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Countdown to the New Year: Appetizers

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I love to throw cocktail parties and serve tasty, bite-sized appetizers. Today, I've rounded-up a few recipes for you to try out. Find more ideas and the full recipes in our New Year's Appetizers gallery.

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Oysters Casino: Serve these irresistible oysters filled with bacon, red pepper, and celery.

1 Oysters Casino: Serve these irresistible oysters filled with bacon, red pepper, and celery.

Stuffed Mushrooms: The stuffing for these bite-size mushrooms can be made up to a day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

2 Stuffed Mushrooms: The stuffing for these bite-size mushrooms can be made up to a day ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Figs and Prosciutto: Sweet figs make the perfect pairing for a thin slice of savory Prosciutto di Parma.

3 Figs and Prosciutto: Sweet figs make the perfect pairing for a thin slice of savory Prosciutto di Parma.

Tuna Carpaccio on Orange Slices: Top thin squares of fresh, raw tuna with a creamy sauce made from rice-wine vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, and mayonnaise. Serve on thick orange slices.

4 Tuna Carpaccio on Orange Slices: Top thin squares of fresh, raw tuna with a creamy sauce made from rice-wine vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, and mayonnaise. Serve on thick orange slices.

Twice-Cooked Potatoes with Caviar: This dish is an elegant, creative, and flavorful way to serve caviar.

5 Twice-Cooked Potatoes with Caviar: This dish is an elegant, creative, and flavorful way to serve caviar.

Steamed Ricotta Dumplings: These dumplings make elegant hors d'oeuvres when served in individual Chinese soup spoons. Fill them with broccoli rabe or stuff them with ricotta, Parmesan, prosciutto, and parsley.

6 Steamed Ricotta Dumplings: These dumplings make elegant hors d'oeuvres when served in individual Chinese soup spoons. Fill them with broccoli rabe or stuff them with ricotta, Parmesan, prosciutto, and parsley.

Endive Spears with Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit: Endive leaves serve as little cups to hold lobster, avocado, and grapefruit in this noteworthy appetizer. You could also use crab or shrimp as a substitute for the lobster.

7 Endive Spears with Lobster, Avocado, and Grapefruit: Endive leaves serve as little cups to hold lobster, avocado, and grapefruit in this noteworthy appetizer. You could also use crab or shrimp as a substitute for the lobster.

Marinated Olives: Jazz up purchased olives with citrus slices and fresh herbs for an easy New Year's appetizer.

8 Marinated Olives: Jazz up purchased olives with citrus slices and fresh herbs for an easy New Year's appetizer.

Shrimp Cocktail: Arrange shrimp along the rim of an ice-filled bowl (or on a platter) accompanied by lemon slices and cocktail sauce or lemon aioli.

9 Shrimp Cocktail: Arrange shrimp along the rim of an ice-filled bowl (or on a platter) accompanied by lemon slices and cocktail sauce or lemon aioli.

Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints: Based on a classic French recipe, these warm hors d'oeuvres are filled with Black Forest Ham and melted Gruyere.

10 Ham and Gruyere Thumbprints: Based on a classic French recipe, these warm hors d'oeuvres are filled with Black Forest Ham and melted Gruyere.

Asian Crab Cakes: Perfect for a New Year's cocktail party, these showstopping crab cakes can be made and frozen up to six weeks before your event.

11 Asian Crab Cakes: Perfect for a New Year's cocktail party, these showstopping crab cakes can be made and frozen up to six weeks before your event.

Endive Spears with Herbed Goat Cheese: This vegetarian finger food can be made in no time. We served the goat cheese on endive spears, but you can also use hearts of celery or crackers.

12 Endive Spears with Herbed Goat Cheese: This vegetarian finger food can be made in no time. We served the goat cheese on endive spears, but you can also use hearts of celery or crackers.

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  • The Appetizers looks beautiful and delicious! I pinned some on Pinterest.
    Happy New Year Kevin, wish you a wonderful and blessed 2012.

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