Best Recipes for New Year’s Eve

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Looking for the best recipes for New Year’s Eve? I’ve got you covered with these good cheap eats that even kids can make!

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Bacon and Spinach Frittata Bites

New Year’s Eve is one of our family’s favorite nights of the year. For as long as I can remember, it’s been a night for movies, games, and all kinds of good eating, specifically cocktail foods. We’ve done a kid-friendly version of a cocktail party for years on end.

A few years ago I instituted the tradition that every one in the family bring an appetizer to the party. I’m projecting far into the future when my children will all be grown — and will hopefully want to come to our house for at least a portion of their New Year’s Eves. (One can hope, right?)

Whether or not my dreams come to fruition, my children will all be equipped with the know-how to bring appetizers to any party they’re invited to.

The kids’ selections have varied over the years. Some get very elaborate in the food preparation, and I wonder about the wisdom of my idea when I’m helping adolescents fry beer battered and homemade egg rolls throughout the afternoon of December 31st. Now that they’re getting older, however, I’m able to cut them loose a little more in the kitchen.

Best Recipes for New Year’s Eve

Here is a sampling of some of the best recipes for New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking to have a little mocktail-cocktail party this year, stir up some of these goodies:

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Samosa Cups

Samosa Cups are crunchy little bundles of seasoned ground meat, onions, and African spices. They are a delicious shortcut to traditional samosa.

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Buttermilk Dressing

One of my favorite dressings is this buttermilk dressing with dill, garlic, and peppercorns. It mixes up quickly and is perfect for topping salads or dipping veggies or pizza.

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

French Bread and Bagel Pizzas

Mini pizzas are a cinch to prepare when you use a baked crust base like French bread or bagels. I can count on at least one of my kids choosing this for our NYE soiree.

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Potstickers with Dipping Sauce

Potstickers are an easy appetizer or main dish. Dress up frozen commercial potstickers with this homemade dipping sauce that comes together in minutes.

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Garlic Brie Bread

This appetizer is just fantastic! It is very “make-ahead” and only contains a few ingredients. One great aspect of it is that you get to eat the bowl!

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Homemade Pigs in Blankets

Whip up an easy butterhorn dough for delicious pigs in blankets, a little more homemade — and a little more guilt-free. Take them over the top with Aidells uncured smoked sausages.

Best Recipes for New Year's Eve | Good Cheap Eats

Bruschetta with Herbes de Provence

This simple tomato bruschetta comes together quickly and easily. It’s economical and delicious, the perfect combination!

What are YOUR favorite recipes for New Year’s Eve?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Alice E says

    It varies so much from year to year that my mind come up blank. With just the two of us now it will be simple but I do try o make it tasty. Even the presence of alcohol varies but is still simple if it appears. What I would like to know is the name if not the link for the little egg ?? in the picture at the top of the article. Without a specific name just typing eggs gets a lot of other articles in the search.

    Thanks for all the ideas you offer to all of us. May you have a lovely celebration and a wonderful new year ahead in 2017.

    • Melissa says

      Those are Jessica’s bacon spinach frittata bites–one of our family’s faves.

      • Holly says
        • Alice E says

          Thanks for the link, Holly. I didn’t think to do my search on the other website and I should have, I know that some of the recipes are over there.

          • Holly says

            You’re very welcome. I wanted to make it myself, so I went searching. The link actually came from a page on this site, so it was a lucky search!

      • Alice E says

        Thanks, Melissa for the info. They looked good to me.

    • Sorry for the delay in chiming in. I’ve not been able to get to answering. Glad you ladies take care of each other!

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