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12 easy but fancy finger foods for a New Year’s Eve party

Entertaining for big crowds can be stressful-- especially when it's a big night like New Year's Eve. 

But if you're throwing a major bash to ring in 2016, don't sweat it. Finger foods are a great way to keep grumbling tummies at bay.

We’ve got some of the best bite-sized munches around. And these hearty snacks will keep New Year's Eve revelers going until the wee hours of Jan. 1.

  • 1. Ham-Wrapped Coconut Shrimp Bites

    Ham-Wrapped Coconut Shrimp Bites

    SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Company

    Shrimp is a holiday favorite finger food. Take your appetizer game to the next level with this Asian-inspired makeover. Crispy shrimp match up perfectly with the sweetness of pineapple, a touch of Sriracha heat and creamy peanut butter, all wrapped up in a savory slice of ham and broiled to perfection. 

    Recipe: Ham Wrapped Coconut Shrimp

  • 2. Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

    Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

    Kris Schoels

    Try out this easy holiday appetizer for a simple way to host a gathering this December. These delicious prosciutto wrapped pears that won’t have you running to the oven.

    Recipe: Proscuitto Wrapped Pears with Blue Cheese

  • 3. Catch Miami's Mahi Tacos

    Catch Miami's Mahi Tacos

    CATCH Miami, EMM Group

    While the Mahi Tacos are easy enough to prepare for any at-home chef, they are poised to impress guests with expectations of your run-of-the-mill nachos and mini hotdogs. Everyone knows the food is the next best thing to the game itself, so make your party memorable with the upgraded fish tacos.

    Recipe: Catch Miami's Mahi Tacos

  • 4. Prunes wrapped in bacon

    Prunes wrapped in bacon

    Matt Wilson

    Sweet and salty heaven in a bite sized popper. Guests young and old will love this tiny party treat.

    Recipe: Prunes wrapped in bacon

  • 5. Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Spinach

    Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Spinach

    LouLou Sucre

    This party dip from LouLou Sucre is as easy as it is packed with cheesy goodness. Make sure to serve with fresh French bread

    Recipe: Bruschetta with Fresh Ricotta and Spinach

  • 6. Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip

    Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip

    LouLou Sucre

    Spice up the holidays with these zesty little corn cakes from LouLou Sucre. The ranch dip can be used for veggies as well.

    Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip

  • 7. Cucumber Yogurt Dip

    Cucumber Yogurt Dip

    Chef Danny Elamleh

    If you enjoy the taste of plain yogurt and refreshing, crisp cucumber, then this is a great dip for you. Use it with toasted pita bread, fresh veggies or the perfect dipper for lamb meatballs. 

    Recipe: Cucumber Yogurt

  • 8. Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Nuts & Dried Fruit Recipe

    Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Nuts & Dried Fruit Recipe

    Always Order Dessert

    A new version of stuffed mushroom caps that are sure to be a true holiday hit. These mushrooms are a favorite party food from Always Order Dessert because they touch on all the best flavor and texture notes--salty, sweet, spicy, crunchy.

    Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

  • 9. Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar Arincini

    Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar Arincini

    Isola

    Risotto balls are always a hit with a big crowd. Slow cooking the rice will keep the inside nice and creamy. 

    Recipe: Isola Arincini

  • 10. Lamb Lettuce Cups

    Lamb Lettuce Cups

    The Source, Wolfgang Puck

    This is a traditional dish during Chinese New Year. Lettuce symbolizes prosperity and a fresh start, and the word in Chinese sounds like good fortune or prosperity.

    Recipe: Lamb Lettuce Cups

  • 11. Double-Dipper Tofu Sticks

    Double-Dipper Tofu Sticks

    House Foods

    This healthy take on mozzarella sticks is so good you won't miss the cheese.

    Recipe: Double-dipper Tofu Sticks

  • 12. Cheese Straws

    Cheese Straws

    Canal House Cooking

    So easy to make, these cheese straws will be a hit at your next party. Try your own varation sprinkled with black pepper, cayenne, or pimentón.

    Recipe: Cheese Straws