Welcome to Nifty, Gifty Holidays, our guide for all the little, magical ways we make the season sparkle. Today, we’re celebrating New Year's Eve with our best holiday appetizers.
“It only takes a taste to know it’s good,” Dr. Pomatter sings in Waitress, the Broadway musical. Though he's referring to his burgeoning love for the show's lead character, Jenna, the line is a good litmus test for an effective hors d'oeuvre. There’s something to be said for a small bite that, in spite of its littleness, lets you know that it tastes good.
A deviled egg, for instance. It's the perfect blank canvas for big flavor—plus, it couldn't be easier to make. The inspiration for my nori deviled eggs comes from something my mom prepared for us a lot growing up: eggs fried in soy sauce and sesame oil, fluffed into white rice, with a little nori crumbled in. There's really nothing like that nostalgic tangle of nutty sesame, salty soy, yolky egg, and savory seaweed. At the risk of sounding la-di-da, this is, truly, my Proustian madeleine.
So, should you be throwing a New Year’s Eve party (or any party!) and are in need of some impressive, crowd-pleasing appetizers, I’ve gathered 10 of our easiest and most popular recipes you can throw together before guests arrive. Because nothing rings in the new year better than a bottle of bubbly and all of the best snacks.
Community Member savorthis writes, "These are salty, sweet, fragrant, finger-licking good. You can make them in the pods, slurping the sauce clinging to the outside while stripping out the beans with your teeth."
Eric Kim is a Senior Editor at Food52, where his weekly solo dining column, Table for One, runs every Friday morning. Formerly the Digital Manager at Food Network, he writes about food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.