When throwing a New Year’s Eve party, we always want to make it unforgettable, and while there are many elements to a grand event, food and drink are definitely two of them. But no need to worry, you don’t have to be a chef to be able to make these delicious recipes without exhausting your budget or stressing about them all week. Remember that taking shortcuts and getting store-bought helpers does not mean you’ll have to sacrifice presentation or flavor. These recipes are all you need to be the hostest with the mostest:
Martha Stewart's Mini Croque Monsieurs: These Parisian comfort food classics are not only super easy to make but are also cute canapé versions which will satisfy your guests no doubt. You can even cut them like stars if you're feeling crafty. Check them out!
Country Living’s Pigs in a Blanket: This finger-food classic is almost a must-have in any holiday party. They’re satisfying and comforting for cold winter days, not to mention delicious!
Comida Kraft’s Bacon, Poblano and Cheese Empanadas: Don’t get scared with the thought of baking empanadas. This is another case where you can use simple shortcuts for the most scrumptious results. Buy the dough and make the quick filling, voila!
Simply Recipe’s Perfect Guacamole: You can’t go wrong with guacamole, and while there are many versions out there, the simpler the guacamole, the better the guacamole. Traditional guac really only has avocado, onion, tomato, Serrano chile, salt and a splash of lime. Serve with corn tortilla chips, of course!
Country Living’s Lemon Goat-Cheese Dip: This appetizer is easy to make, easy to serve and very easy to enjoy. Wow your guests with this Mediterranean zesty dip and forget about the stress! Try it here.
Cook Almost Anything's Potato Corn and Chorizo Croquettes: These flavorful and fluffy bites will wow your guests and put the Latino twist in your appetizers round. They can also be made ahead of time and served warm. Scrumptious!
Chef Rick Bayless’ ‘Queso Fundido Al Tequila’: Two of our favorite products in one; tequila and queso! Mexican-food passionate, Bayless mixes cheese with cilantro, tomato, jalapeño, onion and tequila to make an exquisite dip to enjoy with a little more tequila on the side (optional). For a kid friendly recipe skip the tequila. Serve with corn chips. Try it out!
Martha Stewart’s Fried Mozzarella Balls: It’s one of those recipes you can definitely cut short with store-bought mozzarella balls (or sticks cut into pieces), pre-made breading mixture and marinara sauce for dipping. They don’t get much easier or more delicious than this!
Comida Kraft’s Coconut Shrimp: This tropical idea is not only crunchy and delicious, it’s supposed to come with a sweet and spicy sauce for dipping! Beware; it might be the most popular appetizer of the party.
Serious Eats ‘Potato-Chorizo Sopes With Avocado Crema’: Sopes are the ultimate finger food, and if you make tiny versions of them, this variation will be just perfect to pass around at your gathering. Recipe here.
Taste of Home’s New Year’s Eve Cupcakes: Who could forget about dessert? Not us. These are the cutest, most festive idea and the best part is they can me made ahead of time so when the party starts you can just sit back and enjoy these treats!