Top 10 New Year's Eve Recipes

New Year's Eve is the most festive night of the year. You can celebrate it many ways: quietly at home, out at a restaurant, club, or party, or my favorite way: a party at home! These ten recipes are the ones I choose to serve. I combine appetizers, desserts, and some buffet items to make a fabulous spread. People can eat when they want, and as much as they want!

Just be sure to keep an eye on the time. After two hours, rotate all the perishable foods to keep them safe. Set your buffet table...MORE with nice linens, candles (electric or real), and flowers. Be sure to offer lots of little plates so people can sample your delicious food and come back for more. And have a happy New Year!

  • 01 of 10
    Bacon Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes. Linda Larsen
    These little goodies taste like a BLT, but better. Each little cherry tomato is stuffed with a rich mixture of bacon, mayo, basil, and cheese. They're fabulous.
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    Krumkake. Linda Larsen
    Hey, there's nothing like adding a slightly unusual food to a party menu to get the conversation going. These crisp little wafers are rolled while hot so they cool to form a hollow begging to be stuffed with something sweet. Fill with sweetened whipped cream for a fabulous treat.
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    Crockpot Chutney Ham

    Chutney Glazed Ham. Linda Larsen
    A ham is a really good idea for a party. You can feed a crowd, and it looks so festive on the buffet table. This recipe is flavorful and easy and makes the ham very moist and tender. Put out some little rolls so your guests can make sandwiches.
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    Hot Artichoke Dip
    Hot Artichoke Dip. Linda Larsen
    This famous dip is a shoe-in for the best appetizer for parties. It's rich, creamy, and flavorful. Serve it with tiny appetizer knives and some toasted baguettes.
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    Melon and Avocado Cocktail

    Melon Avocado Cocktail
    Melon Avocado Cocktail. Linda Larsen
    There's something so sophisticated about the combination of avocado and fruits. And the presentation of this delicious appetizer is so special.
  • 06 of 10
    Creamy Cranberry Molded Salad
    Creamy Cranberry Molded Salad. Linda Larsen

    This wonderful salad epitomizes the holiday season. The colors are gorgeous, and the fabulous sweet and tart flavor can't be beat.

  • 07 of 10
    Swedish Nuts. Linda Larsen

    Nothing says the holiday to me like this fragrant and crisp appetizer. Whole pecans are baked in a cinnamon scented meringue until they are crisp and have absorbed a whole bunch of butter. Yum.

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    Mini Cranberry Filo Shells

    Mini Cranberry Filo Shells. Linda Larsen
    I love serving pick-up foods for parties. That means you can just pick up the food and pop it in your mouth. No fussing with serving plates, forks, or even napkins. These little cups are rich, delicious, and so easy to make.
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    Zebra Caramel Corn
    Zebra Caramel Corn. Linda Larsen

    Caramel corn is wonderful. But top it with different flavors of melted chocolate and this treat is elevated to a special party addition.

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    Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches

    Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches. Linda Larsen

    And finally, little chicken sandwiches are the perfect food for a party. This simple filling is rich with tons of chicken, mayonnaise, and mustard. It's the perfect filling for tiny croissants.