28 Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

Snazzy snacks for a spectacular celebration!

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated September 2, 2022

Delight your friends with these tasty New Year’s appetizer recipes. They’re fantastic, fun, and festive!

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New Year’s is a time to say goodbye to the old year and ring in the new. And it’s a chance to leave the past behind and take advantage of new opportunities.

In most of the world, we use the Gregorian calendar, which places New Year’s day on January 1st. In fact, this was the first day of the new year in the Julian and Roman calendars!

However, other cultures celebrate on different days, especially if they use a lunar calendar. For instance, Jewish, Muslim, Chinese, and Tamil new years are all on different days.

Regardless of the date, most of the celebrations involve delicious food. In some places, specific dishes represent wishes for the new year: for example, long noodles can mean long life.

I like to set my New Year’s Eve table with lots of dips and finger foods for people to snack on throughout the night. And don’t forget the desserts!

What better way to pass the hours until midnight than with platters of delicious NYE appetizers? So, pop the champagne, get snacking, and enjoy the party!

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01. Garlic Prawn Salad Wonton Cups

These prawn cups are one of the healthiest New Year’s Eve appetizers on this list, so you can feel good about crunching on them all night.

Simply toast wontons to golden-brown perfection in the oven, and then top them with coleslaw and delicious garlic prawns.

And don’t forget the sweet chili sauce!

02. Sauteed Bruschetta With Fresh Mozzarella

Think ahead to summertime with this fresh and savory New Year’s Eve appetizer. Cherry tomatoes give you a burst of sweetness, and the melted mozzarella is rich and creamy.

I love using a fresh French baguette for this recipe, but other breads work too. For example, if you want to go full-Italian, try slices of ciabatta instead.

03. Ham Balls With Brown Sugar Glaze

If you have leftover Christmas ham, why not make these ham balls for your New Year’s Eve party? This delicious Midwestern appetizer has the perfect balance of sweet and salty.

You can also buy ham steaks or cubed ham, and they will work perfectly. However, sliced deli ham usually doesn’t.

04. Sun-Dried Tomato Ricotta Crostini Appetizer

This crostini recipe has a similar flavor profile to the bruschetta, but the sun-dried tomatoes add extra richness. It’s a decadent treat for a New Year’s Eve celebration.

I also use a toasted French baguette for this delicious appetizer. But you can use store-bought crostini to make this recipe even simpler.

05. Garlic and Herb Baked Brie

With only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time, this New Year’s recipe is one of the easiest on this list. In the oven, the scored brie gets soft and melty — yum!

So, you can spend more time chatting and munching with your guests than in the kitchen.

06. Pigs in a Blanket

This childhood favorite also makes a great New Year’s Eve appetizer! The rich, buttery dough and salty hot dogs make an irresistible finger food.

Plus, they’re ready in under half an hour, so you can feed a hungry crowd quickly.

07. Deviled Eggs

This is one of those recipes that’s classic for a reason — it’s easy and delicious! The filling is creamy, and it has just a hint of heat from the mustard.

If you use a star-tipped nozzle in a piping bag, your eggs will be very elegant. But if you don’t have one, you can always snip a corner off a plastic zip-top bag instead.

08. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Dips are great New Year’s Eve appetizers because people can keep snacking throughout the evening. Plus, you don’t have to fiddle with individual servings.

This dip is incredibly rich, with three kinds of cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. And it tastes amazing with any kind of cracker or crostini.

09. Cranberry Jalapeño Dip

Cranberries and jalapeños — what?! Trust me, it’s a fantastic combination.

The zingy cranberries and spicy jalapeños pair perfectly with silky cream cheese. And it’s also a great way to use up leftover cranberries from Christmas!

10. Baked Three-Cheese Onion Dip With Chive and Pepperoncini

For a rich, savory appetizer, serve this zingy dip with assorted crackers. It has cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, and cream cheese, so it will satisfy any cheese craving!

If you don’t like spicy food, you can sub olives or roasted red pepper for the pepperoncini. But I love the kick!

11. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites

These refined little bites are a perfect appetizer for New Year’s Eve and a perfect brunch item for the next day! For the prettiest presentation, use mini cucumbers and pipe the filling with a star-tip or fluted nozzle.

And if you’re serving vegetarians, use marinated roasted red peppers instead of the fish.

12. Classic Cheese Ball

Take your appetizer game up a notch with this zesty bacon ranch cheese ball. This recipe is so good that if you don’t buy enough crackers, people will start using spoons!

This is also a good party food to make in advance: it’s a flavorful appetizer that doesn’t lose its taste in the refrigerator.

13. Spring Crudités with Herbed Cheese Dip

Grab your favorite veggies for this quick dip. The bold flavor comes from just a few ingredients, so you don’t need to spend long in the kitchen.

The goat cheese adds tanginess and the ricotta is deliciously creamy. But the fresh herbs really bring this dip to life.

14. Cranberry and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese Balls

These tiny cheese balls are just the thing to keep you going while you stay up for hours. They’re salty, savory, and sweet, so you’ll be popping them in your mouth until the clock strikes midnight!

You only need 3 ingredients, so this recipe comes together quickly. (And it’s almost like rolling clay, so it’s also fun to make!)

15. Spicy Oven-Baked Wings With Blue Cheese Dip

Incredibly delicious chicken wings without deep-frying? Yes, it’s possible!

The secret ingredient — baking powder — makes all the difference because it helps crisp the skin. Then, you start cooking the wings at a lower temperature before raising the heat.

For a classic spread, serve blue cheese dip and celery sticks with your wings.

16. Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard

These bites are like the big, bad cousin to pigs in a blanket. The spicy sausage kicks up the heat, and the bourbon mustard dip is the perfect accompaniment.

The puffs don’t take long to prepare, but remember to thaw out your puff pastry thoroughly before you start making this recipe!

17. Fried Mac and Cheese Bites

Embrace your inner kid on New Year’s Eve with mac and cheese bites! This classic appetizer is a surefire crowd pleaser.

The homemade mac and cheese is delightfully creamy, and it has the perfect sharpness from the cheddar. Then, the deep-fried coating adds a crunchiness and turns your noodles into fantastic finger food.

18. Warm Spiced Olives

For elegant yet simple New Year’s Eve appetizers, set out several bowls of warm spiced olives. You can offer a mix or simply a medley of different varieties.

Heating the olives brings out their flavor and the flavor of the seasonings. They’re so good I always steal a few directly from the pot!

19. Cheesy Samosa Puffs

Adding cheddar to the samosa filling makes these puffs really special. The cheesy goodness makes the potatoes taste even creamier.

You’ll need a few different spices for these puffs, but if you’re really in a pinch you can use packaged curry powder.

20. Velveeta Sausage Dip

This Tex-Mex-inspired dip will take you down south with its delicious mix of melted cheese and green chilies.

It’s also a very versatile appetizer, so you can swap bacon for the sausage or add your favorite ingredients. And for vegetarians, simply leave out the sausage or use artificial bacon bits.

21. Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

For the meat-lovers among us, this is one of the best New Year’s Eve appetizers. These bacon and sausage rolls will fly off the plate.

I love the brown sugar and spice mix on these little bites. But if you’re not a fan of chili powder, you can always skip it.

22. Garlic Bread Pizza Dip

With this New Year’s Eve appetizer, you don’t need anything but a cast-iron skillet. The pizza dough bites bake right in the pan, so you can just tear and dip.

If you don’t have a skillet, just use a regular pan. And you could also serve toasted baguette slices with the dip instead of pizza dough balls.

23. Antipasto Square

These little squares pack your favorite antipasto flavors into convenient little bites.

With three meats and three cheeses, they’ll curb anyone’s hunger. Plus, prep only takes 10 minutes, so you can spend more time with your guests.

Also, they’re a great game-day or movie night snack for other times of the year.

24. Fried Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

These New Year’s Eve appetizers are a little labor-intensive, but they’re worth it. The tiny, deep-fried bites are an explosion of flavor with a creamy center.

Also, you can make these in advance and then reheat them when your guests arrive. That way, they’ll be perfectly hot and crispy.

25. Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Earthy mushrooms form the base of this yummy appetizer, and the cheese and breadcrumb topping adds the perfect salty accompaniment.

If you use small mushrooms, these cups make a perfect appetizer. But use large Portobellos for an elegant main course.

And for vegetarians, simply use vegetable broth instead of chicken stock.

26. Cucumber Hummus Bites

Add a bit of freshness to your table with these cucumber bites. They’re crisp and refreshing — a great counterpoint to some of the richer appetizers on this list.

I prefer English cucumbers to field cucumbers, but you can also use mini cucumbers for these tiny bites. And you can make these vegan by skipping the cheese.

27. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

The flavor of these cauliflower bites rivals any buffalo wings — and they’re so much healthier. What a great way to eat your veggies!

You batter and bake the cauliflower, and then coat it in a spicy buffalo sauce. Then, bake them for a few more minutes, and dip in your favorite sauce.

28. Loaded Baked Potato Dip

This dip gives you all the flavors of a loaded baked potato, but without the fuss of baking a potato! It comes together in 5 minutes with only 5 ingredients.

You can change up the ingredients or add your favorite mix-ins. For instance, I love sliced black olives or chopped dill pickles in mine.

New Year’s Eve Appetizers


  1. Make your favorite appetizers.

  2. Invite your friends over.

  3. Pop the champagne.

  4. Toast the New Year!

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