Any day that I get to munch on endless amounts of appetizers is a good day. What about when I get the chance to end one year and usher in the new one by munching on tasty little treasures such as stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, and mini turnovers? Well, that’s my very definition of living life to the fullest.
The thing that I love most about these appetizers is that they take the classics and add a funky little twist to them. Kimchi + deviled eggs? Glorious. Boursin + mushrooms? Epic. Guacamole with bacon + blue cheese? Palate pleasing to the max.
I think you’re starting to get the idea.
Let’s start 2020 off by taking a walk on the wild side with these appetizers that take taste to a whole new level.
Easy Baked Brie in Puff Pastry
Bring on the brie! You’ll want to make two or three of these because sweet appetizer will be gone in a jiffy. It’s quite possibly the easiest and tastiest appetizer to ever exist.
Smoked Salmon Dip
This smoky dip is made without mayo and will store in the fridge for about five days. Serve it alongside crackers or crudités – either way, this dip will turn your party into the best one ever.
Boursin Stuffed Mushrooms
Three easy ingredients and ten minutes is all you need to make these stuffed mushrooms. The key to making these absolutely perfect is to cook the mushrooms only until they start to release their water.
Baked Chicken Taquitos
Taquitos are a great way to use leftovers such as chicken or veggies. They’re also pretty much hands-off once you get them made and in the oven.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
Cranberry Glazed Meatballs
These cranberry meatballs are particularly fun, in that they are sweet, sour, spicy, and savory, all at once. Cheerful little flavor balls in a festive, candy red cranberry glaze.
Hot Reuben Dip
A beloved sandwich transforms magically into a heart-warming dip. If you just happen to be out of fresh homemade corned beef, pick up some sliced corned beef from the deli counter!
Mini Apple Turnovers with Walnuts and Gorgonzola
These mini gems come together quickly, especially if you’re using a prepared frozen puff pastry. You can make them the several hours before your party and you can substitute any cheese you’d like if you don’t have any Gorgonzola on hand!
Kimchi Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs belong at any party, but spice things up with some kimchi and dash or two of gochujang. These are guaranteed to go fast, so rest assured, you can easily double or triple this recipe up for a crowd.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
Cheesy Slow Cooker Sausage Balls
So many ways to serve these sausage balls! You can A) Toss some toothpicks next to a big platter of these meatballs or B) Make sliders out of them by adding them to Hawaiian sweet rolls with a slice of provolone cheese. Pop the in the oven and broil on low until the cheese is melted.
Garlic Herb Steak Bites
These herby little gems are guaranteed to make everyone swoon. Seriously, a party with steak bites? I’m all in!
Cacio e Pepe Chicken Wings
Wings smothered in Parmesan cheese and sprinkled generously with pepper. Your foodie friends will love you for introducing them to these wings!
Bacon and Blue Cheese Guacamole
Rule #1 in the Official Simply Recipes Handbook for Throwing Spectacular Parties is that there must be GUAC! Okay, maybe there isn’t a handbook, but guacamole still needs to make its presence known at every single gathering and serving it with bacon and blue cheese just takes it to a whole new level.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
Whipped Goat Cheese 7-Layer Dip
This is a dip for your senses! It’s creamy yet crunchy and sweet yet savory. It can be made ahead of time, but you may not have the self-control to not eat it all before the party!