20 Elegantly Easy New Year’s Eve Appetizers

December 14, 2020 (Last Updated: January 10, 2021)

These elegantly easy New Year’s Eve appetizers are elevated and impressive, but won’t take all day to prepare! Enough crispy, crunchy, sweet and savory canapés, crostini, croquets, pâté and eye-catching delights for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans too! You’ll have such an easy time mixing and matching these beautiful hors d’oeuvres for your glittering New Year’s affair.

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I love New Year’s Eve parties! I love having an excuse to dress up fancy and serve extra special treats to my friends!

I certainly love casual cheese plate & crudités evenings with friends, and throwing together a quick back yard barbecue too. But nothing makes me happier than getting fancy, serving elegant cocktails and covering the evening with glitter!

Help yourself to these gorgeous, festive appetizers! You have my word that each and every one pairs perfectly with champagne and disco balls!

1. Adorable Deviled Quail Eggs

6 deviled quail eggs garnished with flake salt on a marble table with baby's breath flowers in the corners.

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These deviled quail eggs are so simple, adorable and incredibly tasty! Your teeny, tiny little eggs can be served all on their own, or used to garnish luxurious salads and larger appetizers! They take just 17 minutes in the pot, 10 minutes to peel and 10 minutes to mix your filling and serve. You can also make them a whole day ahead of time!


2. Mini Bacon and Onion Pasties

A metal tray of small pasties beside a spoon with sauce.

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These simple-to-prepare mini bacon and onion pasties are great to make in advance and so simple to prepare. Caramelized onions and bacon is wrapped in flaky puff pastry.


3. Skirt Steak Appetizers with Concord Grape Reduction

These fancy skirt steak appetizers include a concord grape reduction, a creamy Florette cheese and teeny, tiny, enchanting champagne grapes on top! A whimsical canapé for an extra elegant affair that takes just 30 minutes to make!


4. Beef Crostini with Mascarpone Sauce

5 crostini on a marble plate with dots of mascarpone sauce.

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Beef crostini are a huge hit! They’re made with slices of juicy beef tenderloin topped with mascarpone sauce and served on a crunchy piece of toast.


5. Beet Napoleon Appetizers with Prosciutto Roses

6 beet napoleons, with prosciutto roses on top, garnished with cilantro leaves on a plate.

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No, they’re not red velvet, they’re beautiful beet napoleon appetizers with chive cream cheese and tiny prosciutto roses on top! With only 4 simple ingredients and a tiny cookie cutter, you can make these delicious, charming, bite-size appetizers for your elegant party!


6. Baked Figs with Goat Cheese

6 goat cheese-stuffed figs in a small bowl being drizzled with honey.

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Easy, 15-minute baked figs with goat cheese, walnuts, honey and sage! They’re incredibly delicious and pretty, which makes them a party pleaser and a nice accompaniment for wine.


7. Vegan Mushroom Pâté with Roasted Garlic

A bowl of vegan mushroom pâté surrounded by crackers and a few flowers.

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This vegan mushroom pâté with creamy roasted garlic and caramelized onion is amazing on its own, or on top of the prettiest, tastiest appetizers at your elegant veggie-friendly party! A gluten-free recipe that’s totally vegan and so easy to make!


8. Salmon Blinis

12 differently garnished salmon blinis on a marble board.

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These salmon blinis are flavorful and sophisticated, yet so incredibly easy to make! These colorful salmon blinis make the perfect starter for Christmas dinner.


9. Blistered Shishito Peppers with Soy Sauce, Sesame & Lime

Blistered shishito peppers on a slate with a lime slice.

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This blistered shishito pepper recipe is the easiest and tastiest crowd-pleasing appetizer for any occasion! With only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you’ll be amazed just how exciting these little peppers can be! They can even be made gluten-free!


10. Caponata alla Siciliana

4 caponata crostini on a wooden board, in front of a bowl of caponata.

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Caponata alla Siciliana is a traditional, vegan Italian eggplant stew from Sicily. Made from eggplant (aubergine), tomatoes, capers and olives, it’s a Mediterranean appetizer that pairs beautifully with red wine.


11. Crispy, Baked Cauliflower Cakes with Roasted Garlic Sour Cream & Marinara

6 cauliflower appetizers, topped with cream, tomato sauce and a leaf of parsley on a wooden tray.

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These mini, baked cauliflower cakes with roasted garlic sour cream and marinara sauce are crispy, shockingly delicious and (especially) shocking low carb! They’re perfect appetizers for your fanciest, carb-conscious cocktail party guests.


12. Goat’s Cheese Croquettes

9 goat cheese croquettes on a plate.

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These delightful Goat’s Cheese croquets are creamy, tangy and earthy with beetroot wrapped in a crispy breadcrumb and drizzled with a sweet, spicy maple chive dressing!


13. The Pesto Scallop Amuse Bouche

A small shell on a plate containing 3 small scallops, pesto cream and mustard caviar.

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This elegant pesto scallop amuse bouche includes 3 perfectly seared scallops, a simple pesto cream sauce and balsamic mustard caviar that’s so much fun (and easy) to make!


14. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

6 bacon-wrapped chestnuts on a slate beside a scallion sauce.

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Everyone goes NUTS over this easy appetizer. Whole water chestnuts are wrapped in bacon and marinated in a sweet/savory sauce. Such a perfect recipe for elegant cocktail parties.


15. Delicious Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus with Goat Cheese

A pile of prosciutto wrapped in asparagus on a dark slate.

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This delicious prosciutto wrapped asparagus with goat cheese is such an elegant party appetizer for any occasion. Try your best not to eat them all before your guests arrive!


16. Antipasti Crostini

3 antipasti appetizers with cheese, olives, meat and rosemary on a plate.

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Antipasti Crostini are a twist on the classic Italian appetizer! Pile up little toasts with salami, cheese, olives, and more for a beautiful and delicious finger food.


17. Turkey Meatballs with Pesto and Mozzarella

A sliced meatball on a plate with melted cheese inside, in front of 7 other meatballs.

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These incredible Italian turkey meatballs with pesto and mozzarella will become everyone’s favorite appetizer at the party! This recipe is so simple and SO delicious! With melted cheese centers and that fresh, Italian pesto flavor, these perfect little appetizers make such an enticing hors d’oeuvre. They’re also gluten-free!


18. Sweet Potato Rounds with Goat Cheese

3 sweet potato rounds, garnished with cheese, cranberries and crushed nuts.

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A perfect healthy appetizer that is both easy and tasty! Sweet potato rounds with goat cheese, dried cranberries and roasted walnuts, drizzled with honey and balsamic vinegar. 


19. Dill Chicken Salad Sliders with Puff Pastry Buns

Chicken salad sliders on a marble board surrounded by arugula.

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These precious dill chicken salad sliders are made with a delicious rotisserie chicken salad recipe and a very special surprise! The buns are made of crispy, flaky, buttery puff pastry that takes only 20 minutes to bake, so they’re not just sliders… They’re dill chicken salad “slider-puffs!”


20. Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears with Arugula
A hand reaching for 1 of 7 prosciutto-wrapped pears, garnished with pomegranate seeds on a plate.

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This is the perfect no-cook appetizer for your next holiday party or get-together! Prosciutto Pears with Arugula Salad are deliciously sweet AND savory – plus they’re Whole30, Paleo & Gluten Free!


And for even more inspiration, follow me on INSTAGRAM @shekeepsalovelyhome, on PINTEREST and FACEBOOK! And if you ever make any of my tasty drinks or treats, take a picture and tag me. I want to see!

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