By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine
When New Year's Eve rolls around, you won't find me on the couch waiting for a ball to drop. I love a good New Year's Eve party. What's not to love? Close friends, a few celebratory toasts, all the optimism of a new year and the promise of the new, better self you resolve to be.
But you don't need a white-tie gala ball to celebrate! All it takes is a few friends, a living room and, of course, some tasty snacks to serve as you ring in the new year. And you don't have to get too fancy-you can make delicious, elegant appetizers from ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry. Even better: you can make them without turning on your stove.
Need proof? Here are 5 delicious appetizers to try this New Year's:
Marinated Olives & Feta
Olives and feta marinated with rosemary, lemon and garlic are great served on crisp flatbread-style crackers or warm slices of crusty baguette.
Get the Recipe: Marinated Olives & Feta and More No-Cook Appetizers
Roast Beef & Beet Nosh
Horseradish sour cream, pickled beets and roast beef top toasted rye bread for a yummy appetizer reminiscent of a delicious deli sandwich.
Get the Recipe: Roast Beef & Beet Nosh and More Quick, No-Cook Appetizers
Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty one-bite treat.
Get the Recipe: Date Wraps and More Super-Simple Holiday Appetizers
These sweet and savory bites-which use a healthy dried apricot in place of bread-are like a cheese course in a bite.
Get the Recipe: Apricot Canapes and More 5-Ingredient Appetizers
These shrimp appetizers are simple yet full of flavor. Just top melba toasts with a bit of cream cheese, a cooked shrimp and dollop of pepper jelly.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Pepper-Popper and More Instant Appetizers
What do you like to serve for New Year's Eve?
By Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson is the associate food editor for EatingWell Magazine.
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