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12/31/2014 09:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

6 Party-Perfect Appetizers to Toast the New Year

1. Cheddar & Herb Cheese Straws

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These crisp and flaky cheese straws specked with fresh herbs and crushed red chili flakes make a wonderful hors d'oeuvre to go along with wine and cocktails. Though they look like bread sticks, they're actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. I find them wildly addictive and just plain fun to serve. GET THE RECIPE

2. Swedish Meatballs

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Retro they may be, but Swedish Meatballs make perfect party fare. Made from beef and pork and served in a light cream sauce, they are delicious speared with fancy toothpicks for an appetizer or served over egg noodles for dinner. GET THE RECIPE

3. Herbed Cottage Cheese Spread

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This delicious spread is adapted from the celebrated L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, VA. Served with garlic bread, it's a blend of cottage cheese, sour cream, garlic, scallions and fresh herbs that's completely irresistible. GET THE RECIPE

4. Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Red Chili Sauce

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Coconut Shrimp makes fabulous finger food for a party, especially served with this Asian-Style Slaw with Ginger-Peanut Dressing. Feel free to fry the shrimp a few hours ahead of time and reheat in the oven before serving. GET THE RECIPE

5. Maryland Crab Cakes with Quick Tartar Sauce

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Crab cakes always make an elegant appetizer for a party. These are made Maryland-style, with fresh lump crab meat and just enough filler to bind the cakes together. GET THE RECIPE

6. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas

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Adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, these crisp flour tortillas filled with gooey melted cheddar and shredded chicken in a smoky chipotle-tomato sauce are the ultimate quesadillas. GET THE RECIPE