The Best (Easy) New Year’s Eve Hors d’Oeuvres

New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres start the year off on a high note. We’re all about serving the tastiest bites possible at the New Year’s Eve soiree, but this is Sporked so of course you know we’re also going to find you some easy New Year’s Eve snacks. You can’t party until midnight if you’ve tired yourself out in the kitchen, after all. These New Year’s Eve party snacks will truly wow your guests and save you tons of time so you can get your glitz and glam on for the big night. Or get cozy in your PJs and stuff your face. I won’t judge.

Trader Joe’s Pork Gyoza Potstickers

Dumplings are a good luck food for the Lunar new year, which isn’t until February, but they taste so damn good we’re bringing them out for our New Year’s Eve party, too. As much as I love authentic, hand crimped gyoza, I’m pulling out Trader Joe’s version for some truly easy New Year’s Eve snacks. Just heat them up in a pan or steamer and serve with some dipping sauce—it’s stupidly simple. Plus, these are shockingly good. They are so juicy, flavorful, and meaty. They’re gingery, super savory, and have a hint of sweetness that is really pleasant. You might as well buy two bags. These gyoza are among those New Year’s Eve party snacks that are sure to go fast.

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SuperPretzel Soft Pretzel Pepperjack Filled Bites

What New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvre will your guests like better than a soft pretzel? A soft pretzel that’s bite-sized and stuffed with cheese, that’s what. These pepper jack pretzel bites are soft and squishy. The filling is gooey and has a little kick on the finish. Pop these babies in the microwave, impale them with those fancy frilly toothpicks, and serve them with a little dish of dijon mustard. Suddenly this classic after-school snack is a fancy New Year’s Eve party snack—voila!

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Portuguese Baccalhau Tartelettes

Trader Joe’s Portuguese Baccalhau Tartelettes make an easy, fancy New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvre. These tiny salt cod tartelettes have a snooty vibe to them. Maybe it’s because they come in their own little pie tins or maybe it’s the indulgent flavor they deliver. Either way, these easy New Year’s Eve snacks are a great way to trick your guests into thinking you got this shindig catered. New Year’s Eve party snacks are a chance to pretend you’re living large (to start the year off faking it til you make it and all).

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Trader Joe’s Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions

When it comes to New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres, Trader Joe’s really has some bangers. If you’re going there to pick up some cheap wine, you better be hitting up that frozen section, too. Their Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese & Caramelized Onions are yet another great addition to our list of New Year’s Eve party snacks. They’re buttery little pastry cups with a light, almost souffle-like filling that has the salty tang of feta and the sweetness of caramelized onions. One bite takes you on a whole journey. Buy a couple of boxes of these New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvres because they’re going to go fast. Convenience is Trader Joe’s M.O., so you know these are some easy New Year’s Eve snacks to throw together.

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Whole Catch Crunchy Coconut Butterfly Shrimp

Coconut shrimp are a great New Year’s Eve hors d’oeuvre to get you in the mindset for tons of travel in the new year. You can’t eat one of these plump, juicy, pleasantly sweet fried shrimp without imagining yourself at a beachside bar in the Florida Keys. The mild, nutty, fresh coconut flakes tease your tastebuds with a modest hint of the piña coladas you’ll be sipping come summertime. Set out a few dipping sauces (we recommend the best sweet chili sauce) to go with and you’ve got yourself a New Year’s Eve snack that’ll have everyone looking to warmer days ahead.

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About the Author

Vinz Karl

Vinz Karl is a freelance contributor to Sporked and self-proclaimed Guy Fieri superfan. He believes in breakfast supremacy and is on a never-ending mission to try every flavor of Oreo out there. Originally from the Midwest, Vinz now resides in Los Angeles, where you can find him going on hikes, checking out new restaurants, and preparing for his eventual casting on CBS's Survivor.

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