Decadent and Easy New Year's Eve Appetizers

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Stuffed mushrooms on a rough wooden surface

Snacks for the Countdown

You're the one hosting this year, aren't you? If so, it's time to start getting the menu together. (Or maybe you're a guest and need to throw something together to bring at the last minute.) If you're anything like me after holiday shopping, you're spent, literally and figuratively. Here are some recipes on the cheaper side for New Year's Eve appetizers and snacks, sure to be a hit with any guests you've got on the way.

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French Onion Soup with a Herb Gouda French Bread
Tomato and Cream Cheese Canapes

Baked Goat Cheese Marinara Dip

Goat cheese is heaven. Marinara is heaven. Combine them, you've got double heaven on your hands. Make sure you've got some crusty bread for dipping.

Recipe: PureWow

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fried ravioli
fried ravioli by Timothy Boyd (CC BY)

Fried Ravioli

Unleash your inner St. Louis and fry up some raviolis for the crew. For an impressive one-two-punch, pair them with that baked goat cheese marinara dip.

Recipe: The Spruce Eats

deviled crab
deviled crab by Andrea Nguyen (CC BY)

Baked Deviled Crab

Get the Lowcountry flavors going with these beautiful morsels, which are essentially bite-sized crispy crab cakes.

Recipe: Country Living

Stuffed mushrooms on a rough wooden surface

Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms

Air fryers really are magic. Stuffed mushrooms are already a personal favorite, and I can only assume that air fryer crispiness takes this variation to a special place.

Recipe: Food Network

Triangular sandwiches with summer mushrooms cooked with cream and herbs served with olives.
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Polenta Crostini

Food Network darling Michael Chiarello is behind this recipe, which takes some time in the fridge over night, but won't destroy your wallet too badly.

Recipe: Food Network

Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates
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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

As somebody who doesn't even like dates but still can't resist a bacon-wrapped date, these things are very hard to pass up. Greasy bacon and caramely sweetness is a winning combo every time.

Recipe: The Pioneer Woman

cheese dip

Beer Cheese Dip

The classic tavern pub dip makes for an excellent addition to any table full of New Year's Eve appetizers. Don't be afraid to toss a little horseradish in there, too.

Recipe: Tidy Mom

Fried Olives
Fried Olives by Gourmandise (CC BY-NC-ND)

Fried Blue Cheese-Stuffed Olives

This is a classic make-more-than-you-think-you'll-need situation, because these things are gonna go fast. They're basically Pringles; once you pop, the fun don't stop.

Recipe: Savory Experiments

potato chips

Old Bay Chips with Lemon Mayo

Sometimes it's the simple stuff that hits the hardest. Fry up some homemade chips, dust 'em in Old Bay, and dip 'em in lemon mayo. Happy 2023.

Recipe: Bon Appetit


Tangy Tomato Chile Popcorn

You may have already planned on grabbing one of those enormous flavored popcorn tins — and you wouldn't be wrong to do so — but here we have another attractive popcorn option. Tomato powder and cayenne are the popcorn seasonings you didn't know you need.

Recipe: Bon Appetit

chocolate fondue with various fruits - easy and delicious dessert

Chocolate Fondue

Laying out a bunch of chocolate fondue at your end-of-the-year party really sets quite a vibe. This recipe lets you get away with silky fondue without use of an actual fondue machine.

Recipe: Chocolate Fondue