Why Fresh Produce Appetizers?
Rather than serving the expected fried foods or heavy bites that can leave everyone feeling sluggish, go for fresh produce appetizers this New Year’s Eve.
Not only are fruits and vegetables more nutritious than traditional party foods, but they also allow the natural flavors and colors to shine. Produce that’s in season now also costs less than out-of-season items, saving you money.
Simple Veggie Platters
Vegetable Crudités with Dips
For deeper flavors, try roasting vegetables like beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, or delicata squash. Toss the chopped veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper before roasting. The high oven heat caramelizes natural sugars and intensifies flavors. Arrange the cooled roasted veggies on a platter alongside this ginger maple dipping sauce for a tasty way to showcase winter produce.
Fruits as Appetizers
Fruit Skewers with Dip
Ambrosia Fruit Salad
This classic, crowd-pleasing fruit salad has stood the test of time for good reason. Sweet segments of orange and berries combined with coconut flakes, marshmallows, and sometimes mini marshmallows for texture and tropical flavor. Topping it off with a dash of rum or splash of orange liqueur takes this ambrosia fruit salad to the next level.
Baked Brie with Fruit Toppings
A whole wheel of brie cheese baked until just melted, topped with spiced fruit makes for an elegant appetizer perfect for New Year’s Eve entertaining. Try topping with thin apple slices, figs, cranberries, apricots, or cherries before baking. Then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with nuts or herbs once out of the oven. Serve with slices of baguette or crackers. The combination of warm, creamy cheese and sweet fruits is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Herbed Cheese and Crackers
Whipped Feta with Herbs
Mixing feta cheese with olive oil, lemon zest, and herbs like dill or mint gives it an airy texture perfect for spreading onto pita chips, crostini slices, or veggie slices. For extra credit, make the pita chips and crostini yourself. It’s simple, cheaper than store-bought, and you can season or top them just how you like.
Ricotta with Honey and Nuts
Ricotta cheese also works beautifully as a herbed spread. Beat together whole milk ricotta, honey, lemon zest, thyme, or rosemary until light and fluffy. Top with chopped pistachios, walnuts, or almonds for crunch. Serve with an assortment of crispy crackers or bread rounds. The flavor combinations are endlessly adaptable for creating easy yet impressive appetizers.
Goat Cheese with Fruit Jam
Easy Dips and Spreads
Avocado Basil Dip
Red Pepper Walnut Spread
Curried Carrot Hummus
Source Fresh Ingredients for Your Party
Take advantage of all the seasonal produce nature offers this time of year when planning New Year’s Eve appetizers. Vibrant, nourishing fruits and vegetables allow for lighter offerings guests will appreciate as you celebrate the start of a healthy, happy new year.
When selecting ingredients for your appetizers, seek out fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables from trusted local providers like Fresh Farms. Our commitment to sustainable agriculture and extensive produce selection makes shopping for your New Year’s Eve party a breeze. Browse our seasonal offerings today to start the new year off deliciously and responsibly.