10 quick & easy hors d’oeuvres for New Year’s Eve

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.


(James M. Thresher for The Washington Post)

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.

Bonnie S. Benwick has the job most envied among cocktail-party conversations. If they only knew ... Cook with her each week at Dinner in Minutes: washingtonpost.com/recipes.
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