10 easy appetizers

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!

1-Molasses Meatballs

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 turkey

molasses meatballs with onions

Molasses Meatballs Recipe

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Molasses meatballs are so easy to prepare with prepared meatballs and these pantry staples – Dijon mustard, molasses, ketchup and thyme

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 68 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


  1. Blend the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and add to the meatballs.
  2. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes until the sauce thickens and the meatballs are glazed.
  3. Top with sesame seeds and green onions (optional)  

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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.

ginger chicken kabobs

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.

spicy shrimp recipe

4- Molasses Shrimp

Rum, ginger, lime and molasses make up the tasty marinade for this simple molasses shrimp appetizer.

Molasses Shrimp

5-Cajun Shrimp

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.

Cajun shrimp

6- Molasses Soy Glazed Scallops

Sesame oil is the secret ingredient in this marinade for molasses soy glazed scallops

molasses 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.

Teriyaki salmon

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.

sweet and spicy roasted cauliflower

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.

Molasses salmon

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.

Maple Molasses Candied Pecans are the perfect hostess gift and an easy snack for guests.


  • January 4, 2018

    Charmaine Bergman

    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

  • December 28, 2017

    Gary Moore

    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

    • January 2, 2018

      Lynn Purdy

      Gary, Thank you for the kind words. I do hope that you enjoyed the shrimp, scallops and the nuts. Happy New Year.

  • December 27, 2017


    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.

    • December 27, 2017

      Crosby Molasses

      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.

    • December 29, 2022

      Barbara Kent

      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!

  • January 5, 2017

    margarita mckenzie

    I like these simple recipes.

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