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New Year's Appetizers: 14 Easy (And Tasty) Recipes To Munch On

12/27/2013 03:33 EST | Updated 12/30/2013 12:51 EST
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We love a big holiday dinner, but sometimes you just want to have a taste of a bunch of delicious things. These are foods you can nibble with one hand while holding a festive cocktail in the other, and ringing in the new year with great friends and great conversation.

If that sounds like your plans for this New Year's Eve, then you'll want to make sure some (or all!) of these appetizers are on the menu. They cover all your dietary bases and have enough variety to keep your guests coming back to the food table throughout the night.

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Savoury Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are a classic, but we love this surprising and savoury twist with ham and Gruyere cheese. Get the recipe here.

Glitter Grapes

It's a Spanish and Portuguese tradition to eat 12 grapes on New Year's Eve, for 12 months of sweetness to come. This recipe makes them go down even more easily.

Cocktail Meatballs

Cocktail meatballs are a party classic, and we like this recipe with festive cranberry sauce. Get the recipe here.

Spicy Pecans

Mmm, pecans! You can customize this one with your favourite herbs and spices. Get this recipe here.

Mini Veggie Sushi

We like this healthy twist on sushi to replace your typical veggies and dip. Get the recipe on Canadian Family here.

Seafood Dumplings

Serve up these potstickers, made with scallops and shrimp, with a few dipping sauces. You can mix up the fillings to add other seafood or vegetables, if you prefer. Get the recipe here.

Kale And Bean Bruschetta

This healthy take on bruschetta is a great vegetarian app option. Get the recipe here.

Lentil Walnut Balls

Have any vegan guests? They'll love you for serving these faux meatballs. Just make sure the meat eaters don't scarf them all up! Get the recipe here.

Vegan Devilish Potatoes

Here's another vegan option, which is also great for anybody who has to avoid eggs and/or dairy. Plus, they're adorable! Get the recipe here.

Brie & Wild Blueberry Phyllo Parcels

Because it's just not a party without a brie-based appetizer. Get the recipe here.

Mini Mac And Cheese

New Year's Eve is the perfect time to have some fun with your appetizers, and we think these mac and cheese bites are a great way to do that. Get the recipe here.

Mini Croques Madames

You can make these with regular eggs tby using a cookie cutter to cut out smaller pieces of fried egg. But how adorable are these quail eggs? Get the recipe here.

Zucchini Rollups

Goat cheese and curry make a great combo, unexpectedly. Get the recipe here.