The year is almost over.
Celebrate in style with these 10 amazing appetizers, take a look!
Every year is filled with ups and downs, and being able to look back on the events of the last twelve months as a time of learning and growth makes the excitement for years to come even greater.
Not only this, but any excuse to sample a platter of incredible appetizers is something worth celebrating. Whether you are hosting or attending, New Year's Eve snacks and finger foods are the centerpieces of the evening. And everyone wants to enter the new year with something delicious, making it tough to find the best New Year's Eve party appetizers.
Take it easy with some fresh new years snack ideas from Table & Thyme! We have compiled a list of 10 easy appetizers for new years eve that are a guaranteed hit for every crowd!
The Best New Year’s Appetizers
Ready to show off your culinary skills without breaking a sweat? You are in the right place! Here are 10 appetizers and snacks for the new year.
1. Candied Pecan Ritz Crackers
A passable appetizer with smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar, and even a slight kick!
- Ritz crackers
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Jalapenos, canned
- Preheat the oven to 350º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place a layer of crackers on the parchment paper and set it aside.
- Cut the bacon strips into small 1-inch squares and place a square in the center of every cracker.
- Combine the brown sugar, mustard, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and stir to mix. Spoon a small amount of the brown sugar mixture onto the bacon.
- Place the crackers in the oven to bake for 15 minutes or until the bacon becomes crispy.
- Top the cracker with jalapenos and serve.
Why not begin the new year by trying out something new? This recipe features an unlikely pair of ingredients, white cheddar and crisp apple, for a monumental match of flavor you don’t want to miss!
- 1 French baguette
- 1 block white cheddar cheese
- 1-2 apples, red variety
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-2 Tablespoons butter
- Preheat the broiler if necessary.
- Slice the baguette into bite-sized crostini and arrange on a baking sheet. Place the bread slices into the oven to broil for 1-2 minutes. Remove the toasts from the oven and set aside.
- Slice the apple and cheese into thin sections. Place a slice of cheese onto each toast.
- Place the baking sheet back into the oven and broil for an additional 1-2 minutes to melt the cheese.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the apple slices and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon to the pan and cook for around 7 minutes to soften the fruit.
- Add the apple slices to the toasts, serve, and enjoy!
3. Brie and Pear Skewers
Add a bit of sophistication to your new year’s eve appetizer spread with this elegant yet simple recipe!
- 1-2 pears, cubed
- Arugula, fresh
- Brie, cubed
- Balsamic glaze
- Walnuts, chopped
- Prepare the pears and Brie by cutting them into bite-sized cubes.
- Layer a cube of pear, a few arugula leaves, and a cube of Brie on a toothpick, and set aside on a serving plate. Repeat as necessary.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze on the platter of skewers and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
4. Cucumber Shrimp Boats
A simple and creative appetizer that’s fun for party-goers of all ages!
- 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup white rice
- 3-4 medium-sized cucumbers
- Olive oil
- Chili lime seasoning to taste
- Sriracha to taste
- Prepare the rice in a rice cooker or according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile, add the shrimp to a large mixing bowl with olive oil. Toss to coat, and sprinkle in salt, pepper, and chili lime seasoning to taste.
- Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and cook at 400º F in the air fryer for 8 minutes.
- Cut each cucumber in half lengthwise, using a spoon to remove the seeds. Depending on the number of boats you intend to make, you can also cut the cucumbers in half again to double the servings.
- Portion a small bed of rice into the hallowed center of the cucumber pieces. Top with the cooked shrimp and a drizzle of sriracha.
- Serve and enjoy!
5. Creamy Onion Dip
End the year with a culinary classic, creamy onion dip made from scratch!
- 1 ½ pounds mixed variety onions
- 4 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1½ cups plain Greek yogurt
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice, fresh
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400º F and prepare the onions by peeling them and cutting them into halves before thinly slicing.
- Arrange the onion slices and garlic gloves on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with a generous amount of olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of water. Use tongs to toss the garlic and onion and coat.
- Push the onions and garlic into a pile in the center of the baking sheet and place them into the oven to cook for around an hour.
- Intermittently, re-toss everything in 15-minute increments.
- If the onions are not caramelized after an hour in the oven, continue the same process for an additional 20-30 minutes.
- After the onions are thoroughly caramelized, allow them to cool. In a mixing bowl, combine the garlic cloves, onions, yogurt, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Use a fork to mash the garlic and onions and mix until a paste is formed.
- Serve with chips or a vegetable platter and enjoy!
6. Butter Board
2022 was a year of many trends. Sign off with one of the best it had to offer, a velvety, personalized butter board!
- 1 stick of butter, room temperature
- 1-2 Tablespoons chili oil
- Chives, minced
- Flaky salt
- Line a cutting board or wooden/stone slab with parchment paper.
- Use a butter knife to spread the butter across the parchment pepper.
- Spoon a few Tablespoons of chili oil onto the butter and use the back of the spoon to spread it into a thin layer over the butter.
- Drizzle the butter board with honey and sprinkle with salt and minced chives.
- Serve with freshly baked bread and enjoy!
7. Cheese Twists
Salty, crunchy, and cheesy, what more could you want in an all-star appetizer?
- 6 ounces of hard or semi-firm cheese, shredded (Gruyère, Parmesan, Asiago, or extra sharp cheddar)
- 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Preheat your oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Clean an empty counter to use as a work surface and dust with flour. Roll out two pieces of puff pastry until they are flat, but still maintaining their shape.
- Whisk the egg yolk in a small bowl and brush one of the puff pastries with the yolk. Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese onto the same puff pastry. Then, place the other puff pastry over the shredded cheese, brush with egg yolk, and top with the remaining cheese.
- Sprinkle the paprika and red pepper flakes over everything, then use a rolling pin to flatten the pastry again.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry into strips of around ½ inch thick, and twist each strip a few times to create spirals. Repeat until all strips are spiraled.
- Place the spiraled strips on the lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
8. Frosted Cranberries
Pay homage to the season with a winter treat! Ingredients
- 1 cup sugar, divided
- ½ cup hot water
- Cranberries, fresh
- Create a simple syrup using equal parts hot water and sugar. Bring ½ cup water to a boil and combine with 1.2 cup sugar, whisking until completely dissolved.
- Coat the cranberries in the simple syrup by adding them to the pot and stirring.
- Then, transfer the cranberries to a cookie or cooling rack to remove the excess syrup.
- Place the cranberries in the refrigerator for at least 15-20 minutes. When the cranberries become tacky and sticky, remove them from the fridge.
- Fill a wide and shallow bowl with the remaining sugar. Place a few cranberries at a time into the sugar bowl and toss to coat. Repeat until all cranberries are coated in sugar and let them cool in the refrigerator to set.
- Serve chilled and enjoy!
9. Garlic Confit
A succulent and savory garlic spread enhanced with fresh thyme and red pepper flakes.
- Garlic cloves, peeled
- Olive oil
- Thyme, fresh
- Red pepper flakes
- Preheat your oven to 250º F.
- Peel the garlic cloves and place them into a small baking dish. Add a sprig or two of fresh thyme and a dash of red pepper flakes before submerging the garlic in olive oil.
- Cover the dish with tin foil and place in the oven to bake for at least 2 hours.
- When the garlic is finished cooking, remove the dish from the oven and set it on the counter to cool completely.
- Once it reaches room temperature, serve the confit alongside crostini, crackers, or a crudité platter. Enjoy!
10. Fruit Dip
Flavorful, fluffy, and sweet, this creamy marshmallow dip is an ideal addition to fresh fruit platters at holiday parties.
- 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 container marshmallow fluff
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredients until smooth.
- Continue whisking until peaks form. If the dip is not thickening, refrigerating for 10-15 minutes may help.
- Serve chilled with fresh fruit and enjoy!
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