If you’ve ever tried to maneuver a plated appetizer, drink and napkin, you know it’s nearly impossible without putting one of the three down. But there’s an easier, more elegant way to snack where you can eat, drink and mingle, all night long: one-bite apps. With champagne in one hand, a snack in the other and good company all around, there’s no better way to ring in a brand new year.
Classic Italian Turkey Meatballs
Ground turkey and turkey sausage are mixed with traditional meatball add-ins and served with a tangy tomato sauce. Skewers make these a one-hand, one-bite option for your party. Use this serving suggestion with any type of meatball, from pork to veggie, giving guests a few options.
Use mini ravioli or tortellini for a seriously additive, deep-fried one-bite appetizer. Served with marinara, either homemade or prepared, this snack is a winner.
Middle-Eastern Eggplant Rounds
Assemble veggies and dip ahead of time for a cleaner, more streamlined cocktail party. Hummus and veggies are layered for a one-bite stack that’s almost too easy to eat. For the most poppable bites, use skinny Japanese eggplant.
Instant Pot Mini Frittatas
Give your party a Mediterranean vibe with the help of your Instant Pot. Frittatas are delicious any time of day, and ideal for a cocktail party as they can be served warm, room temperature or chilled, and filled with your favourite ingredients (this version has bacon, mushrooms, spinach and cheese). Think of them as a mini quiche without the fussy crust.
Crispy Bacon Cheddar Puff Pinwheels
Puff pastry can quickly be turned into a buttery, crispy appetizer that’s consumable in a single bite. Switch up the fillings to create interest on your table.
Shrimp Cocktail Bar: Classic Cocktail Sauce, Avocado Crema, Remoulade
The retro-classic has always been a one-bite delight. With three sauces (cocktail sauce, avocado crema and remoulade) guests can eat their weight in shrimp, all night long.
Holiday Roll Ups
Even last-minute entertainers can whip these up – they’re no more challenging than making a sandwich, but far easier to eat.
One-Bite Baked Brie with Grape-Pecan Compote
Skip the family-style, often messy baked Brie (that no one wants to be the first to cut into), and make a bite-sized version instead. The fruit and nut compote adds depth and tang to the rich cheese for a stunning wine partner. Here are more drool-worthy Brie recipes.
Sichuan-Style Dumplings with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Whether you make your own dumplings or pick up a bag from the freezer aisle, just don’t skip the dipping sauce. These bites are substantial enough to be served on their own as a prelude to a larger meal, or enjoyed as part of a cocktail party spread.
Manchego Quince Skewers
Quince paste (membrillo) is coupled with Manchego cheese for a Spanish appetizer that makes the classic cheeseboard portable.
Fried Mashed Potato Balls
Potatoes and oil go hand-in-hand, but it’s unlikely you’ll serve up a pile of french fries at your NYE cocktail party. Instead, turn leftover mashed potatoes into creamy-centred, crispy-exteriored bites that can be adapted to your personal taste. Try adding herbs, cheese, chopped bacon or smoked fish for an additional boost of flavour.
Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto
Instead of a cheese and meat board, assemble a “best of” sweet-meets-savoury bite. The addicting combination of sticky dates, creamy cheese and salty prosciutto is, quite simply, perfect.
Vegan Potato, Pepper and Olive Phyllo Cups
A vegan appetizer that any guest will love, filled with potatoes, peppers and olives. Smoked paprika gives these bites Spanish pintxos flare.
Italian Sausage Balls
Only a few ingredients are required to make this fast, one-bite crowd-pleaser. A garnish of basil and tomato is optional, if you’re in a rush, but does add festive appeal.
Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites
With all of those savoury appetizers, you may want to provide a sweet counterpart. Chocolate brownies are so easy – and dangerous – to make bite-sized. Take the theme to the next level with a table of bite-sized sweets.