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Easy, no-cook New Year’s appetizers

By Matthew Thompson, December 20, 2011 - 12:10pm

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Easy, no-cook New Year’s appetizers

When New Year’s Eve rolls around, you won’t find me on the couch waiting for a ball to drop. I love a good New Year’s Eve party. What’s not to love? Close friends, a few celebratory toasts, all the optimism of a new year and the promise of the new, better self you resolve to be.

But you don’t need a white–tie gala ball to celebrate! All it takes is a few friends, a living room and, of course, some tasty snacks to serve as you ring in the new year. And you don’t have to get too fancy—you can make delicious, elegant appetizers from ingredients you probably have sitting in your pantry. Even better: you can make them without turning on your stove.

Don’t Miss: Need proof? Here are 5 delicious appetizers to try this New Year’s:

Marinated Olives & Feta
Olives and feta marinated with rosemary, lemon and garlic are great served on crisp flatbread-style crackers or warm slices of crusty baguette.
Get the Recipe: Marinated Olives & Feta and More No-Cook Appetizers

Roast Beef & Beet Nosh
Horseradish sour cream, pickled beets and roast beef top toasted rye bread for a yummy appetizer reminiscent of a delicious deli sandwich.
Get the Recipe: Roast Beef & Beet Nosh and More Quick, No-Cook Appetizers

Date Wraps
Sweet dates and salty prosciutto combine in a tasty one-bite treat.
Get the Recipe: Date Wraps and More Super-Simple Holiday Appetizers

Apricot Canapes
These sweet and savory bites—which use a healthy dried apricot in place of bread—are like a cheese course in a bite.
Get the Recipe: Apricot Canapes and More 5-Ingredient Appetizers

Shrimp-Pepper Poppers
These shrimp appetizers are simple yet full of flavor. Just top melba toasts with a bit of cream cheese, a cooked shrimp and dollop of pepper jelly.
Get the Recipe: Shrimp Pepper-Popper and More Instant Appetizers

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TAGS: Matthew Thompson, Food Blog, Entertaining, Holidays, Quick meals

Matthew Thompson
Matthew Thompson is a former associate food editor for EatingWell Magazine.

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