10 Easy Appetizers for New Year’s Eve
Our go-to recipes for easy entertaining…
Whether you’re hosting a crowd at your house this year, or heading off to a potluck-style celebration, having a stash of easy and delicious appetizer recipes can only add to the fun. And if you’re making a meal of nibbles you want food that will fill you up in a satisfying kind of way (something no amount of cheese and crackers will ever do).
Of course, balance and variety are essential to any good party spread. Round out your selection of dips and crudités with a few of these 10 easy appetizers for your New Year’s Eve celebration. They just might become your go-to recipes for easy entertaining…
Most of the recipes below are adaptable, making it easy to substitute chicken, beef or pork for the salmon or shrimp.
Wishing you a New Year filled with happiness and many good times around the table!
Meatballs are most kids all-time favourite party treat. This recipe for molasses meatballs is extra easy because you can start with store-bought meatballs and dress them up with this flavourful sauce.
Tip: Try this recipe with ground turkeyPrint
Molasses Meatballs Recipe
Molasses meatballs are so easy to prepare with prepared meatballs and these pantry staples – Dijon mustard, molasses, ketchup and thyme
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 6–8 serving(s) 1x
- Category: Entrees and sides
- 3 Tbsp. cider vinegar
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ¼ tsp. thyme
- 1/4 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
- 3 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 dozen cooked meatballs
- Blend the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and add to the meatballs.
- Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are glazed.
- Top with sesame seeds and green onions (optional)
2-Ginger Chicken Kabobs
Another favourite with kids, is the delicious marinade for these ginger chicken kabobs can also be used for pork or tofu.
Tip: The peanut dipping sauce that goes with this recipe is great for vegetables too.
3- Spicy Shrimp Recipe
Shrimp is one of the simplest foods to eat with your fingers. This spicy shrimp recipe with its avocado dipping sauce tastes fresh and original.
4- Molasses Shrimp
Rum, ginger, lime and molasses make up the tasty marinade for this simple molasses shrimp appetizer.
An old favourite of ours is this recipe for Cajun shrimp is perfectly adaptable to the New Year’s party buffet as an easy finger food.
Tip: This marinade can be used with chicken (cut into cubes or strips) and even cauliflower.
6- Molasses Soy Glazed Scallops
Sesame oil is the secret ingredient in this marinade for molasses soy glazed scallops
7- Teriyaki Salmon
Another family supper staple, teriyaki salmon , is easily adapted into party food that is extra easy to eat because it’s served on a stick.
Tip: Marinade can be used for other meats and tofu.
8- Spice Roasted Cauliflower
This spice roasted cauliflower recipe was inspired by a cauliflower appetizer recipe we found in a Food & Wine magazine years ago. Cook until crisp-tender for easier eating with your fingers.
9- Molasses Salmon Skewers
The marinade for these molasses salmon skewers features crushed coriander seeds for a bright flavour.
Tip: Try this marinade with thinly sliced beef.
10- Maple Molasses Candied Pecans
Spiced nuts are always a handy snack to have around. These maple molasses candied pecans satisfy the craving for sweet but offer a little more substance than candies and chocolate. Try the recipe with walnuts too.
Hiya, I love it when I can move it to my Pinterest file. Don’t seem to be able to that with this today. So, will save the link. Great and easy…for anytime of the year. We sometimes do apps for a light supper
Merry Xmas to you too and have a wonderful time ringing in the New Year. Thank you for the cookbook you sent in mail, its excellent and thank you for all the recipes on your blog. I can smell them already, first the shrimp,then scallops and finish with the nuts,Ill let you know the results
Gary, Thank you for the kind words. I do hope that you enjoyed the shrimp, scallops and the nuts. Happy New Year.
It would be nice to see more options that didn’t include seafood as I am allergic. The one I could eat look really good though.
Hi Joyce, The salmon recipes work with chicken and pork. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll update the blog post so others will know too.
Really would like to be able to save your recipes to Pinterest! I’d prefer to save a tree and not print them. But please know you have GREAT re pies and keep them coming!
I like these simple recipes.