7 Festive and Elegant Snacks to Serve at Your New Year's Eve Party

by Lisa Lozano 9:41 AM, December 28, 2015

Rachael Ray Show

Aired December 28, 2015

Having friends and family over to toast the New Year? Read on for 7 festive appetizers to pair with your bubbly.

No. 1: Baked Ricotta with Pistachios

This cheese-ball-like snack is made by mixing ricotta, parmesan and pistachios with herbs and flavorings, then baking. Top with roasted grapes or tomatoes before serving.

No. 2: Veal and Sage Meatballs with Gorgonzola

This is a perfect bite-sized party bite served with toothpicks. Rachael uses Gorgonzola Dolce, a sweet, mild blue cheese, as well as Parmigiano-Reggiano, lemon zest and sage in these flavor-packed veal meatballs. She roasts the meatballs for the “less guilt” factor.

No. 3: Prosciutto and Cheese Crostata

This elegant party pastry is actually not complicated to make. Just take a store-bought pie crust and layer shaved parmesan, prosciutto, fontina and marinated red pepper, then fold in the sides and bake. Garnish with fresh basil and you’re ready for guests!

No. 4: White Beans and Rosemary Crostini

This simple dip is made by rendering pancetta in a pan, then adding rosemary, garlic, lemon juice and white beans and mashing the beans a little with a wooden spoon. Serve on toasted sliced baguette.

No. 5: Trisha Yearwood’s Caramelized Onion Dip

This onion dip isn’t like your typical dip made from a dried soup mix. Trisha caramelizes her own onions by cooking them low and slow, for a rich, sweet flavor. She mixes her caramelized onions with mayo, Greek yogurt, Worcestershire sauce and that’s it!

No. 6: Cheese and Bacon Wrap

This recipe came to us courtesy of an adorable kid chef! He just takes a sheet of puff pastry and tops it with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon, then rolls, slices and bakes! Perfect party snack.

No. 7: Spinach and Artichoke-Stuffed Mushrooms

These party-sized mushroom bites are chock full of delicious ingredients like garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano, pine nuts, spinach and artichoke – delish!

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