New Year’s Eve Party Recipes

Go all out this year and plan a New Year’s Eve party that features tasty treats that guests will remember well into the New Year. Try some different things as this is the most festive night of the year. Here are some ideas on how to present a rockin’ good time at the buffet line.

Apple Cider-Cheddar Fondue (Courtesy of the American Dairy Association)

4 cups (about 1 pound) sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded

1 teaspoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

1-1/4 cups sparkling apple cider

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

For dipping: Bite-size pieces of cooked chicken, pork sausages, waffle pieces, pizzelles (thin Italian cookies), strudel, apple wedges, cubes of cheddar cheese.

In a medium-size bowl, toss the cheese with the cornstarch.

In a medium-size, heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat the cider and lemon juice over medium heat until barely simmering. Add the cheese, a handful at a time, stirring until the cheese is melted before adding more. When all the cheese has been added, stir in the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper, to taste. Cook over low heat until thickened about 3 to 5 minutes.

Transfer fondue to an enamel or ceramic fondue pot and keep warm over a fondue burner. Serve immediately.

Makes 10 servings.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Courtesy of Pork: The Other White Meat)

Image by The Marmot on Creative Commons12 slices bacon

24 pitted dates

Cut each bacon slice in half crosswise. Place bacon on paper toweling on a microwave-safe plate; cover with another paper towel. Microwave on high 4 minutes.

Roll up each date in a piece of bacon, place bacon-wrapped dates on clean toweling on microwave-safe plate; cover with another paper towel. Microwave on high 2 minutes, until bacon is crisp.

Makes 24 appetizers.

Zesty Shrimp Spread (courtesy of

Photo by on Flickr1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 (9.75-ounce) jar shrimp sauce

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 pound cooked shrimp, finely chopped

Assorted crackers

Beat cream cheese, shrimp sauce, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper in small mixing bowl until creamy. Stir in shrimp.

Transfer to serving dish. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with crackers.

Makes 4 cups.


Swiss and Parmesan Bruschetta (Courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board)

Image by rfcm73 on Flickr1/4 cup cottage cheese

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Wisconsin Swiss cheese

1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated Wisconsin Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped green onions

1 loaf French bread

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except bread; stir to blend.

Slice French bread into 1/2 inch slices; toast.

Spread with cheese mixture.

Broil 4 to 5 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.

Serve warm.

Makes 12 servings.


Dilled Cheese Squares (Courtesy of the American Dairy Association)

Image by bfick on Creative Commons16 ounces Gouda cheese (4 cups shredded)

3 large eggs (beaten)

1/4 chopped red pepper and green onion

1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl; pour into ungreased 8-inch square baking pan.

Bake at 350°F (175°C) until puffed and lightly browned, 25 to 30 minutes.

Cool several minutes; cut into squares.

Makes 16 squares.

It isn’t hard to create an exciting arrangement of appetizers. Be sure to include several cocktail options as well as non-alcoholic beverage choices.