When it comes to party food, it’s hard to find anything more appropriate than finger food. That way you can skip the whole sit-down dinner thing and your guests can just browse as they feel like it. It also doesn’t matter what you’re thinking when it comes to New Year’s Eve party theme ideas, because there’ll be finger food that goes with it. Read on for 75 New Year’s recipes.
1. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheel
Here’s a no-bake recipe that will keep your guests coming back for more. Even better, it all comes together with just 5 ingredients. Besides, what’s not to love about the combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch dressing.
2. Meatball Sliders
In my humble opinion, sliders are the ultimate finger food. Tiny little wannabe burgers that can be devoured in two bites? Sign me up! This recipe calls for meatballs and plenty of cheese for an Italian influence on the humble slider.
3. Charcuterie Board
The great thing about charcuterie boards is that they are endlessly customizable. You can make them as fancy as you want with high-end cheeses, cured meats, olives, figs, tapenades, you name it. Or you can go the other route and chop up some vegetables and serve them with a dipping sauce or hummus and some nice bread.
4. Chicken, Cranberry, And Brie Mini Tarts
These mini tarts put the flavors of the season into one bite. The combination of puff pastry and brie is good enough to get anyone salivating. Add chicken and cranberries and you may have just found your new favorite holiday snack.
5. Breakfast Bites
For those breakfast lovers, this is the perfect finger food no matter what time of day it is. Wrap a mini sausage, a little scrambled egg, and some cheese in a cresent roll and bake.
6. Chicken Wings
I mean, need I say more? Chicken wings are the ultimate party food, especially later on in the evening. Try cooking them in a slow cooker with a honey pineapple sauce for the best finger food to serve at your New Year’s Eve party.
7. Jalapeno Cheese Balls
These spicy, cheesy delights come together quickly when you need some more snacks ASAP. All the cheese lovers at your party will swarm around this dish. Luckily they come together so quickly because you might have to whip up a few more batches throughout the night.
8. Fried Tortellini
While we’re on the topic of balls of cheese, why not try some cheese-stuffed fried tortellini this year? Crunchy pasta filled with cheese and dipped in a marinara sauce is sure to keep everyone happy.
9. Buttermilk Batter Onion Rings
This onion ring recipe calls for buttermilk pancake batter to coat the onions. Cornbread mix adds crunch and texture and buttermilk adds a subtle tang you don’t get with other dairy. Pair with some wasabi-garlic mayo for a creamy, spicy dipping sauce.
10. Baked Zucchini Sticks
Finger foods tend to have a reputation for being unhealthy, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Slice up some zucchini, coat them in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese and bake until ready. Does that sound delicious or what?
11. S’Mores Dip
Now here’s a finger food dessert that comes together in about 10 minutes and is bound to be a crowd favorite. Melt chocolate chips with some milk in a saucer on the stove. Once melted, transfer to a pie dish, top with marshmallows, and broil in the oven until brown. Serve with Graham Crackers as the vessel for this delectable dish.
12. Mini Apple Pies
How about some mini apple pies for a New Years Eve dessert that you can whip up in about 30 minutes? The only difference between this and regular apple pie is that the pastry here is crescent roll pastry, which results in small little pies.
13. Champagne Jello Shots
Jello shots don’t have to be reserved for college parties. Elevate your jello shot game with this sophisticated take on a party classic. The jello itself is made with champagne. Add a couple of blueberries to each shot and sprinkle with gold sanding dust and voila!
14. Cocktail Sausages
What could be easier than throwing a bunch of cocktail sausages into the oven? To take this simple dish up a notch, try cooking them in a slow cooker grape jelly, honey barbecue sauce, and sriracha.
15. Cocktail Sausages Wrapped In Bacon
While we’re on the topic of cocktail sausages, did you know that wrapping anything in bacon makes it delicious? It’s true, especially when you’re wrapping cocktail sausages. To go a step further, roll them in brown sugar before roasting.
If you’re looking for some party food inspired by India, samosas are the go-to. Grocery stores that have a large asian food section might have frozen samosas that you can cook at home. Alternatively, find an Indian restaurant in your area and order a whole bunch of samosas.
This simple dish with a fancy name scores high on the I-want-to-eat-the-whole-platter scale. Toasted Italian bread drenched in olive oil and served with garlic and tomatoes is as good as it sounds. You can customize the toppings too. Try goat cheese and roasted cherries.
18. Coconut Shrimp
The coconut batter on the shrimp adds a crunchy texture full of tropical coconut flavors. Add a few dipping sauces (sweet chili is my favorite) and you’ve got a New Years Eve party food that won’t last long.
19. Slow-Cooked Ribs
The great thing about slow-cooked ribs is that you can do most of the work way ahead of time. If you time it correctly, you could reveal your perfectly cooked, fall-off-the-bone ribs just as the party is gaining momentum. Nothing like some surprise snacks to kick your party into high gear.
This humble Mexican dish has been delighting people for ages. So it’s a no-brainer if you want to delight your party guests. Make sure you have cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa. Any other toppings are a bonus! Try cutting your quesadillas into smaller triangles for a better finger food experience.
21. Marinated Chicken Kebabs
The first step is to marinate the chicken in an easy marinade of fish sauce, lime juice, sugar, garlic, and Sriracha. Then skewer your chicken and selected vegetables and throw them in the oven until cooked. Easy and delicious.
22. Chicken Caesar Salad Pinwheel
Salads aren’t really finger food. Unless you wrap them in a tortilla and slice them into pinwheels. Whip up your favorite caesar salad recipe, roll up in a tortilla, slice them into bite-sized pieces and skewer with a toothpick for a healthier finger food option.
23. Salad On A Stick
Remember how I said salad isn’t finger food? Well, turns it can be if you use your imagination. Like this roasted beet, goat cheese, arugula, and walnut salad on a stick. Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette for a New Year’s Eve snack the herbivores will love.
24. Mini Chicken And Waffles
Like normal chicken and waffles, but bite-sized. This recipe calls for frozen chicken bites and frozen mini waffles. Cook the chicken according to the instructions on the packaging and do the same with the waffles. Drizzle with maple syrup and skewer with a toothpick.
25. Pesto Tortellini Skewers
The most difficult part of this dish is making the tortellini. So if you can boil water, you can make this recipe. Add pesto to the tortellini once cooked and skewer with sun dried tomatoes to finish off.