New Year’s Eve appetizers for pairing with Champagne
Just as you would pair wine with certain foods and special appetizers, Champagne tastes even better when paired with the right bites. Whether you're having a quiet night in or throwing a formal party, these appetizers are perfect for ringing in the New Year.
For a casual New Year's Eve at home or with a small group of friends, pair your Champagne with simple salty appetizers. Salted or spiced mixed nuts, cocktail-sized hot dogs, mini quiche and prosciutto all enhance the taste of Champagne and complement each other extremely well.
An elegant cheese plate is just one go-to appetizer for pairing with Champagne. Top baked Brie with crushed walnuts or a fruit preserve and serve with whole grain crackers. Surround your cheese plate with fresh strawberries, grapes and raspberries for a light and delicious pre-dinner treat.
Creamy dips -- like crab and artichoke based dips -- make for a delicious pre-dinner snack when Champagne is being served.
Fried foods also taste delicious with Champagne. Sweet potato fries with a side of garlic aioli, fried mushrooms, tempura vegetables and flash fried salted vegetables all make great appetizers or side dishes.
Pairing Champagne with desserts is easy. Champagne tastes delicious with most desserts, especially chocolate covered strawberries, berry tarts, lemon cake and sorbet topped with fresh fruit.
Hand-passed hors d'oeuvres are an essential for a formal New Year's Eve party. Escargots and seafood pair brilliantly with Champagne and make great bite-sized appetizers for your guests. Try these seafood bites for your New Year's Eve party.
- Prosciutto wrapped shrimp
- Bacon wrapped scallops
- Crackers topped with crabmeat and green olives
- Sushi cut rolls or hand rolls
- Lobster martinis
As a main course, suggested pairings include: foie gras, duck, caviar and baked chicken.