10 New Year’s Eve Party Food Recipes

New Year’s Eve is a meaningful night where people from all over the world plan for the coming year. This is a time of the year that is rich with tradition and good cuisine. Some people will prepare specific “good luck” dishes like sauerkraut, pork roast, cabbage and caviar, while others will simply eat and drink themselves merry. But whatever your culture, everyone is eager to get off to a good start!

Get your good start this New Year’s Eve by preparing these traditional party foods for family and friends. Here’s our selection of 10 amazing New Year’s Eve party foods that everyone will enjoy.


Fresh Red Caviar Recipe

Caviar is an excellent appetizer. It also carries some meaning in many cultures. Since fish swim forward, not backward, eating fish on New Year’s Eve symbolizes making forward progress into the coming year! Making caviar at home is easier than you think, and this person has a unique way of getting it done with a tennis racket.

Cheddar Pistachio Cheese Ball

Where would we be without cheese balls? No matter the occasion, if it’s Winter time and you are getting together with family or friends, a cheese ball always hits the spot. This one uses pistachios, which are abundant throughout Autumn and Winter.This recipe makes 2 pistachio cheese balls.

Homemade Smoked Summer Sausage

If you’ve ever had good quality homemade summer sausage, then you know that it’s better than what you find at the local grocer, especially when you’re talking about smoked meat! The instructions are laid out pretty clearly here. You can make smoked summer sausage using wild game or beef!

Cream Cheese Apple Dip

There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into that freshly picked apple during Fall harvest. It gives you that sweet, crisp and clean feel as you eat it, and it even gets better with cream cheese dip. Check out this delicious recipe that adds a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon, making this the best cream cheese apple dip recipe out there!

Persimmon Crème Brûlée

If you’ve never made crème brûlée before, you are missing out on a really fun cooking experience. This recipe adds a slice of persimmon to the dish, something you’re sure to enjoy. Finish off the year with something extra creamy and sweet, especially if your New Year’s resolution includes dieting!

Bruschetta with Creamy Gorgonzola

Bruschetta makes a terrific appetizer, not only because it’s filling but also it complements just about anything that accompanies or follows it. If sparkling beverages are being served, bruschetta really hits the spot, especially this tasty recipe using Gorgonzola cheese!

Homemade Sushi Rolls

By making your own sushi rolls at home, you save money and you add another craft to your list of cooking accomplishments! This is just your basic sushi recipe using tuna or salmon, rice, seaweed, wasabi and soy sauce. See detailed instructions here.

Coca-Cola Glazed Chicken Wings

We’re huge fans of chicken wings here at Bradley Smoker. Therefore, we couldn’t possibly make a list of party foods without throwing in some kind of wings recipe. Try this one out, it looks promising.

Shrimp Cocktail Sauce Recipe

Seafood is a highly popular dish on New Year’s Eve throughout the world, as it should be. Shrimp platters are always a big hit at parties and celebrations. Give this homemade cocktail recipe a try, you’ll love it!

Caramel-Hazelnut Mini Tartlets

Looking for something sweet to serve your guests this New Year’s Eve? This is it. Be sure to use a silicone mini muffin pan so that your tartlets can be removed easily. These can be made a day ahead of the festivities, which will help New Year’s Eve go more smoothly.


Bradley Smoker is a food smoking company that offers high quality food smoking products, bisquettes, cures and food smoking accessories. The above ideas and images are not our own. Give these recipes a try and let us know how they turn out!