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15 Sweet & Salty New Year's Appetizers Make Your Mouth Say PARTY!

by Adriana Velez on December 30, 2011 at 1:37 PM

guacamoleI don't know about you, but this year we're staying home for New Year's. After an early dinner at a neighborhood restaurant, we'll be heading back to our place, moving the furniture out of the way, and dancing the night away. This means we'll need fuel!

Time to dig out some of our favorite party appetizer recipes. I'm looking for quick, easy snacks -- but something a little more exciting than potato chips and onion dip. Something light that won't weigh us down. And maybe a few unexpected treats!

  1. Red Pepper Hummus With Toasted Pita Triangles. If you've never tried making hummus, it's pretty easy -- give it a whirl!
  2. Guacamole. Okay, it's "Super Bowl" guacamole, but this dip is a welcome guest all year 'round.
  3. Blue Cheese Bacon Dip. Balance out the richness by dipping with carrots and celery.
  4. Relish Tray. Here's how to do that tray of cut veggies all classy-like.
  5. Smoky Red Devil Eggs. A wicked take on the Southern classic.
  6. Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms. From Paula Deen.
  7. Panko Crusted Spinach Dip. Panko are Japanese bread crumbs that deliver the ultimate crunch. But if you can't find them at your grocery, any breadcrumbs will do.
  8. Chevre Devils. For you adventurous eaters, dates stuffed with goat cheese and topped with a pecan.
  9. Greek Salad Skewers. Tomato, cucumber, and feta cheese on a stick. Recipe includes an anchovy dressing, but bottled Italian dressing will also work.
  10. Hasty Hots. Like garlic bread but with green onions.
  11. Bruschetta. If you've never had these, they're kind of like mini-pizza on slices of baguette.
  12. Dried Fruit Cheese Ball. A little sweet, a little tangy.
  13. Pyllo Cups With Brie, Preserves, and Pecans. Another little bite with pecans -- and a secret ingredient from Ikea!
  14. Bon Appetit Party Mix. Everything crunchy together in a bowl.
  15. Chocolate Chip Coconut Bars. Something sweet? These are a variation on those "magic bars" everyone loves.


Are you hosting this New Year's Eve? Just having a quiet little party with the family?


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Filed Under: adult parties, entertaining, holiday entertaining, new years, party food, recipes


  • frysh...


    December 30, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Yum I would like to have all of these! We will be having a small party at ou rhouse

  • mille...


    December 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    all these sound yummy!!!

  • JHanc968


    December 31, 2011 at 9:43 PM


  • jessi...


    January 27, 2012 at 9:45 PM


  • elasmimi


    February 22, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Stayed at home, and pigged out. You left out my favorite and easiest appetizer. A block of cream cheese, topped with hot pepper jelly and served with crackers.

  • elasmimi


    March 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    these all sound good, though.

  • Mrs.P...


    March 10, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    We just had my DH and 2 of our kids home with us on New Years and most of us were in bed by 9 that night.  

  • MamaM...


    March 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    Hubby worked so it was just the kids and I.
  • dusky...


    March 10, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    *DROOL* We usually have a quiet New Years at home.

  • Bmat


    March 10, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    The dried fruit cheese ball really appeals.

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