Finger foods are a must at any New Years Eve celebration. Here are a number of appetizers that will help make your gathering a success.
Note: This page features fun fusion and Asian-inspired fare (such as Crab Rangoon) along with Chinese spring rolls, dumplings, and spareribs. If you're looking strictly for more authentic Chinese recipes, see Chinese New Years Appetizers
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These popular dumplings, steamed on one side and pan-fried on the other, are very easy to make. Choose from Potstickers with Prawn and Cilantro, a basic potsticker recipe with ground pork and Napa cabbage, or a Vegetarian Potstickers with tofu. Serve Potstickers with Soy Sauce With Ginger, Hot Chili Oil or Dumpling Dipping Sauce
Top Picks: Potstickers
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French and Chinese cuisine come together in this recipe for pate with cream cheese, dried orange peel, oyster sauce, and cilantro.
Top Picks: Oriental PateContinue to 5 of 11 below.
05 of 11Crab Rangoon is a fusion recipe invented by chefs at Trader Vic's chain of restaurants. Crab Rangoon is made by filling wonton wrappers with a mixture of crab meat, cream cheese and seasonings and deep-frying. A simpler version, Baked Crab Rangoon, is made by heating the dip and serving them on baked wonton.
Top Picks: Crab Rangoon
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Chicken wings are marinated in a sweet and spicy mixture of hoisin sauce, honey, ginger, and green onion in this easy recipe.
Top Picks: Hoisin Chicken Wings
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This simple appetizer is easy to make - water chestnuts are marinated in soy sauce, then rolled in brown sugar, wrapped in bacon and baked.
Top Picks: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Need a bit of extra help? Here are step by step instructions, with photos, showing how to make Bacon Wrapped Water ChestnutsContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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Got leftover chicken? Stir-fry it with vegetables in an oyster-flavored sauce and wrap "taco style" in lettuce.
Top Picks: Lettuce Wraps
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Guests have the fun of unwrapping their food in this popular Chinese appetizer, also called "Gift-Wrapped Chicken." The recipe includes instructions for deep-frying or baking.
Top Picks: Paper Wrapped Chicken
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This 5-star rated recipe from Leann Chin includes a simple dipping sauce.
Top Picks: Firecracker Shrimp
Don't leave all your preparations until the last minute. Most of the appetizers can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen.
You can make things easier by including some premade appetizers - pre-made Chinese dumplings can be found in the freezer section of Asian markets and many supermarkets.
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