New Year's Eve Recipes

Raise a glass to your easiest New Year's party yet! Dazzle your dinner guests with a holiday spread of elegant appetizers, crowd-pleasing dips, "glitter" ball cookies, fizzy Champagne cocktails, and more.

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam

Rating: 3.47 stars
Spread this savory bacon jam on bread for a holiday appetizer and send your guests home with a jar.

Sausage-Cheddar Balls

Rating: 3.34 stars
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a very flavorful holiday appetizer, enough for a crowd of hungry folks.

Sorbet Spritzers

Toasting to happy endings and new beginnings is what New Year's Eve gatherings are all about. This drink-meets-dessert idea captures that sentiment, and to say it's a cinch is an understatement. Simply pour dry sparkling white wine into glasses filled with a scoop of fruity sorbet. As it melts, it will make your glass, your night, and possibly your whole next year just a little sweeter.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Rating: 3.45 stars
Chickpeas, once roasted, take on the flavor and texture of nuts, making them a fun snack with drinks. Prepare the simple appetizer in under 15 minutes for any holiday cocktail party.

Shucked Oysters with Three Sauces

This crowd-pleasing approach to serving oysters has a little something for everyone: a classic mignonette, a spicy variation with jalapeno, and a zippy fresh horseradish sauce. Shucking your own oysters at home for the first time? Take a look at our comprehensive guide before you buy.

Ginger Red-Wine Spritzer

To get the party started, stir or shake up a round of these festive drinks.

Black-Currant Cosmopolitan

Made with black-currant puree and fresh lime juice, this bracing cocktail is a fresh twist on a cosmopolitan.

Silver-Tequila Martini

To chill a martini glass, fill it with ice, then cold water. Let it stand 5 minutes, then drain.

Fried Mozzarella

No guest will be able to resist this bite-size ball of gooey goodness.

Spanish Chorizo Balls

A tasty Spanish twist on the classic Swedish meatballs, these half-pork, half-chorizo meatballs are rich and tasty at room temp, or you can serve them hot in a fondue pot. Either way, you're going to want to serve them alongside plenty of crusty bread to sop up all of the delicious citrus-spiked tomato gravy.

Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese Crostini

Rating: 3.6 stars
A good-quality jarred tapenade -- a salty olive paste -- makes these hors d'oeuvres a breeze to put together.

Cranberry Martini

Give your cocktail list a holiday twist with our Cranberry Martini.

Inspiration and Ideas

Cucumber Cups with Vichyssoise

Rating: 3.54 stars

Vichyssoise is a classic French potato-and-leek soup. Hollowed-out cucumber cups hold just enough of the creamy puree for everyone to have a taste.