Add Some Flair to Your NYE Bash with These Fancy Appetizers

Bid farewell to 2018 with these quick and easy apps.

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Though you’ll have to wait another 363 days for next Christmas, there’s still plenty of celebrating to do before 2018 is over for good. With New Year’s Eve less three days away, there’s no better time than now to break out your noise makers and start planning your NYE bash.

Since we’re still making our way through Christmas leftovers in my house, my family has decided to serve only appetizers at our pre-2019 gathering and I honestly couldn’t be more excited.

Truth be told, whenever I go to a restaurant or food hall for a party, appetizers are the course I always look forward to most. Not only do they make the perfect grab-and-go treat, they also add a touch of elegance to any occasion. There's just something about a shrimp skewer that makes me feel like I'm hobnobbing it with the rich and famous.

Here are all the mouthwatering, not to mention super quick, apps I’ll be whipping up this upcoming Monday. Choose one from the list to add some fancy flair to the end of your year and the beginning of your next one.

I'm a sucker for a delicious bruschetta recipe and this one from Giada De Laurentiis is just that, and so much more. Giada rubs her bread slices with a clove of garlic before baking to infuse each piece with fragrant flavor. Place yours on a platter when finished and pass it around the room. Just make sure you grab one for yourself first; these are bound to disappear quicker than you can say 3-2-1!

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If you're worried about being pressed for time on New Year's Eve, this make-ahead recipe is for you! Follow Ree's lead and prepare your spinach tortellini earlier in the day, then simply assemble your vibrant party-perfect skewers before your guests begin to arrive. Ree serves hers with a tangy pesto, olive oil and red vinegar dressing for a little extra flavor. For a picturesque finish, top with minced parsley.

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Whenever we have a party, I beg my mom to make these stuffed mushrooms from Rachel Ray. Though she just made two trays of them for Christmas, you best believe we'll be making them again this New Year's Eve. The magic behind these flavor-packed caps is the juicy Italian sausage and spinach stuffing found inside. Rachel tops her succulent caps with diced pieces of buttered toast instead of breadcrumbs for a creative and mouthwateringly crispy garnish.

Barefoot Contessa's Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

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Ina leaves the tails of her shrimp on when whipping up this ultra luxe appetizer to give her guests a easy to grab "handle." To turn up the volume on classic cocktail sauce, Ina combines chili sauce, ketchup, horseradish, and tabasco with lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Serve them warm or at room temperature and watch, as Ina says, your guests go "crazy" for them.

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheese-Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto, as seen on Foodnetwork.com FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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"You can't go wrong with sweet dates and salty prosciutto. Add some gooey cheese and you have a definite crowd-pleaser," Giada says of these impressive wrapped dates. Giada mixes mascarpone and goat cheese with finely chopped basil to create her creamy and floral filling. For additional elegance, spear yours with stainless steel cocktail pins and serve on a see-through glass tray.

Molly Yeh's "Meatball Sliders with a Twist"

You can't have a party without some sort of slider. We're willing to bet this meatless version from Molly Yeh is unlike any you, or your guests, have had before. To start, Molly pulses toasted almonds, garlic cloves, grated Parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs and parsley together in a food processor. She then forms the mixture into ping-pong-ball-sized pieces and fries them in hot oil until they are golden brown. Add them to luscious red sauce and serve with smooth mozzarella and basil on a bun for a hand-held dish guests large and small will love.

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