If you’re like me, you absolutely love the holidays. Not only do you get to spend quality time with friends and family, but you also get to eat all of the delicious foods. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is cooking for the people I love and care about most. Whether you are cooking for a large gathering or just the family, this list will have a yummy New Year’s Eve appetizer recipe calling your name. With these amazing appetizer recipes, you’ll have your friends and family fighting over the last bite.
1. Layered Taco Bake Casserole – Make It A Taco Tuesday Night
Who doesn’t love tacos? This casserole recipe from Life Family Fun is the perfect option for an easy yet delicious dish that everyone will love. This dish is great because it’s mess-free because the chips are already sitting at the bottom of the casserole. Basically, just grab a spoon and everyone can scoop themselves a big ol’ portion of this layered goodness.
2. Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Wings – Great Appetizer and Party Food
This BBQ chicken wings recipe from Life Family Fun is great for any party or special occasion. It uses the Instant Pot and cooks the wings to perfection in under thirty minutes using only three ingredients: water, wings, and sauce. You can buy frozen chicken from the grocery store and then just throw them all in your Instant Pot. Simply take out the thoroughly cooked chicken and add your favorite sauce for an appetizer no one will want to put down.
3. Instant Pot Pizza With Pepperonis: Kid-Friendly Meal in 15-Minutes
If you haven’t made a pizza in your Instant Pot, you don’t know what you’re missing! For those days when you’re just not in the mood to spend a lot of time cooking, Life Family Fun shows us how to make this quick pizza recipe in just fifteen minutes. It’s great because you can tailor the recipe to suit your family’s taste buds. You can even add pineapples if you’d like, although some would argue that pineapple does not belong on pizza. That’s up for you to decide as you make this recipe your own.
4. Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers With Bacon – Perfect Game Day Appetizer
This recipe from Life Family Fun uses fresh peppers, bacon, cheese, cheese, and some more cheese to make these delightful cream cheese stuffed peppers. They make the perfect appetizer for any occasion because of the unique mix of ingredients that work so well together. The crunchiness of the peppers and bacon paired with the soft cream cheese stuffing will leave your guests craving another bite-sized pepper filled with deliciousness.
5. 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls
Are you looking for a mouthwatering keto-friendly dessert recipe? These peanut butter cheesecake balls from Tshanina Peterson don’t require any backing and will most likely disappear within minutes if they’re brought to a New Year’s Eve party. Using only four ingredients, you’ll make a tasty and filling dessert or appetizer option that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
6. 5-Ingredient Easy Bruschetta Recipe with Roasted Red Peppers & Basil
This roasted red pepper and basil bruschetta recipe from Happy Deal Happy Day is a simple yet satisfying appetizer option. You’ll only need to use five basic ingredients that you likely already have in your kitchen to make this bruschetta that is packed with flavor. Some ciabatta bread, balsamic Italian dressing, roasted red peppers, basil, and mozzarella cheese will create these tasty bite-sized bursts of deliciousness that will have everyone asking for more.
7. Angus Steak Bruschetta Appetizers
This innovative take on bruschetta from This Worthey Life is another delicious appetizer option to try this holiday season. While you won’t usually find beef on most bruschetta recipes, this recipe might convince you to never go back to traditional bruschetta. The tender Angus beef and mix of garnishes sit on top of a toasted grain baguette. You may eat so many of these that you won’t have any room left for the main course.
8. Antipasto Platter with Grape Tomato & Caper Salad
If you’re someone who doesn’t love following step-by-step recipes, this antipasto platter from The Kitchen Is My Playground is a great option for you. There’s a lot of room to play with this recipe, as it calls for a variety of different crackers, olives, and breadsticks. You can really take this recipe and make your own by adding and omitting whatever you’d like and it will always turn out delicious. This recipe is basically a two-in-one because there are also instructions to make a fresh tomato and caper salad. The tomato and caper salad is meant to go in the middle of the antipasto platter, but you could also just make the salad by itself if you’d like to. You can’t really go wrong here.
9. Apple Snacks
If you are short on time, these crunchy apple snacks from Bunny’s Warm Oven will be your go-to recipe for a quick and healthy appetizer. This hearty recipe will certainly trick the kids at the party into eating a healthy snack. Simply slice up some apples, drizzle honey on top, and then roll the apple slices around in a bowl filled with crushed walnuts, pecans, or almonds and complete the dish with a sprinkle of bleu cheese crumbles. Now, you have a sweet and crunchy treat that’s also super tasty and healthy.
10. Bacon-Wrapped Figs with Balsamic Reduction
These bacon-wrapped figs with balsamic reduction are too easy and too delicious not to share. I Was Born To Cook shows us how to create this recipe that will make you look like the master chef at the party, even though these bacon wrapped figs are made in just three simple steps. All you need to do is wrap pieces of bacon individually around each fig before placing them in the oven. After less than thirty minutes in the oven, you’ll drizzle one-third a cup of balsamic vinegar over the bacon-wrapped figs, and then bon appétit to the gourmet chef!
11. Baked Hummus Dip with Easy Tabouli Topping
Do you love Mediterranean food? What if I told you that this recipe from Two Healthy Kitchens combines two Mediterranean classic dishes into one delicious appetizer? You read that right. This combination of baked hummus and tabouli topping is absolutely mouthwatering and can be prepped ahead of time to save you time in the kitchen.
12. Best Ever Jalapeño Popper Dip
This jalapeño popper dip from A Bird And A Bean is a healthy take on the generally unhealthy dish. The dish becomes much more nutritious because of one simple swap: mayonnaise is replaced with greek yogurt. Truthfully, you can’t even tell the difference. The great thing about this recipe is that since it’s a healthier version of a jalapeño popper dip, you can eat way more of it without feeling guilty.
13. Bite-Size Chicken and Waffles Appetizer
Chicken and waffles together are just one of those comfort foods you can’t turn down. Lydi Out Loud shows us how to make this innovative chicken and waffles recipe that is sure to impress everyone served. As you can tell simply by just looking at the photo, this brings your typical chicken and waffles recipe up to another level. This recipe actually calls for chicken sausage which makes the preparation process that much easier because sausage is easy to cut into perfectly small slices.
14. BLT Dip Recipe
Chances are you’ve had a BLT sandwich before, but have you ever tried a BLT dip? This recipe from Sugar Spice And Family Life is a unique take on the average chip dip that you generally see at parties. Spice things up a bit and make a BLT dip that everyone will love!
15. Buffalo Shrimp Dip
This buffalo shrimp dip recipe from Peas and Crayons takes just fifteen minutes to create a unique combination of flavors that really work well together. You’ve probably assumed what the main ingredients are by now: shrimp, cheese, and a dash of hot sauce to get that yummy buffalo flavor. But there’s an unexpected ingredient you wouldn’t expect: beer. While there are substitutes for the beer, this appetizer may just be the perfect choice for you if you’re looking forward to a boozy New Year’s Eve party.
16. Cherry Cheesecake Dip
This no-bake cherry cheesecake recipe from Cincy Shopper would be a great addition to any party. The only four ingredients required are cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, cherry pie filling, and whipped topping. You can dip basically whatever you’d like in this dish, so feel free to get creative! Some recommended dipping options are vanilla wafers, pretzels, or graham crackers.
17. Cornmeal Cheddar Cheese Coins
These crunchy cornmeal cheddar cheese coins from Letty’s Kitchen are a great savory bite-sized appetizer that everyone will love. It’s important to note that this recipe is one of the more tedious ones on our list, but the outcome is definitely worth it, though. You can taste the butter and cheese melt into your mouth as soon as you take your first bite.
18. Cranberry and Goat Cheese Crostini
This cranberry and goat cheese crostini appetizer from Two Healthy Kitchens just looks like it belongs at a holiday party. The tart cranberries paired with a crumbling of creamy goat cheese that sits on top of a crunchy crostini is basically heaven in one bite. Preparing these delicious crostinis is extremely easy, so this option is perfect if you’re wanting an appetizer that is quick and can feed a lot of people.
19. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites
If you’re a fan of the slow cooker, you’re going to love this simple buffalo chicken appetizer recipe from Major Hoff Takes A Wife. Simply mix all of the ingredients together, pour it over the chicken, and let it cook all day. So you’ll have plenty of time to get caught up on chores or just relax while the slow cooker does all of the work for you. The buffalo dip will add a kick of flavor to your palette while the creamy bleu cheese dressing offers a delicious contrast. There are a few options when it comes to serving this dish. You can place the dip in a large bowl and let everyone dig in, or you could take the fancier route and top each Triscuit cracker accordingly and finish with some chopped green onions. The choice is yours!
20. Crockpot Cheesy Fiesta Dip
This cheesy fiesta dip from Mandatory Mooch is basically a hamburger converted into a delicious dip. The crockpot is a great tool to use for making dips because you can just throw all of the ingredients in there, and then you simply wait for the magic to happen. Grab some tortilla chips and dig into this creamy dish that cheese-lovers won’t be able to get enough of.
21. Cucumber Avocado Salsa
If you’re looking for a healthy appetizer, To Simply Inspire has crafted the most delicious cucumber avocado salsa. This dish is a great alternative to guacamole dip since it’s basically guacamole with a fresh crunch of extra veggies added into it. In just fifteen minutes, you’ll have a light and nutritious, crowd-pleasing appetizer that will be like a breath of fresh air.
22. Black-Eyed Pea Salsa – Kudos Kitchen Style
Did you know that black-eyed peas are considered to be good luck? This tasty black-eyed pea salsa recipe from Kudos Kitchen By Renée is great because not only is it a unique variation of the typical salsa dish, but the appetizer will also be thought to grant you and your guests good luck as you bring in the new year together.
23. Mini Grilled Cheese Pot Roast Sandwiches
How cute do these little grilled cheese pot roast sandwiches from Mooshu Jenne look? Using only half a pound of pot roast, a baguette, sharp cheddar cheese, and some olive oil, you’ll have the perfect bite-sized option to bring to a holiday party. This appetizer is great because you can prepare your pot roast in a slow cooker and eat it the day before New Year’s Eve and simply use the leftovers for these little sandwiches.
24. New Year’s Eve Ball Dropping Cupcakes
Are you looking for a dessert option that perfectly goes with the theme of New Year’s Eve? These cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne are adorable and will have everyone at the party talking. How fun is this creative take on dessert?
25. Supreme Pizza Dip
Everybody loves pizza. This appetizer from Mooshu Jenne offers a twist on the standard pizza on bread with this supreme pizza dip that everyone is sure to love. With only ten minutes to prep and twenty minutes to cook in the oven, you’ll have a supreme pizza dip that ready to serve with a fresh baguette that just screams deliciousness.
26. Tuna Mozzarella Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
This quick and easy appetizer from An Italian In My Kitchen is both aesthetically pleasing and tasty. Your guests will love this innovative recipe that looks like a lot of hard work was put into the preparation process, but really it takes just twenty minutes to prep. So you should just take the praises because you took the time to find the perfect healthy bite-size recipe for their enjoyment. Knowledge is power.
27. Gluten-Free Stuffed Mushrooms with Zucchini Quinoa Stuffing
If you’re looking for the perfect gluten-free appetizer option to accommodate special diets, these stuffed mushrooms from Mom Foodie will have all of the guests at the party buzzing. You’ll make a zucchini, garlic, and quinoa stuffing and place it inside each of the mushroom caps for a delightfully light appetizer. The lemon zest added on top of the dish creates a burst of flavor that everyone will love.
28. Best Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites
Instead of bringing the typical spinach artichoke dip to your New Year’s Eve gathering, why not try this easy-to-make recipe from Delish? It takes just ten minutes to prepare these delicious and colorful little spinach artichoke zucchini bites, and you could even save more time by cooking them in the air fryer! The party-goers will definitely recognize your extra effort when they begin to devour these.
29. Blackberry Goat Cheese Crackers
Quite possibly the prettiest appetizer on the list is this blackberry goat cheese cracker recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen which seems to belong at a New Year’s Eve party. You’ll coat the blackberries in shimmery sanding sugar to give them that super sparkly and festive appearance before placing them on crackers with a spread of goat cheese and some blackberry sauce. Add some fun toothpicks that have a festive vibe to them, and these blackberry goat cheese crackers will light up your celebration!
30. Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites
If you’re looking for an appetizer option that’s super quick but also has an element of class to it, these smoked salmon and cheese cucumber bites from Baker by Nature are perfect for you. Not only are they healthy and tasty, but they’re also really easy to make in just ten minutes. Plus, everyone will love you for bringing smoked salmon to a party — it’s simply common knowledge.
31. Best Antipasto Bites
Antipasto salads are always a good idea. These little antipasto bites from Delish are an even better idea to bring to a holiday party or gathering. This recipe takes just five minutes to prep and ten minutes of cooking to make twenty servings. They would be a great addition to any New Year’s party as guests can mingle and chat while snacking on delicious antipasto, without having to sit down and commit to eating a salad.
Deciding on the perfect recipe for a special occasion like New Year’s Eve can be quite overwhelming. Hopefully, this list can assist you in finding a recipe that inspires you to create something fabulous in the kitchen. Whether you’re gravitating towards a simple recipe or one that requires a little more time and effort, I’m sure everyone will rave about whichever recipe you choose off this list. These appetizer recipes could also be used for other events throughout the new year as well. Wishing you a wonderful time making your recipe and most importantly — Happy New Year!