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You don’t have to travel to Louisiana to enjoy an authentic crab boil for your New Year’s Eve snacks. You might not have to travel any further than your kitchen. Embrace the Cajun flavors and step outside your comfort zone this season. Also, props to this sound for being #onbrand.
Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Balls
Do you ever read an appetizer’s name and love every single word? Bacon? Check. Jalapeños? Double-check. Cheese balls? An infinite number of checks. We’re starting to think cheese makes everything better.
Okay, if you’ve ever been to a carnival or eaten from a food truck, you’re most likely familiar with the walking taco. But in case you’re not, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The chips in the bag are a substitute for a shell, and it’s full of the contents of a taco. No plate is needed.
Nuts and Bolts
Kid-friendly New Year’s Eve finger foods are important too! Mix together average pantry items, give the dish a cool name, and voilà: You have a snack that children will love and adults can enjoy too.
Chicken tenders do not need further explanation. But, we will point out that this recipe includes peanut butter, so beware if you or a guest is allergic.
Again with giving an app a fun name! You might not think that lollipops and vegetables go together, but that’s where you’d be wrong.
Roasted Red Peppers
We need to balance out all that cheese somehow. An all-veggie dish is the perfect palate cleanser between the richer holiday appetizers.
More vegetables! Brussels sprouts have been the MVP in the veggie world lately, but let’s not forget about good ole broccoli. Enjoy this crispy (and okay, cheesy) recipe.
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
If cheese is the most common ingredient on this list, then bacon is its sidekick. You can wrap just about anything in bacon: cheese, chicken, the aforementioned brussels sprouts…anything. So, why not water chestnuts in NYE appetizers?
Pear, Bacon, and Cheese Bites
Bacon and cheese yet again. We didn’t plan this (promise). But, this time there’s fruit involved. So, it’s basically a fruit salad…if bacon and cheese went in a fruit salad.
Now, we would say that all of this bacon is getting excessive, but it tastes so good, so we won’t. You can obviously make jalapeño poppers the traditional way without bacon. But it’s NYE, so you might as well spice it up.
Deviled eggs can do no wrong, and they’re a good option for gluten-free appetizers for New Year’s Eve. You only need to boil the eggs—the rest of the ingredients don’t require an oven or stovetop. Super easy!
We’re not usually superstitious, but eating something with “funeral” in the title seems ill-advised. Wait, there are hash browns, cheese, and crumbled crackers? Okay, we might be willing to make an exception.
Pizza Crescent Rolls
Crescent rolls are so versatile. You can use them for desserts, appetizers, or as a buttery addition to your dinner party. Making homemade pizza is popular (for good reason!), so cut down on the prep time by using these rolls instead as a pre-dinner snack.
This isn’t normal charcuterie—this is cool charcuterie. Wings, chicken sliders, pigs in a blanket, chicken nuggets…you get the idea. The creator admits that he and his family put the least healthy appetizers on one board to eat. Sounds like our kind of family bonding.
Who says lobster rolls are only for the summertime? Of course, depending on where you live, it could be warm for NYE. In which case, this might be the norm. For everyone else, don’t limit your food choices to a particular season. Eat the lobster roll!
Black-Eyed Peas Queso Dip
This is the last cheese recipe—promise. Black-eyed peas are thought to bring good luck in the new year, and the creator just added some cheese. Considering the past two years, good vibes couldn’t hurt!
Save your coins and make your favorite sushi roll at home this year. This veggie recipe is sure to be a hit with your guests.