Let’s talk about New years eve appetizers for a change! So here we are again, folks. It’s the end of yet another wonderful year full of cooking and baking for me as a food blogger! And I can tell you, I’ve had a real blast. I am currently visiting family and friends in Belgium for the Christmas holidays and I’m going crazy again after seeing all that glorious Belgian food everywhere. Gives me a break from my Spanish cooking! So stay put because I have some awesome Belgian recipes coming up…
Anyway, where was I? OK, end of the year again. And with all of that also comes the need to start prepping my New years eve appetizers because now that Christmas is over we all got just a couple of days to start looking for appetizer recipes!
New Years Eve Appetizers Ideas
But I thought I would do something different this year instead of only coming up with my own ideas. I’ve seen quite a few very interesting appetizer recipes lately from other fellow food bloggers. So why not assemble my top 10 of my favorite appetizer recipes that are worth trying out this year!
Keywords here: easy, fast, make ahead and delicious of course! So let me take you by the hand and show you some super interesting recipe ideas! Ready, here we go!
1) Smoked Salmon, Greek Yogurt and Cream Cheese Pitas (Little Cooking Tips)
I love smoked salmon. And that’s why this fantastic appetizer by Mirella and Panos over at Little Cooking Tips is really making me salivate! You might be familiar with the classic version of this appetizer made with traditional Russian blinis (tiny pancakes), sour cream and smoked salmon. Sometimes a little dollop of caviar is also added. But here’s the cool part, instead of using blinis as a base for this appetizer, they used grilled Greek pita bread. A great festive delicacy. I really like the look of these appetizers, perfect for my New years eve appetizers roundup!
2) Beef and Cucumber Parcels (LinsFood)
I love a good steak. But I have to admit that I never really thought of using steak for an appetizer to be honest with you. Until I saw these gorgeous cucumber and beef parcels by Azlin Bloor over at LinsFood! They truly are a simple make ahead canapé. Think of that lovely texture of the cooked steak and the fresh crunch of that cucumber! These beef and cucumber parcels are sure to impress. And here’s a great idea: these New years eve appetizers are just perfect to assemble if you have little helpers in the kitchen who want to give you a hand!
3) Bacon and Chives Cheese Balls (Diethood)
Cream cheese, bacon, pretzel sticks and chives. What’s not to love! I have some serious cheese lovers in my family, and I bet that this tray of New years eve appetizers cheese balls by Diethood would be emptied in just a matter of minutes.
4) Antipasto Skewers (Baker By Nature)
Do you know what I love so much about these colourful skewers by Ashley over at Baked By Nature? You can assemble them just the way you like them! I really liked the idea of adding some cooked tortellini as well. And if you like you can keep them purely vegetarian. Awesome New years eve appetizers to make ahead. Needless to say that they look absolutely stunning.
5) Zucchini Pizza Bites (The Comfort Kitchen)
I like the idea of using slices of zucchini for these mini pizza bites by Georgia over at The Comfort Kitchen! No need to spend on preparing and cutting dough. Plus I do have a feeling that these bites are actually gluten free as well if I’m not mistaken! Look at that gooey cheese on top of these bites. There’s definitely time to assemble them in advance and just pop them in a hot oven if your guests have arrived. This one just can’t go wrong at all. Yum.
6) Shrimp Cocktail Lettuce Wraps (Eat Well 101)
Sure you could also prepare these in the middle of summer. But I do think that we need a couple of lighter New years eve appetizers recipes to back up the all that melted cheese and pasta skewers. So yes I would love to see this bite on my table: just look how simple but yet so fantastic this next bite is! Lettuce wraps filled with cooked prawns and a spicy ketchup and mayo dressing by Eat Well 101. I’m all in.
7) Creamy Tomato Soup Shooters with Grilled Cheese Sticks (How Sweet Eats)
Homemade tomato soup and cheese sandwiches. Can it get any easier. I do think that this soup tastes at its best if you serve it warm. But that doesn’t make it impossible to serve on your New Years eve appetizer party. You can definitely make this soup a day in advance and even assemble the cheese sticks. After that it’s just a matter of warming the soup through again and grill the sandwiches. Everyone loves a good homemade tomato soup in the winter, right! Great recipe by Jessica over at How Sweet Eats.
8) Ham and Cheese Crescents Appetizers (June d’Arville)
Allow me to squeeze in one of my personal appetizers! These ham and cheese crescents are again easy to assemble some times in advance. Definitely a great job to do with kids! I created these little puff pastry bites a couple of months ago out of some leftovers I have to admit. But since publishing this recipe, these little crunchy cheesy bites instantly became my most popular appetizer recipe on my website! Dipping sauce? Just a simple squeeze of homemade ketchup and you are all set. Enjoy!
9) Hot Corn and Bacon Beer Cheese Dip (The Cookie Rookie)
No party without a proper dip, right! And if I have to be honest, I like my dips cheesy, chunky and preferably with beer and bacon if that’s possible! So that’s why I wanted to tell you about this fabulous dip recipe with corn, bacon and beer by Becky over at The Cookie Rookie. Add to this a basket full of nacho crisps and an ice cold beer. I want happy faces and bellies on New Years eve and this dip will certainly deliver.
10) Easy Chocolate Mousse (Cookies and Cups)
Once that countdown is long gone, I don’t like to send my guests home like that. I like to serve a good cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea before the party is over. And with that comes a last bite, but a sweet one this time! Nothing better than chocolate of course! I would consider a chocolate fountain with fresh fruits or chocolate cupcakes, even a simple slice of chocolate cake with whipped cream, custard or ice cream. One of my favorite make ahead chocolate desserts still is a good old classic chocolate mousse. Check out the one by Shelly over at Cookie and Cups! Nobody ever said no thanks to chocolate mousse!
How do you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
New Year’s eve is closing in fast again… Gosh, time really goes so fast! Are planning on cooking a full dinner? Or do you feel more like serving a ‘walking dinner’ (a fancy word for an appetizer party with hot and/or cold little bites) to let your guests serve themselves the whole evening until countdown?
I’m going for the latter. I like this kind of celebration because a lot can be made and prepared in advance. Sure I like to make some hot appetizers in between. Sparks the appetite even more. Time to show off some of your cooking and baking skills! So what should definitely be part of this confetti loaded munch party? I recommend for cold appetizers a couple of dipping sauces (a great opportunity to include a vegetarian option) with nachos or naan bread, deviled eggs, cold appetizer soups, raw or marinated vegetables, cheese, bread sticks, charcuterie…
If you’re planning on serving hot appetizers, you can go in and out the kitchen throughout the night without missing out on too much of the fun. Hot appetizers can also be (partially) prepped you know. Think about stuffed mushrooms, hot dipping sauces, baked cheese, homemade pizza, focaccia, quiche, pastry bites and popcorn. Sure you can make these things in advance and serve them in the beginning. Just make sure that your appetizers don’t go soft and loose their flavor and crunch if they are sitting in the fridge or pantry for too long…
Think you won’t have the time to do all of this? I’m sure there’s more than a couple of eager hands to help you out on this one!
For more inspiration…
Here is just another handful of my personal appetizer recipes that are just perfect for New Year’s eve. Or go straight to my appetizer recipes chapter for more inspiration and recipe ideas!
So what are you waiting for, people? Ready for this year’s Silvester’s eve? Whatever you do, enjoy!