Growing up, we usually made our annual New Year's Eve gathering a whole appetizer spread, bringing out platter after platter as the clock drew closer to midnight. Now, I firmly believe ringing in the New Year requires plenty of two-bite hors d'oeuvres that feel fancy and festive. If you feel the same, here are 10 easy appetizers that definitely fit the bill.
A simple bag of potato chips becomes the ultimate fast and fancy appetizer when the chips are topped with a bit of smoked salmon, a dollop of tangy créme fraîche, and a sprinkling of chives and lemon zest.
Store-bought puff pastry is the secret to these irresistible garlicky bites. It's wise to make two batches and keep extra in the freezer in case a few additional guests decide to drop by.
Toss some pitted olives, jarred roasted red peppers, anchovies, garlic, and fresh oregano in a food processor and with just a few blitzes, you have the ultimate crostini topper on your hands.
Bacon-wrapped anything always goes over well, but these dates might just take the prize. While we love the textural crunch the almond adds to the situation, swapping it in for a soft cheese like goat or blue would also be awesome.
An appetizer that's hard to pronounce must be hard to make, right? These French cheese puffs actually couldn't be more simple to assemble and are sure to solicit a lot of oohs and aahs.
These one-bite stars, sprinkled with smoked paprika and flaky sea salt, are fast, fancy, and fun, which makes them especially fitting for something as celebratory as New Year's Eve.
While this recipe calls for both cold and hot smoked salmon, we guarantee the splurge is worth it. Serve the rillettes at room temperature with crackers and pickles and squirrel away any leftovers to enjoy spread on a crusty baguette for a solo lunch another day.
8. Clams Casino
Using frozen clams for this recipe not only makes it more wallet-friendly, but it also makes for easier shucking. After that, it's simply a matter of making the breadcrumb mixture and throwing the stuffed clams under the broiler.
These no-cook bites are seriously as simple as the recipe title entails. Stuff a wedge of Parm and a rolled-up piece of salami inside each of the tangy peppers and watch them disappear.
Warm dip is always a crowd-pleaser, but this one is sure to especially be well-received. Simply mix ricotta with lemon juice and zest, minced garlic, and chopped chives, bake it until bubbling, and grab all the crackers.