Over 40 popular best New Year's Eve appetizers including bite-sized appys and finger foods, delicious dips, meatballs, and a few healthier options too. One of my favorite are these fried mac and cheese balls.
- 3 cups macaroni and cheese, refrigerated at least 4 hours
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 2 cups vegetable oil
- Scoop out a spoonful of mac and cheese using a cookie scoop and shape into a 1.5-inch ball. Repeat with with all mac and cheese.
- Place beaten egg into one bowl, and panko breadcrumbs into another bowl. Coat each mac and cheese ball into the eggs and then dredge in panko to fully coat.
- Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat until shimmering and sizzling hot, about 4 minutes. Carefully add the mac and cheese balls, about 4-5 at a time (you will have to fry in batches). Fry until golden and crispy on all sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. Serve hot.
Plan your menu ahead of time. You can prepare some of these New Year's Eve appetizers in advance. Some can stored in an airtight container for a few days at room temperature or in the refrigerator, and some can even be frozen, according to recipe directions.
Prep your ingredients as much as possible. Once you have decided on the dishes to serve, prepare as much as you can in advance, whether that is chopping ingredients or prepping the dish and storing in the refrigerator until ready for the oven. Any little bit that you can prepare in advance will make things much less stressful on New Year's Eve.
Set the table the night before. Take out the fancy decoration, dinnerware, flatware, glasses, placemats, and napkins and set the table early or on the night before. It's one less thing to worry about on New Year's Eve.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
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