute cherry tomatoes are the vessel for a creamy, lemony cheese spread. The poppable snacks will be gone from your platter in no time.
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Florentine Almond Artichoke Mounds

New Year’s Eve appetizers should be easy to pass, which is why these bites are the problem-solver you need on your spread. They take the yumminess of artichoke-cheese dip and make it that much more shareable.
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Seafood Cakes with Herb Sauce

Fold whatever seafood you love into these customizable cakes. Salmon, scallops, shrimp, crab, lobster or any firm white fish work beautifully in the New Year’s Eve appetizer.
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Cranberry-Fig Goat Cheese Crostini

This crostini recipe is the New Year’s Eve snack you’ve been searching for! Cranberries and figs lend the fruity flavor, baguette slices bring the crunch, and a cheesy spread provides the tang.
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White Chocolate Brie Cups

By the time the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, everyone will be stuffed from filling up on these deliciously different, totally addictive tartlets.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts & 3-Cheese Crostini

Brussels sprouts are making a comeback in a big way! Enjoy them like never before at your New Year’s Eve party by turning them into a roasty, toasty bread topper.
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Artichoke Caprese Platter

Caprese salad is the quintessential light, bright first course. Make it stand out for your New Year’s Eve celebration with the addition of marinated artichoke hearts.

Check out 30+ caprese-inspired recipes.

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Baked Baby Potatoes with Olive Pesto

These adorable appetizers pack all the goodness of a full-size baked potato into one bite. Add the olive pesto, and you have an elegant nibble that’s fit for a New Year’s Eve spread.
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Lobster Tartlets

Lobster is the epitome of indulgence. Whether you’re doing a sit-down dinner or a casual cocktail hour, these nibbles need a place on your New Year’s Eve menu.
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Bruschetta Melts

Winterize the classic chilled dish by baking it in the oven for a few minutes. The toasty bread, warm tomato mixture and melty cheese take this from a summer snack to a New Year’s Eve appetizer.

Annamarie Higley
Annamarie is Taste of Home’s Shopping Editor. In this role, she’s able to channel her affinity for online shopping and novel, cost-effective products into helpful insights, recommendations and roundups for our readers. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, crafting and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.