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27 Best New Year’s Appetizers

Ring in the new year with these delicious New Year’s appetizers!

Whether you plan on pushing the clocks forward and going to bed at 8 pm, or making it all the way to midnight, these tasty snacks will keep you satisfied.

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Baked Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms with Spinach

There are so many sweet and savory options when it comes to your New Year’s appetizer menu. Why not make an assortment for a party no one will forget?

Watch the ball drop with homemade cheese straws or smother your sorrows in spinach artichoke dip. I’ve rounded up plenty of flavors to start your new year off right.

There’s one night left before you chase after those resolutions. Send this year off with a bang with these 21 best New Year’s appetizers!

Bowl of Cheese Dip with Tacos

1. Velveeta Sausage Dip

Dip is the perfect appetizer for any party, but especially a New Year’s party! Grazers can pass by and snag a chip, or it also makes a hearty side for a good meal.

This dip is perfectly spiced with Rotel tomatoes and breakfast sausage stirred into a creamy Velveeta dip.

It’s the perfect savory topping for chips, crackers, and anything else you can think of.

Mix up a bowl and call it a day. You might become the neighborhood’s top chef.

2. Easy Appetizer Meatballs

Meatballs are the quintessential appetizer, and these are no exception. They keep all your favorite meatball flavors with the added ease of a Crockpot.

This is the dish for those nights you don’t feel like cooking or you don’t have time! Jazz up freezer meatballs with some pantry staples, and you’ll be ready to party!

No one will know how simple they are to make!

3. Cheese Ball Bites

A cheese ball has always been an appetizer staple, but they can get messy half way through the party.

These cheese ball bites are guaranteed to make it to midnight. Instead of having one ball that everyone cuts from, guests will each have their own mini-bite.

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Say good bye to sad, smashed cheese balls and hello to everyone’s new favorite snack.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

4. Bacon Wrapped Smokies

You can wrap anything in bacon and have it taste good, and these smokies are no exception. Savory smokies are seasoned with the taste of applewood bacon.

Don’t limit this recipe just to New Year’s. These smokies would be phenomenal at tailgates and barbecues as well.

It’s a good thing too, because after you try them, you’ll want them year round.

5. Spinach Artichoke Zucchini Bites

Don’t let the veggies in the title fool you! This is not healthy food. Instead, it’s a cheesy, flavorful app that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

The zucchini is the perfect vessel for the decadent spinach artichoke dip. Sometimes, there are too many options to put on a chip.

This recipe changes traditional spinach artichoke dip out for a cleverly designed bite guests can grab-and-go.

Bisquick Sausage Balls

6. Bisquick Sausage Balls

Bring the fun of brunch to your New Year’s party with these Bisquick sausage balls. The finger-friendly snack is a savory way to celebrate.

Enjoy these plain or dipped in ketchup. The meaty, cheesy munchies are irresistible. You’d better double this recipe because they will disappear quickly.

Bisquick makes this recipe quick to make and easy on the budget. Make every day a party with these sausage balls.

7. Garlic Bread Pizza Dip

Garlic bread and pizza are a classic pairing that everyone loves. Bring their goodness to the apps table this year with this bread and dip combo.

It is all your favorite pizza flavor baked into a savory dip. The dip is the only thing that could make garlic bread any better.

Pack a few copies of this recipe. I am sure people will ask for it.

8. Cheese Straws

Cheese snacks are always a hit, and these cheese straws are the pinnacle of all of them. Think Goldfish crackers and Cheez-its, but homemade.

The surprising thing about these snacks is the spice blend. It is not just a cheesy dough, but a layered taste of several spices.

I would say these are great for kids, but adults will love them, too. 

Homemade Spinach Artichoke Dip

9. Spinach Artichoke Dip

I can’t have a list of appetizers without including spinach artichoke dip on the list. This is the dish that invented party food.

A pioneer in the art of the appetizer, this creamy dip is addicting and delicious. Spinach artichoke dip is the star of the smorgasbord, every time.

Sure, you could buy the pre-made dip, but why? This homemade version is so easy and tastes a million times better.

10. Antipasto Bites

If you have a more sophisticated engagement or palette, these antipasto bites are the perfect starter.

Olives, meat, and cheese are a timeless pairing, and for good reason. The blend of flavors and textures fit perfectly on a toothpick and in your mouth.

Though sophisticated in nature, this is a no-bake recipe. All you’ll need are three ingredients and some little helpers to makes these nutritious nibbles.

11. Fried Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

If you want to wow your guests with your impressive culinary skills, try these fried blue cheese stuffed olives.

They are the perfect combination of sharp aged cheese and briny olives, breaded and fried in a delicious crust.

Your guests will be pleased with the taste and impressed with your cooking talents.

12. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed button mushrooms are a delicious appetizer for any occasion, but especially New Year’s Eve. The soft, creamy filling is flavored with savory onion pieces.

The mushroom is a delicate vessel that provides plenty of juice and flavor to complete the bite. 

Between the natural goodness of the mushroom and the savory delight of the filling, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better dish.

13. Vegetable Dip

Every party needs a good veggie tray, and every veggie tray is defined by its dip. Take classic ranch up a notch with this delicious vegetable dip.

The vegetable tray can be seen as the scapegoat appetizer, but if you add this veggie dip, your friends will be impressed.

It’s the perfect balance of spices and cream base to create a dip that elevates veggies from boring side to appetizer level.

Chips and Guacamole

14. Guacamole

There isn’t a thing in this world guacamole can’t make better. This delicious recipe yields a fragrant, well-balanced bowl of guac that will have everyone drooling.

Guacamole is the perfect topping for so many things. From corn chips to burrito bowls, this recipe needs to be a kitchen staple.

It’s no-bake, but that doesn’t necessarily mean no effort. This recipe takes lots of chopping to yield a smooth and savory batch of delicious guacamole.

15. Bacon Bites

Who doesn’t love bacon? These bacon bites are a fantastic appetizer. The only problem? What entree do you serve afterward?

These bacon bites are so delicious, they’ll steal the show from any entree!

Turn heads the minute you walk into the room with a platter of these sizzling, fragrant bacon bites.

16. Beer Cheese Dip

A bar food favorite, beer cheese dip is the cool, older cousin to classic Velveeta.

The result is a flavor concoction that can top anything but is most popular with soft pretzels.

If you don’t have time to make soft pretzels, this beer cheese dip is tasty on store-bought pretzels, as well as bread and chips. Honestly, it’s good on anything.

Any leftovers would be delicious smeared on sandwiches or in a quesadilla.

17. Hummus

The unofficial meal just became an official appetizer. Hummus comes in so many flavors and is always a savory delight.

You can dip anything in hummus! From fresh vegetables to corn chips, everything is better with a little hummus on it.

Hummus doesn’t just come from the store! Make your own with this easy-to-follow recipe.

18. Mozzarella Sticks

Cheese is America’s favorite food. How could it get any better? Well, you bread it and deep fry it, that’s how!

Mild mozzarella is coated in crispy bread crumbs and then sizzled to perfection in the fryer.

The result is a delicious mozzarella stick that’s crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Bring out the kid in everyone with this childhood favorite.

19. Cheesy Bacon Dip

Cheese and bacon make any recipe better. Taste their friendship in this crave-worthy cheesy bacon dip.

Dip is the perfect appetizer, and this recipe is no exception. Coat the chip of your dreams with ooey-gooey, cheesy bacon dip.

Melty cheese is the perfect base and crispy bacon bits add plenty of flavor and texture. This is the appetizer you didn’t know you needed.

20. Frozen Margarita Mousse

This appetizer is what dreams are made of. Why drink your margaritas when you can eat them?

This mousse has all the flavor (and booze) of a margarita cocktail, but you EAT it.

Don’t be intimidated by the title. This mousse is ready to be tackled by advanced chefs and beginners alike.

If your New Year’s Eve party is adults only, you’ll have to try this margarita appetizer.

21. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This buffalo cauliflower bite recipe is as close to meatless wings as you’ll get.

The cauliflower maintains a firm texture inside the breaded layer, imitating that of a chicken wing.

Pile on the familiar zing of buffalo wing sauce, and you’ll have an irresistible snack!

Even your carnivorous friends will be impressed with how delicious these meat-free wings are.

22. Deviled Eggs

History’s first appetizer, the deviled egg is a delicious and easy crowd-pleaser that will start your new year off on the right foot.

Hard-boiled eggs and your favorite fixings come together in this protein-packed savory snack. Make a dozen and watch them disappear!

23. Chocolate Hummus

Hummus is normally a savory dip, but I have good news for your sweet tooth. This hummus is made from chickpeas but is sweetened and flavored with cocoa.

The result is a sweet mixture that’s like brownie batter. It’s just like licking the mixing bowl clean, without the risk of salmonella.

Dunk in your favorite sweet snack, such as animal crackers or graham crackers.

24. Loaded Baked Potato Dip

This classic comfort food is reimagined into a satisfying dip. It’s all of your favorite loaded baked potato toppings served on top of a potato chip!

You’ll still enjoy all of the classic flavors and textures, but in a new and improved way.

This dip is a portable meal that you can enjoy before the feast begins!

Homemade Puppy Chow

25. Puppy Chow

Puppy chow, monkey munch, muddy-buddy mix… whatever you call this sweet treat, it’s always a hit!

Delicious peanut butter and chocolate coats crunchy crispy Chex cereal. It’s all then tossed in a generous layer of powdered sugar.

You may want to make a batch ahead in order to sample, for the guest’s sake.

26. Cranberry Brie Bites

This is a great way to use up those leftover Christmas cranberries! Whip up some of these cranberry brie bites for a treat that’s delicious and resourceful.

Brie has such a strong, aged cheese flavor, and tart cranberries are the perfect pairing. This appetizer has a refined taste for mature palettes.

It’s the perfect companion to a fancy soiree!

27. Cheerios Snack Mix

This is the appetizer for those who can not make up their mind! Mix some Cheerios with a variety of other crunchy munchies and create a snack mix.

Top it all off with a savory spice blend, and you’ll have a crunchy snack everyone will enjoy!

27 Best New Year’s Appetizers

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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