Our Five Best New Year's Eve (NYE) Appetizer Ideas

If you've been wracking your brain for New Year's Eve appetizer ideas, look no further. We've got five easy exciting recipes so you can savor every moment of your New Year's Eve bash!


Cocktail Meatballs


  • 1 lb. ground beef (lean)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (brown)
  • 3 tbsp. onion (minced)
  • 1 egg (large)
  • ½ cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 8-ounce can cranberry sauce
  • 6 honey ham slices (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  • In a bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, water, onion, and egg until blended. Form into 1-inch meatballs and place on greased baking sheets. Bake for 20 minutes or so, turning once. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan, stir in the chili sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and cranberry sauce over low heat for 10 minutes or until smooth.
  • Add in your meatballs and simmer for 45 minutes or until the sauce is thickened and glazed. If you're looking to add a bit of smokey goodness to your dish, wrap each meatball in a honey ham slice before adding it to the sauce.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature on toothpicks with extra sauce if desired. Enjoy!


Irish-Style Nachos 


  • 3/4 cup corned beef, chopped roughly
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (we like sharp but use your favorite)
  • 1 lb. potatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil (with an additional tbsp. to toss the potatoes with)
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 pepper, seeded (go with a Scotch bonnet pepper if you want a bit of heat, but a jalapeño still works)
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar (white vinegar works well, but we recommend white wine vinegar for an extra zing)


  • Preheat your oven to 450°F.
  • Toss the potatoes in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and a pinch of salt. Bake for 20 minutes then turn them over and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  • Using a food processor, pulse together the cilantro and pepper. Add the vinegar and oil and pulse until you get a pesto-like consistency. Set aside.
  • Once your potatoes are done, layer them with your chopped corned beef and cheese in a baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes or so, making sure the cheese is fully melted.
  • Drizzle the cilantro sauce over the top and add a sprinkle of salt before serving.


Waffle Fry Turkey Sliders


  • 1/4 lb. turkey, sliced (honey-roasted or oven-roasted turkey all work great)
  • 1 package bacon
  • 1 package waffle fries, thawed
  • 1/4 lb. cheddar cheese
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced
  • Slider buns


  • Fry up the bacon in a skillet until it is crispy. Set aside.
  • Fry the waffle fries in the same skillet until golden brown and crispy.
  • On a baking sheet, layer the waffle fries, turkey strips, bacon, tomatoes, and cheese. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve on slider buns with your favorite condiments and there you have it—one of the easiest and tastiest New Year's Eve appetizers you'll ever make!


Creamy Pastrami Party Dip


  • ½ lb. pastrami (corned beef also works)
  • 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 6 onions
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Garlic salt
  • Horseradish sauce (optional)


  • Using a food processor, pulse the pastrami with the onions until it is finely chopped.
  • In a bowl, mix the mayo and cream cheese until blended. Add in the pastrami mixture and lemon juice, stirring until all the ingredients are blended nicely.
  • Adjust seasoning with garlic salt and horseradish sauce if desired.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for a few hours to give the flavors a chance to mingle.
  • To serve, simply spoon the dip into a bowl and enjoy with your favorite chips or crackers. For a more substantial snack, serve with slices of pumpernickel, rye bread, beef jerky, or sausages. Enjoy!


Buddig Pinwheels


  • 2 packages (2 oz. each) Buddig Sliced Beef or Ham
  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp. horseradish
  • 1 tbsp. onion, grated
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste


  • In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, horseradish, onion, and Worcestershire sauce together until blended.
  • On a large cutting board or flat surface, lay out two slices of Buddig Sliced Beef or Ham side by side, slightly overlapping.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the meat slices, leaving a small border around the edges.
  • Roll up tight like a burrito, using a toothpick to secure the ends.
  • Repeat for remaining Buddig Sliced Beef or Ham.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Once chilled, slice into 1" pinwheels and serve with your favorite crackers or bread for an easy and delicious New Year's Eve appetizer!

Celebrate New Year's Eve with Flavor Bombs from Buddig

Raring to end the year with a bang?

Buddig has the perfect solution: packaged meats that cut down on the time and cost of making appetizers—without sacrificing flavor!

Whether you're looking for something hot and spicy or cool and creamy, Buddig has a variety of quality deli meats to make your holiday menu sizzle. Our lunchmeats give you everything you need to whip up classic, family-friendly appetizers in no time flat!

From traditional favorites like corned beef and pastrami to more adventurous flavors like honey ham and oven roasted turkey, You can always count on Buddig to give your New Year's Eve celebrations that extra-special kick.

Visit our website to see all the delicious possibilities!

We also have a handy store locator so you'll never have to go far to get the meats you need to turn your wildest New Year's Eve appetizer ideas into reality!

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