Easy Party Appetizers

Here's your all-in-one source for holiday appetizers and party snacks, including some great New Year's Eve finger foods, too. From deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms, to popcorn mixes and warm cheese dips, we've got everything you need for the best gatherings of the year.

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    Zesty Popcorn Mix

    Big bowls of party snacks that guests can dig into by the scoopful make ever-popular holiday appetizers. For something truly head-turning, mix it up with this mix that features chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and other flavor-charged ingredients.

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    Antipasto Platter with Tomato Chutney

    For this year’s array of New Year’s Eve appetizers, take the “make some/buy some” approach: Serve a homemade tomato chutney with a platter of purchased veggies, meats, and cheeses. We’ll show you how to pull it all together. 

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    Gorgonzola-Thyme-Stuffed Olives

    A buffet of party snacks wouldn’t be complete without olives—and cheese-stuffed olives are the best. While you could buy some at a gourmet shop, you can make them fresher and better at home. 

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    Sweet Ricotta and Strawberry Parfaits

    Individual-size fruit parfaits are an adorable and easy appetizer for any party buffet. The mild ricotta cheese offers the perfect stage for sweet strawberries to shine on.

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    4 Party-Ready Bundt Pan Ideas

    Turn your fluted cake pan into a multi-tasker! Watch how you can use it to make and serve holiday appetizers, including fun New Years Eve finger foods, like our Bundt Pan Jalapeño Poppers and Crab Rangoon Dip. 

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    Parmesan-Stuffed Dates

    These pretty party snacks call on just three ingredients: fresh Medjool dates, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and bacon. The sweet, salty and rich interplay of those ingredients will make it one of your favorite holiday appetizers ever.

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    Bacon and Cheese Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs score a top spot on any list of must-have holiday appetizers. For something new, try this bacon-trimmed take, or, to prepare the party snacks extra quickly, start with hard-cooked eggs from the supermarket deli.

     

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    Walnut-Apricot Baklava Bites

    When putting together a buffet of New Year's Eve appetizers, be sure to add a sweet treat—preferably one that's elegant enough for the occasion. Made with purchased phyllo shells, these easy baklava-inspired goodies will easily fit the bill. 

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    Smoky Blue Cheese Dip

    Creamy blue cheese, Greek yogurt, and mayo come together to make this irresistible dip recipe. Add a hint of smokiness to the appetizer with a dash of paprika.

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    Rosemary Roasted Nuts

    A mix of almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds can provide the base for any nut mix, but our rosemary-brown sugar topping is what really makes this appetizer stand out. A hint of cayenne pepper adds heat to the mix.

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    Mini Margherita Pizzas

    Topped with melted mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and fresh herbs, these colorful pizza bites will be gobbled up by party guests. The mini pizzas can also be easily customized with your favorite toppings.

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    Peppered Herb Cheese Ball

    To help your celebration go smoothly, look for easy New Year’s Eve appetizers with make-ahead options. This colorful cheese ball is generously flavored with herbs and goat cheese and can be made the night before your gathering.

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    Olive-Pepperoni Kabobs

    These eye-catching kabobs require no cooking and just a few minutes to assemble, making them one of the all-time easiest New Year’s Eve party food ideas ever! We love how the ingredients have been cleverly skewered using rosemary stems.

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    Hot Fennel Cheese Dip

    Hot dips rank among the most popular (and easiest!) appetizer recipes. And when bacon and blue cheese get in on the act, the results are irresistible.

     

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    Nutty Gorgonzola Apple Rings

    To add a sense of seasonality to your gathering, choose a few New Year’s Eve apps that call on fruits that are abundant during holiday time. Here, apple rings are the base of clever canapés featuring rich cheese, sweet honey, and candied walnuts. More great news: The pretty party snacks can be made up to 2 hours in advance.

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    Gluten-Free Spicy Kale Chips

    Crispy, chewy kale chips provide the perfect alternative to potato chips in your appetizer display. We used chili powder to add a little kick of heat to each chip.

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    Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

    Freshen up your appetizer recipes with in-season fruit. Here, creamy goat cheese, zippy arugula, and luscious strawberries combine for an off-the-beaten-path take on bruschetta.

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    Plum-Good Sausage and Meatballs

    On a buffet of party appetizers, sausage and meatballs are often among the first to disappear. Fortunately, this slow cooker recipe makes enough of these bold and tangy delights to serve a crowd.

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    Mini Party Quiches

    Top half of these party snacks with tomatoes and the others with fresh herbs. By doing so, it will look like you've whipped up two different holiday appetizers instead of just one.

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    Sweet Pea Ricotta Bruschetta

    Bruschetta ought to snag a spot on any table of holiday appetizers. For a version that really stands out, try our sweet pea version. Watch our video to learn how to make these wow-worthy party snacks.

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    Roasted Corn and Crab Dip

    This extra-creamy version of crab dip features roasted veggies, onions, and spicy cheese. Take a look, and you’ll see why it deserves a spot on your short-list of New Year's Eve party food ideas.

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    Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta

    Bruschetta and devilled eggs are two perennially popular party snacks. This recipe combines the two for a stellar addition to your buffet of New Years Eve finger foods or any party throughout the year.

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    Mushroom-Garlic Pizza

    Is pizza special enough to snag a spot on a table of stylish New Year's Eve appetizers? Thanks to caramelized garlic, fresh shiitake mushrooms, and homemade herb oil, this one easily makes the cut.

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    Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Bacon lovers, these party snacks are for you! The only difficult part of this stuffed mushroom recipe is keeping them stocked on your appetizer table.

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    White Chocolate Snack Mix

    New Year’s Eve is the most stylish occasion of the year, so shouldn’t your party snacks follow suit? Count on these dressy and delicious bites to combine great flavor with head-turning appeal.

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    Cheddar-Beer Weenies

    We love holiday appetizers that have bacon, cheese, and sausages, so how about one with all three? Better yet, you can prepare the weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before the party.

    We love holiday appetizers that have bacon, cheese, and sausages, so how about one with all three? Better yet, you can prepare the weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before the party.

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    Chipotle Kettle Corn

    Who doesn’t love the sweet-salty appeal of kettle corn? By adding a spicy aspect to the treat, we’ve made it even more addictive—and even more deserving of a spot on your menu of New Year’s appetizers.

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    Spicy Apple-Glazed Meatballs

    Any menu of New Year’s Eve appetizers must include meatballs! Flavored with fruit juice, soy sauce, and spices, these party snacks are perfect for the occasion.  

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