Many of us are quite ready indeed to kiss 2016 goodbye. Let’s face it guys, we made it, and we still have friends; we should feast! To help celebrate your survival of 2016, here are 25 Delicious Recipes To Help Ring In The New Year. We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
Baked Ham & Cheese Rollups
Finger foods generally reign supreme at any New Year’s Eve gathering, and these are tasty and simple. What omnivore doesn’t like ham and cheese? But it’s very adult, because there’s mustard glaze with poppy seeds.
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Mini Cheese Ball Bites
Have you ever had a really delicious cheese ball and wished that it was socially acceptable to just each the cheese concoction with a spoon instead of crackers? Make these! The pretzel stick is truly just a delivery device for the bacon, pimento and cheese situation.
Curried Cauliflower Fritters
If you’d like to go a little bit out of the traditional box and make something delicious and also suitable for your non-meat eating friends, these are a tasty option. If you’re bringing them to a potluck, it’s very unlikely that a) anyone else will be bringing them or b) that you will have any left to take home.
Crispy Brussel Sprouts with a Garlic Aioli
There are two kinds of people in this world: people who love Brussel Sprouts, and people who are sad. Please the first kind of person by making these tasty bits o’ heaven. Make a double batch so you have leftovers for yourself.
Beef Satay Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Satay is grilled meat on a skewer. It’s also really tasty, and not nearly as difficult as one might think and takes a total of about 30 minutes to make, start to finish. This recipe is also low in sodium.
Mini S’Mores Tarts
If you want to make a “test” batch of these to devour before your party, just to, um, make sure they turn out okay, we’re not judging. All the sweet tasty glory of Smores, none of the second degree burns on the roof of your mouth from hot marshmallows.
Gluten Free Cheddar Hushpuppies
Hushpuppies supposedly got their name because they were thrown to yappy dogs during the Civil War to hush them up. No one knows for sure if that’s true or not, but what we do know for sure is that these are delicious, gluten free, and can be baked instead of fried if you wish. Also there’s cheese, which is always worth mentioning.
Glitter Dipper Fortune Cookie Party Favors
If you’d like to let your guests go with a favor to bring them luck (and sweetness!) in the new year, these are a beautiful and clever option that take very little time.
Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slice
Who said that eating vegan/raw can’t include tasty desserts? These are a good bet if you know someone has dietary restrictions as they’re egg and gluten free too, and if you’re used to cooking raw or vegan, you likely already have these ingredients hanging around your kitchen. Take a batch to share at a party, or cut them into small bites and insert a fancy sparkly toothpick.
No Bake Strawberry Champagne Cheesecake
Strawberries and Champagne are classic sweet flavors that go together, and cheesecake is delicious with everything, so why not combine the three? In bite size? And why would you wait for New Year’s Eve to do so? At parties, everyone remembers the cheesecake. Be that person, the person with the food everyone remembers fondly.
If these look delicious, wait until you see number 9!
Baked Turkey Meatballs with Guacamole
Ground Turkey and Avocado is one of those taste combinations that’s so darn amazing really more than the sum of it’s parts. To this end, we recommend making these for your end of year fête and introducing your friends and loved ones to the yumminess.
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Salted Caramel Iced Coffee Cocktail
Coffee can, and should, be a fancy cold cocktail. While there are many warm coffee options that contain spirts, this one is cold. It’s also fancy, and particularly lends itself to some sort of glittery sugar rim.
Pull Apart Loaf With Maple Bacon
This is one of those things that looks so very impressive but totally allows you to use pre-made puff pastry dough. Win! It’s just so fancy and… bacon-y.
Mint Chocolate Covered Almonds
Bring these and some good coffee to the party and you’ll be everyone’s favorite person. Ever. Four ingredients, a bowl, a spoon, a cookie sheet and a microwave, and you too can have minty magic almonds.
Cranberry Pecan Brie Bites
Cranberry and Brie is soooo tasty, and this piles those on naan bread with pecans and a bit of fresh thyme. You don’t *have* to wait for New Year’s to make these, thankfully.
Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish Sauce
For those that don’t know, Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional English food that’s somewhat like a bread and is usually served with gravy and roast beef. Since Gravy at a New Year’s Eve party could get messy, make these, which are savory, delicious, and have some substance to them.
Butterbeer Jelly Shots
If you prefer your parties with Jello Shots, no judgement. Here’s a clever and festive way to elevate them from your college days; plus, they are just as suitable for a Wizard Party as much as a New Year’s Eve party. There’s also a kid / DD friendly version you can make.
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites
Remember the buttery, happy mall pretzels of your youth? These are that good, AND you can make them at home with cheese sauce and impress your friends. Making Soft Pretzels is a valuable life skill to have.
Baked Coconut Shrimp
Coconut Shrimp is one of those things that the majority of people love to have once in awhile as a treat. But it’s generally a pain in the bum to make because frying things is generally a pain. These are baked! Serve with sweet and tangy strawberry chutney (or alone, because you ate the chutney with a spoon. Whatevs).
Bacon Wrapped Mini Sausages with Brown Sugar
These are exactly what they sound like: a delicious bite of some favorite vices that you should definitely not eat every day (but should definitely make for special occasions).
Vegan Pumpkin Basil Pinwheels
For your friends who are of the herbivorous persuasion, or for something lighter than, you know, bacon wrapped meat, make these! Pumpkin and Basil are simply delightful together, and they’ll turn everyone into an Om-nom-nom-nivore.
Southern Style Black Eyed Peas
There’s a tradition that says if you eat black eyed peas on new year’s day, you’ll have prosperity in the new year. If you’re going to eat Black Eyed Peas, we recommend eating them Southern Style, which is to say, made with ham.
Spiced Hot Fruit Bake (Gluten Free & Vegan Friendly)
This is technically healthy, but it’s definitely dessert. If you’ve had a fruit bake before, you know the magic of warm fruit, lightly sweetened, with spice. If you haven’t, you should make this, post haste.
Unbelievable Blueberry French Toast Casserole
Because no one wants to wake up (possibly feeling the ill effects of previous libations) and make breakfast on January 1st, prep a casserole ahead, stick it in the oven, take a shower while it bakes, and eat breakfast like a real adult – warm, french toast with blueberries breakfast. It’s a good way to start the year.
Easy Champagne Cupcakes
New Year’s needs champagne. Celebrations need cupcakes. Why not both at the same time? These truly are easy cupcakes as it uses a modified box cake mix, but no one will know because you’re making REAL (easy) buttercream frosting for the top!
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