Savoury Appetisers for New Year’s Eve

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Savoury Appetisers for New Years Eve - It's Not Complicated Recipes #canapes #newyear #newyearpartyfood #savoury #appetisers #easycanapes #starters #partyfood

Welcome the New Year in style with these stylish and delicious Savoury Appetisers.

We wanted to share some of our favourite recipes with you – and best of all, they can be prepared in advance, leaving you a relaxed host.

New Year’s Eve is arguably the most festive night of the year. These simple, yet special, party food suggestions are a great way to start the year right.

Whether you’re planning an intimate celebration or a large gathering these Savoury Appetisers will be a hit at your party.

If hosting a large party, my preference is for a buffet.  A buffet is one of the easiest ways of entertaining. Set out the food on a table and let your guests help themselves.

Enjoy these Savoury Appetisers, and check back in tomorrow for a selection of Sweet Treats which will be the perfect addition to your New Year’s Eve party.

Xx Alex and Faye

P.S. Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Top Ten Recipes of 2018!

Smoked Salmon Bread Tartlets - It's Not Complicated Recipes #canapes #starters #salmon #fish #salmoncanapes #easystarter #fishrecipes

These Smoked Salmon Bread Tartlets make the perfect Savoury Appetiser. They’re so simple to make, and the bread cases can be prepared the day before your party and stored in an airtight container.

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Smoked Salmon Bread Tartlets

Entertaining is simple with these easily made bread cases which are filled with smoked salmon and a tasty dressing.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Universal
Keyword savoury, tartlets
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 tartlets
Calories 81 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

Bread Cases

  • 12 slices white or wholemeal sandwich bread thinly sliced with crusts removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (or olive oil spray)

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup good quality egg mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp prepared horseradish (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp dill finely chopped
  • black pepper freshly ground

Topping

  • 150 g smoked salmon
  • 1 tbsp dill for garnish
  • 2 tsp baby capers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  2. Use a sharp knife to remove the crusts from 12 slices of bread. Using a rolling pin, roll each bread slice to flatten as thinly as possible. Using a 6cm/2 ½” round cookie cutter, cut 2 rounds from each slice.

  3. Brush the bread rounds on both sides with olive oil or spray each side with olive oil. Firmly press the bread rounds into two 12-hole patty tins.

  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes, turning pans halfway through cooking, until the cases are lightly browned.

    Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  5. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, prepared horseradish, dill and black pepper in a small bowl. Adjust seasoning to taste, adding more horseradish, pepper or dill as required.


  6. Cut smoked salmon slices into 2 ½ cm/1” wide x 5 cm/2” strips. Arrange folds of salmon in each bread case.

  7. Spoon about a teaspoon of cream mixture onto the salmon. Serve topped with a sprig of dill and a couple of baby capers, if using.


  8. Serve as soon as possible after assembling.

Recipe Notes

  1. For easy entertaining you can make the filling and bread cases a day ahead. Store the bread cases in an airtight container. Cover the filling then refrigerate.
  2. Although the bread does not have to be completely fresh, it must not be dry as it will be difficult to roll.
  3. With mayo or sour cream based fillings it’s best to not prepare the cases too far in advance as the toasts will soften.
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Salmon Bread Tartlets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 81 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 28mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Thai Style Chicken and Noodle Meatballs | It's Not Complicated Recipes #chicken #noodles #chickenrecipes #glutenfree #meatballs #appetiser #canape #sweetchillisauce

These exotic and fragrant Thai Style Chicken & Noodle Meatballs are oven baked and full of flavour. They are a tasty Savoury Appetiser to serve at your New Year’s Eve celebration. Make a big batch and freeze some for your next event! (They will last up to a month in the freezer, and are always good to have on hand.)

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Thai Style Chicken & Noodle Meatballs

I think you will enjoy the beautiful, fresh Thai flavours in these easily made meatballs.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Keyword asian, chicken, gluten free, meatballs, thai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 56 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 20 gm mung bean vermicelli noodles
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves and some stems
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf centre vein removed and the leaf chopped finely
  • 50 ml coconut cream
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp red curry paste – I use Mae Ploy – if using other brands you may need more
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 500 gm chicken mince
  • 1 small carrot finely grated

Instructions

  1. Soak the vermicelli noodles in cold water until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain them then pour on boiling water. Stand for about 2 minutes or until soft. Drain completely, turn onto a chopping board and cut into lengths about 3 cm. Set aside.

  2. Grease two 12-hole mini muffin pans.
  3. Preheat oven to 190 Degrees C (370 F).

  4. In a small food processor blend the coriander, kaffir lime leaf, coconut cream, fish sauce, lime juice, curry paste and crushed garlic until the herbs are finely chopped.
  5. Pour into a mixing bowl, add the grated carrot, vermicelli noodles and chicken mince. Mix well.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the two muffin tins, filling them to the top of each hole.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Turn onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve immediately or refrigerate if using later.

Recipe Notes

The meatballs can be served at room temperature or warmed through slightly in a covered oven proof dish in the oven or microwave. For easy entertaining, I serve the meatballs with sweet chilli dipping sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Thai Style Chicken & Noodle Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 60mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 510IU10%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A Savoury Appetiser doesn’t get much easier than my Pepperoni Pastries. These two ingredient canapes can be served hot from the oven, or at room temperature – and are delicious either way!

5 from 30 votes
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Pepperoni Pastries

Just two ingredients to a fantastic canape that will be a hit with family and friends!

Course Appetizer, Nibbles, Starter
Cuisine Italian
Keyword delicious, easy, nibbles, pastries, pastry, pepperoni, salami, simple
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 312 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 140 g salami or pepperoni
  • 180 g butter puff pastry I used one sheet of Pampas

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 220 Degrees C (430 F)

  2. Using a cookie or pastry cutter, cut small rounds of pastry out – the size may depend on the size of the pepperoni/salami you are using. 

    For this recipe, I used a 5cm cutter. It yields approximately 20 pastries from one sheet of puff pastry.

    Prick the pastry a couple of times with a fork.

  3. Slice your salami into thin slices. 

  4. Top pastry with salami.

  5. Bake for 10 minutes. Place on a cooling rack if not serving immediately, otherwise – enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

– I used one sheet of Pampas Butter Puff Pastry for this recipe

– Would also be delicious with a dollop of basil pesto on top!

– Are lovely cold, as well as straight from the oven 

Nutrition Facts
Pepperoni Pastries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 722mg31%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Protein 8g16%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Asparagus wrapped in cheesy filo pastry is a Savoury Appetiser worthy of a special celebration but easy enough to prepare for casual drinks at home or as a snack. I know you will enjoy the tender asparagus inside the cheesy, crispy filo shell. If you would prefer a vegan option, switch out the Parmesan for a vegan cheese, or some mustard.

5 from 28 votes
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Asparagus and Parmesan Filo Rolls

Asparagus wrapped in cheesy filo pastry is an appetiser worthy of a special celebration but easy enough to prepare for casual drinks at home or as a snack. I know you will enjoy the tender asparagus inside the cheesy, crispy filo shell. It’s a great way to enjoy this very seasonal vegetable.

Course Appetizer, Canape, Entree, Snack
Cuisine Australian
Keyword asparagus, delicious, easy, filo pastry, parmesan, simple, vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 Filo Rolls
Calories 71 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 sheets Filo pastry defrost overnight if frozen *
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 9 asparagus spears medium sized – washed and ends trimmed *
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Balsamic Glaze to serve optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees C (350 F)

  2. Remove one sheet of filo pastry and lay it on your work surface. 

    Ensure that the remainder of the filo is covered with cling wrap and a damp tea towel.*

    Brush the filo with a layer of olive oil.

  3. Place another layer on top and repeat with the oil, cheese and pepper until you have 3 layers.

  4. Cut the filo into 5 equal strips and then through the centre so you have 10 rectangles.

  5. Position an asparagus spear on the bottom edge of one of the filo rectangles and roll it up. Brush the tips of the asparagus and the top of the pastry with olive oil and place the rolls on a baking paper lined sheet pan, seam side down.*

  6. Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.

  7. Serve hot with Balsamic Glaze.

Recipe Notes

*See advice in the notes above regarding defrosting filo pastry. You need to prepare this a day in advance. Fresh filo pastry can be used immediately.

*Always cover the dough you aren’t currently using. It will dry out very quickly, becoming brittle to the touch and impossible to work with.

*The end of the asparagus is almost always woody and tough and needs to be removed. To do this, hold the end of the asparagus with both hands, between your thumb and forefinger, and bend until it breaks. The tough, woody end will automatically break off leaving you with the tender part. Or, as I do, line the asparagus up so the tips are level. You will be able to see how much of the bottom of the spear is woody, usually about 3 ½ cm/1 ½”. Just cut this off.

*Don’t worry if the pastry tears. Just brush oil on it and layer on another sheet. If it tears while you are rolling just continue. It will be fine.

*If preparing in advance, place the rolls on a plate and cover well with cling wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake.

*The number of rolls you make will, of course, depend on the number of spears in your bunch of asparagus. For this recipe, I had 9.

Nutrition Facts
Asparagus and Parmesan Filo Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts | It's Not Complicated Recipes #cheese #bluecheese #easyrecipes #canapes #puffpastry #tarts

My Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts are an elegant Savoury Appetiser, that is complimented perfectly with a glass of bubbles!

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Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts

Quick to make and so tasty – a fabulous appetiser! 

Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Keyword appetizer, cheese, nibbles, savoury, small bites, tarts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 445 kcal
Author Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 75 g blue cheese
  • 2 tbsp cream pouring
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp chives finely chopped
  • 1-2 sheets puff pastry (depending on size)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 Degrees C (390 F). If the pastry is frozen, remove it from the freezer shortly before preparing the filling. (Don’t remove it too early or it will be difficult to cut neatly. The pastry will have a better texture if it is still chilled when placed in the oven.)

  2. Lightly grease the tin/patty pans. 

  3. Put all the above ingredients into a food processor and blend until thoroughly mixed.

  4. When the pastry has just defrosted, using a 6 cm cookie cutter, cut rounds of pastry and put into prepared tin/patty pans, gently pushing the pastry down into place. 

  5. Place about 1 tbsp of filling into the pastry and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the filling puffs and becomes golden brown. 

  6. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before removing and placing on a wire rack to cool and store – or serve warm immediately. (Re-heat very well, also!)

Nutrition Facts
Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Tarts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 432mg19%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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54 Comments on “Savoury Appetisers for New Year’s Eve”

  1. Being a foodie guy I love Smoked Salmon Bread Tartlets and almost all the mentioned recipes are delicious to even look so tasting them is more than imagination 😉

  2. 5 stars
    Great ideas! I especially love the asparagus and parmesan. I make that all the time and its always a hit! I especially love how they really arent complicated. I will try some of your other ideas.

  3. 5 stars
    What a delicious looking batch of appetizers! My kids would go crazy for the pepperoni puffs, and since they’re only two ingredients I can see myself actually making those for them. Thanks for including the recipes right inside this post!

  4. 5 stars
    I was shocked to see how surprisingly simple these will be to make. I will have to switch up a few ingredients but still seems doable and definitely YUMMY!

  5. These all look really yummy and easy to make. I love finding new recipes. The Pepperoni Pastry will be loved in my home. Thank you for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    Those all look so cute and fun! The asparagus and parmesan filo rolls sound amazing. My mom would usually make a bean, mango, cilantro, and corn salad for New Year’s (and other occasions) and it was always really good.

  7. 5 stars
    Wow, what a delicious round up of appetisers. Perfect for my New Year’s Eve celebration – I will be making a few of these without a doubt!

  8. Yum! All of these look so tasty! My gran always made the asparagus one, and I’ve missed it — I’m going to add it to my own repertoire to remind me of her. Thank you for these awesome ideas! I’ve pinned them for later!

  9. Hi Alex, Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was just talking to my boss about what I want to do for New Years 1 hour ago. So happy we found each other. I am going to make the Asparagus and Parmesan Filo Rolls because it looks yummy and fun for my toddler to try. 🙂

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