Easy New Year's Eve Appetizers to Please Vegans and Meat-Eaters

The annual tradition of ringing in the New Year with a night out on the town will always have its appeal, but forgoing the traffic and crowds for a more private affair is never a bad idea. You can actually socialize with guests without shouting over loud music, you don't have to fight for a reservation at a flashy restaurant, and there's no mad dash to find a ride home after the clock strikes midnight. Remind me again why I ever go out?

Whether you're playing host or attending a gathering at a friend's place, the first course is the key to keeping hungry party guests happy, which means you'll want to throw together a few easy New Year's Eve appetizers that look as good as they taste. No matter the dietary restrictions of your guests, there's a wide variety of appetizers that you can make with minimal time and effort spent in the kitchen (even though they'll taste like you spent the whole day making them).

Ahead, we've rounded up the best vegan, vegetarian, and meat eater–approved recipes we could find to help you wow any guests. Give these easy New Year's Eve appetizers a try for a delicious evening in.


Mini Crispy Eggplant Pizzas
Minimalist Baker

Whip up a batch of mini crispy eggplant pizzas to satisfy your guests' cravings for something savory and flavorful. They're basically tiny, healthy pizzas meant for sharing, and the best part is you'll only need 10 simple ingredients. Oh, and did we mention they're also gluten-free?

Serves: 16

Total Time: 45 minutes

Avocado Tartare
The First Mess

A play on the traditionally meat-oriented tartare, this vegan avocado tartare is sure to impress and delight. Simply combine a mixture of onions, capers, basil, mustard, sherry vinegar, tamari soy sauce, and avocado to make the tartare; then serve with crackers and a roasted beet medley.

Serves: 5

Total Time: 1 hour

Salt & Wind

Perhaps the easiest appetizer of them all, a quick guacamole really never disappoints and is the perfect party food. This recipe calls for avocados, lime, jalapeño chile, and a pinch of salt. That's all you need to create a delicious dip made for sharing.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 5 minutes

Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta
The Modern Proper

Make a batch of this easy tomato and avocado bruschetta for an elevated finger food. Fresh tomatoes, avocados, basil, and just the right amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar are pretty much all you need to bring this quick side or appetizer together. Get your bread perfectly brown in the oven before topping with the healthy vegetable mixture.

Serves: 8

Total Time: 15 minutes

Papaya Salad Rolls
The Modern Proper

Rather than serving a salad at the beginning of a meal, allow your guests to mix and mingle while snacking on these handy papaya salad rolls. The rolls are filled with mint and cilantro leaves, papaya, bell peppers, shallots, and roasted peanuts. Whip up a quick dip with Thai green chilis, garlic, lime, tamari soy sauce, maple syrup, and grapeseed oil for an unexpected, but delicious vegan appetizer.

Serves: 30

Total Time: 1 hour

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Baked Brie Fondue
The Butter Half

What party is complete without a bit of brie? Prepare this baked brie fondue with roasted figs and honey to bring beautiful flavors together and win major presentation points. Although it looks gourmet, it's actually quite simple to make (and takes just 15 minutes to prep). Roast halved figs in the oven while you prep a wheel of brie with honey; then top the baked brie with figs and a touch more honey to serve with crackers.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 50 minutes

Asparagus Fries
Hello Veggie

A batch of crispy asparagus fries is a fun way to serve veggies that goes beyond a simple vegetable platter. This recipe calls for asparagus, Parmesan, and gluten-free panko breadcrumbs to get the vegetable just crispy enough to make you forget it's healthy. Then you'll also make a lemon dill dipping sauce with nonfat Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and dill.

Serves: 5

Total Time: 30 minutes

Asiago Cheese Dip
Spoon Fork Bacon

No New Year's Eve party should be without a good dip. Try your hand at this black pepper and lemon asiago dip that can be served with simple chips or veggies. All you need is asiago, pecorino Romano, sour cream, thyme, garlic, lemon, salt, and pepper. Blend it together in a food processor and stick it in the fridge until it's time to dig in.

Serves: 5

Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes 

Herbed Spinach and Artichoke Pull Apart Pretzel Bread
Half Baked Harvest

A game changer for bread and cheese lovers alike, this herbed spinach and artichoke pull-apart pretzel bread will be the talk of any holiday soirée. It's packed with cheesy spinach and artichoke dip wrapped up in a homemade pretzel dough that's a cinch to make.

Serves: 10

Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Persimmon Burrata Caprese Salad
Salt & Wind

This persimmon burrata caprese salad will look gorgeous at a New Year's Eve gathering, but better than that, it's incredibly simple to make and tastes delightful to boot. Slice Fuyu persimmons into thin disks, and plate with burrata, pomegranate seeds, toasted hazelnuts, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Serves: 4

Total Time: 10 minutes


Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Pastries
Gimme Some Oven

With the help of some frozen puff pastries, you can have a batch of beautiful smoked salmon and cream cheese pastries ready in 20 minutes flat. You'll need thawed frozen puff pastry, cream cheese spread, smoked salmon, and your choice of toppings like fresh dill, chives, or capers.

Serves: 9

Total Time: 20 minutes

Pesto Mozzarella Chicken Sliders
Creme de la Crumb

For something a bit heartier, whip up a batch of pesto mozzarella chicken sliders. This recipe calls for just five ingredients: slider buns, shredded chicken, pesto, butter, and mozzarella cheese. Layer shredded chicken, pesto, and mozzarella slices on top of the bottom half of your slider buns in a baking sheet; then brush the tops with a pesto-and-butter mixture before baking to perfection.

Serves: 18

Total Time: 30 minutes

Baked Chicken Wings
The Modern Proper

An elevated, healthier version of the party favorite, these baked chicken wings are meant for serving to a crowd. They're made with a sweet-and-spicy Korean-style sauce, and are baked instead of being deep fried or grilled. As far as homemade chicken wings go, these are surprisingly quick and easy.

Serves: 8

Total Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes

Honey Beef Lettuce Wraps
Creme de la Crumb

Believe it or not, you can have a batch of these honey beef lettuce wraps ready to serve in just 20 minutes. Fill butter lettuce with a mixture of thin cut beef, mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts, and seasonings like hoisin sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger. They're just the thing to serve as an appetizer at a smaller get-together.

Serves: 8

Total Time: 20 minutes

Marinated Tomato and Grilled Veggie Cheese Board
Half Baked Harvest

No New Year's Eve party would be complete without an extravagant cheese board. This one calls for marinated tomatoes, grilled veggies, bread, burrata, and a variety of fruits. It looks gourmet but is seriously simple to put together. Just marinate and prep your veggies; then arrange on a large board with the rest of your meats and cheeses.

Serves: 8

Total Time: 25 minutes

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