If your ideal New Year’s celebration involves an opulent spread of finger food, then you’ve come to the right place. Our best New Year’s Eve appetizers range from easy-to-assemble bites (like 10-minute marinated manchego) to more substantive snacks that’ll keep stomachs full well into the midnight hours (we’re looking at you, Juicy Lucys).
These New Year’s Eve appetizer ideas are built to handle late-night cravings. Skip the laborious dinner spread in favor of crowd-friendly grazing boards, topped with all the bits and bobs that’ll pair nicely with a couple glasses of bubbly. We’re talking about snappy marinated cucumbers that are so puckery-good you’ll forget they’re just, well, cucumbers. The sweet and spicy peanuts that your great-uncle Jeff would describe as, “dangerous.” And the flaky, buttery cheese twists that are ideal for double-dipping in muhammara, spinach artichoke dip, or nutty nam prik. Oh, and don’t forget the baked brie. Here are all our best appetizers for New Year’s Eve, because the real fireworks are going down in the kitchen this year.