27 Recipes for a New Year's Buffet

On New Year's Eve, set up a party buffet using our recipes and let your guests munch on these yummy appetizers, side dishes, and main dishes until the clock strikes 12!

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    Roasted Corn and Crab Dip

    So long, store-bought dips. Corn and crab pair up for an appetizer that's as unique as it is delicious. It's New Year's Eve, so go ahead—have two (or three!) servings.

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    Pizza Dippers

    Pizza: one of those recipes loved by kids and adults alike. Our homemade marinara sauce takes only 20 minutes, making this New Year's appetizer super easy.

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    Classic Crab Cakes

    You can make crab cakes for a crowd! This favorite New Year's party appetizer recipe can be made ahead and kept in the oven until you're ready to serve. 

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    Ricotta Meatballs

    Dress up regular meatballs in honor of the holiday by stuffing them with ricotta cheese. This make-ahead appetizer can hang out in your freezer for a month before the party. 

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    Shrimp and Chorizo Kabobs

    Seafood is an elegant menu choice to help ring in the New Year. Spice it up with a zesty chipotle glaze. This easy party recipe can be assembled ahead but is best when prepped just before party time. 

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    BLT Dip

    Three cheers to bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes! This creamy dip is a crowd-pleasing combination of the namesake BLT ingredients with the addition of onions, sour cream, and plenty of cheese.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

    Party guests will happily eat these bacon bites all night long as they wait for the ball to drop.

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    Meat Loaf Muffins

    Piling mashed potatoes, cranberry-tomato sauce, and a little cheese on top of a too-cute meat loaf muffin will make an adorable dinner display. Thanks to muffin tins, cleanup is super easy, which gets you get back to the party extra quick.

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    Taco Spread

    Spice up your New Year's Eve party with this festive taco bar. Simply make a classic pork roast and serve it with all the toppings. We love unexpected toppers like radishes, pepitas, and pumpkin guacamole. 

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    Ham and Cheese Slab Pies

    Puff pastry wraps ham, Gruyere, and cream cheese in this adult version of the classic ham and cheese sandwich. It can be made up to two months ahead—in case you're looking to plan your New Year's party that far in advance!

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    Baked Potato Bar

    A baked potato bar is the definition of comfort food. Perfect for family New Year's parties, this DIY buffet is as easy as setting out the ingredients. Let your guests mix and match their favorites. 

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    Chorizo-Cheese Ants on a Log

    This take on a childhood favorite is totally grown up, thanks to spicy chorizo sausage and sweet pitted dates. Add them to your New Year's party spread and watch them disappear. 

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    Cheesy Hasselback New Potatoes

    This cheesy treat is sophisticated enough to pair with a glass of sparkling wine.

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    Insanely Good Chicken Tender Coatings

    Jazz up regular ol' chicken tenders for a party-perfect dish.

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    Blue Cheese- and Walnut-Stuffed Mushrooms

    Make your New Year's party look—and taste—fancy with minimal effort.

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    Beer and Cheddar Fondue

    For a large party, double or triple the recipe, then serve the fondue in a slow cooker on the low setting. The thick crock and gentle heat keep the fondue warm and smooth so you can keep dunking all night long! 

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    Cheesy Mashed Potato Pots

    We're celebrating the New Year with our favorite side dish. Extra cheese, please!

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    Crispy Fruit Chips

    Starting your New Year's resolution early? These chips are sweet, healthy, and sure to delight party guests.

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    Potato-Goat Cheese Gratin

    Even a rich dish like potato gratin can be lightened by using nonfat milk and goat cheese, which saves calories for those delicious New Year's desserts.

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    5 Finger-Licking Chicken Wing Recipes

    When you have five types of wings, you can guarantee that everyone at the party will find one they love.

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    Winter Slaw with Kale and Cabbage

    This pretty salad will help end your year on a good note.

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    Bacon Chocolate Bark

    When bacon and chocolate are involved, you can never go wrong.

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    Ranch Deviled Eggs

    Start the party with the classic finger food—deviled eggs.

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    Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese

    Easy and cheesy—what more could you ask for?

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    Gluten-Free Spicy Kale Chips

    Munch on spicy chips (minus the guilt) as you wait for the ball to drop.

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    Five-Spice Chicken Wings

    Hot and spicy chicken wings will keep everyone wide awake!

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    Make-Ahead Buffalo Chicken Sliders

    Make these the night before so you can concentrate on enjoying the festivities.

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