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Easiest 3-Ingredient Party Apps

New Year’s Eve is a night to be celebrating, not stressing—even if you’re the one hosting the party. This menu of make-ahead party bites lets you spend your time mixing and mingling rather than cooking and coordinating.
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Each of these recipes has just three ingredients and requires minimal prep time, so you can keep it simple but still put out a fun and festive spread. You’ll all be snacking happily long after the ball drops.

Hummus-Stuffed Peppers

Turn the usual veggies-and-dip platter into a fun all-in-one snack. Halved mini sweet peppers are the perfect vessel for creamy hummus—and this clever hack makes it easier for party guests to grab each bite off buffet trays.

Mini Pierogies

Frozen pierogies go from an easy weeknight dinner to a big-time party pleaser when brushed with garlicky pesto and baked until sizzling. Double up on the pesto by swirling it into sour cream for an easy dipping sauce.

Brie-Filled Dates

Some hors d’oeuvres never go out of style—like this addictive combination of creamy cheese, sweet dried fruit, and salty cured meat. Instead of the usual bacon, wrapping dates in prosciutto gives this version an easy upgrade.

Sweet and Savory Mini Meatballs

Korean barbecue sauce is a little sweet, a little spicy, and just enough to give the classic meatball appetizer a new twist. Serve these poppable bites on their own, or with lettuce wraps for a heartier option.

Blue Cheese Tartlets

Take a shortcut to great-looking hors d’oeuvres with flaky store-bought phyllo tart shells. Filled with sweet candied nuts and creamy blue cheese, these mini tartlets make a special night feel even more fancy.

Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Surprisingly rich chicken and kale sausage and garlic- and herb-seasoned breadcrumbs are the flavor secrets inside these stuffed mushrooms. If you’re feeling even more luxurious, sprinkle them with grated Pecorino before serving.

Chorizo in a Blanket

Who can resist the classic pigs-in-a-blanket appetizer? No one! And they’ll really love this version, with spicy and smoky Spanish chorizo standing in for the traditional cocktail wiener wrapped in buttery puff pastry.

Guacamole Bites

Gluten-free plantain chips add a tropical twist to this colorful, low-carb snack. Simply pipe prepared guacamole onto each chip and sprinkle fresh pomegranate seeds on top for a fresh presentation.

Smoked Salmon Bagel Chips

They look impressive, but these budget-friendly bites manage to make a little smoked salmon go a long way. Thin ribbons of smoked salmon piled onto cream cheese-smeared bagel chips are perfect with sparkling wine or any fizzy drink.

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