Keep the festive holiday vibes going strong with these luxe appetizers for New Year’s Eve and beyond! Smoked salmon, rose wine, and bubbly baked cheese are guaranteed to get any party started.
anything-but-heavy winter appetizers
For me, winter is definitely appetizer season, and nothing feels more ‘all grown up’ then serving something a little bit fancy to nibble on with cocktails. It’s a throwback to the Madmen era, maybe, but putting a little effort into hors d’oeuvres feels right right now.
This showstopper of a starter features delicious hot smoked salmon, fresh chives, cream cheese, capers, and more all stacked together for an incredible presentation. I serve it with crisp white wine and thin slices of rye bread, and seriously, who needs dinner?
Melty baked brie is so versatile and always appreciated by everyone. I love it for all seasons, but I think hot cheese and winter were made for each other. There are so many ways to top off a perfectly baked brie, from a simple drizzle of honey to maple roasted cranberries, or fresh figs.
This super unique hot pepper jelly starts with a bottle of rose wine, what could be more perfect for a New Years Eve shindig? Try it with champagne, if you like.
The pork gives the meatballs great flavor, but also keeps them from being dense. I lighten them up even more with my favorite secret ingredient, Ritz cracker crumbs!
To me, it doesn’t get more luxurious than a big, bubbling dish of hot cheesy crab dip. This one is really easy to make, but will definitely impress your guests. Just add crackers and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc!
Fried Olives are the best little appetizers in the world ~ they’re crisp on the outside, warm and juicy on the inside ~ dip them in a little garlicky aioli and you’ll be in heaven, guaranteed!
The cheese plate is always my fall-back plan for entertaining, because you really just can’t go wrong with a seasonal spread of fruits, cheeses, preserves, and snacks. Make it extra luxe for your winter gatherings with whole nuts, winter fruits, and hearty, grainy mustards.
The Swedish meatball gets party-ready in cute cocktail-meatball form! I’ve never met a cocktail meatball I didn’t like, but these little Swedish meatballs might be my fave.
Baked Caramelized Onion Dip has to be the queen of all hot appetizers, and once you learn to properly caramelize onions, this simple dip with incredibly complex flavors can be yours.
Labneh is a gorgeously creamy, silky cheese made by straining the excess liquid from Greek yogurt. You can buy it, or make it, and turn it into these beautiful little truffle-like balls coated in spices and herbs. Perfect for spreading on your favorite cracker.
This toasted cheese bread with savory grilled mushrooms is a combination no one can resist! I ‘dry roast’ my mushrooms to bring out the best flavor.