New Year’s Eve is the one day a year when you’re supposed to wear a dress decked out in sparkles, put on way too much lipstick and sip far too many glasses of Champagne. It’s the one day a year when calories really don’t count and the more elegant the appetizers, the better. That’s why for our big, sparkly and glittery NYE party, we’re going to make these beautiful apps (that will shock you when you find out how little they cost).
Who wants to spend their hard-earned holiday money on food when they could be spending it on sparkly dresses or shoes for a big New Year’s party? These elegant apps all cost less than $10 to make but taste like you spent four times that amount. Budget eating has never looked so chic.
Sesame Asian-style meatballs recipe
Adapted from Taste of Home
These Asian spiced meatballs are the perfect finger food for your fancy NYE soiree. The best part is they cost less than $10 to make, which leaves you plenty more to spend on really good Champagne!
Prep time: 12-14 minutes | Cook time: 12-15 minutes | Total time: 24-29 minutes
- 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 egg
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
For the sauce
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Sesame seeds, for garnish
- Green onions
- To make the meatballs, mix together the ground beef, breadcrumbs, sesame oil, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cilantro, egg, salt, pepper and green onions with your hands.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Form 20 small- to medium-size balls with your hands, and place on the 2 baking sheets about 1/2 inch apart.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until browned.
- Meanwhile, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Drizzle the sauce evenly over the meatballs. Stick with a skewer or mini fork, and serve immediately.
Black bean and cheese quesadillas recipe
These are not your average “Taco Bell” quesadillas. These healthy black bean quesadillas are not only healthier than the average ‘dilla, but so much more festive too! Top with avocado cream or your favorite topping for an easy and very budget appetizer.
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 6-8 minutes | Total time: 16-18 minutes
- 4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 green onions, diced
- Nonstick cooking spray
For the topping
- 1 ripe avocado, seed removed and scooped
- 4 ounces 4 percent Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Cilantro, for garnish
- Mix together the black beans, diced tomatoes, green onions and cheese. Spread 2 tortillas down on a hard surface.
- Place about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of filling over the tortilla. Top with the remaining 2 tortillas, and gently press down.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the quesadillas for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown (and the cheese inside has melted). Remove from the heat, and let cool slightly.
- Using a circle cookie or biscuit cutter, stamp out circle shapes (you should get about 12). Place onto a serving platter.
- To make the topping, blend or pulse the avocado, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper until creamy. Top each quesadilla with a dab of avocado cream, and serve with fresh cilantro.
Goat cheese-artichoke dip recipe
If creamy and elegant is what you’re looking for, then look no further than this goat cheese, cottage cheese and artichoke dip. Paired with your favorite veggies or chips, this will be a hit with your partygoers!
Total time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- 3/4 cup artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 2-1/2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Pepper, to taste
- Into a high-powered blender or food processor, place all the ingredients, and pulse until smooth.
- Serve with bread, veggies or chips.
Spinach, cheese and green onion mini quiche recipe
Adapted from Betty Crocker
Is there anything cuter than a mini quiche? We think not. These adorable snacks are so easy to make and even easier to eat. If you don’t have spinach on hand or prefer another green, then sub in your favorite to make these even easier (and cheaper!).
Prep time: 30 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes
For the crust
- 1-1/4 cups biscuit mix
- 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
- 2 tablespoons water
For the filling
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup heavy cream or whole milk
- 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 (9 ounce) box frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 2 green onions, chopped
- Parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the biscuit mix, butter and water, and stir until a soft dough forms. Carefully press the dough into the mini muffin cavities, pushing it up around the insides. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
- In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, spinach, cream and mozzarella cheese. Add in salt and pepper.
- Carefully divide the egg mixture over the biscuits, careful not to overflow.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the filling is set. Garnish with nuts, Parmesan cheese and green onions.