Note: This page features fun fusion and Asian-inspired fare (such as Crab Rangoon) along with Chinese spring rolls, dumplings and spareribs. If you're looking strictly for more authentic Chinese recipes, see Chinese New Years Appetizers
1. Egg Rolls
3. PotstickersThese popular dumplings, steamed on one side and pan-fried on the other, are very easy to make. Choose from Potstickers with Prawn and Cilantro, a basic potsticker recipe with ground pork and Napa cabbage, or a Vegetarian Potstickers with tofu. Serve Potstickers with Soy Sauce With Ginger, Hot Chili Oil or Dumpling Dipping Sauce
Top Picks: Potstickers
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5. Crab RangoonCrab Rangoon is a fusion recipe invented by chefs at Trader Vic's chain of restaurants. Crab Rangoon is made by filling wonton wrappers with a mixture of crab meat, cream cheese and seasonings and deep-frying. A simpler version, Baked Crab Rangoon, is made by heating the dip and serving them on baked wonton.
Top Picks: Crab Rangoon
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7. Spring RollsSpring rolls are an excellent choice for a New Years celebration, as they symbolize wealth for the coming year. Try Cantonese Spring Rolls, Mini Spring Rolls, or Vegetable Spring Rolls. Serve Spring Rolls with soy sauce or Chinese Hot Mustard for dipping.
Top Picks: Spring Rolls
Top Picks: Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts Need a bit of extra help? Here are step by step instructions, with photos, showing how to make Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
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Don't leave all your preparations until the last minute. Most of the appetizers can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen.
You can make things easier by including some premade appetizers - pre-made Chinese dumplings can be found in the freezer section of Asian markets and many supermarkets.
More Chinese Recipes for New Years Eve:
Romantic Dinner for Two
Main New Years Eve Page