A first round of cocktails at home on New Year’s Eve can be a glorious thing — as long as there’s good noshing at hand. Any of these can be made faster than you can fit in a last-minute holiday manicure or dog walk.
Cheesy Spinach Balls. A great way to use up that leftover stuffing mix. Make them ahead, in minutes.
Truffle Puffs . Just the sound of them is enticing. These can be done in advance, too.
Wonton Crisps With Smoked Salmon and Wasabi . Takes minimal kitchen skills, with great flavor.
Mini Steak ‘n’ Cheeses . A satisyfing bite.
Pistachio-Crusted Tuna With Olive Oil . Looks like you spent hours, and leftovers can be made into a salad for New Year’s brunch; pictured at right.
Chicken Tikka Masala Turnovers . Takes just three ingredients, all avaiable at Trader Joe’s.
Stuffed Dates . No cooking. Sweet.
Green Curry Aioli . Serve with crudites or baked pita chips.
Warm Scallion Crab Dip With Wonton Chips . This doubles easily to serve a crowd; less-expensive backfin crab meat’s just fine to use here.
Chocolate Grapes . A classic, can’t-miss, foolproof, much-acclaimed snack that takes 10 minutes max.