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Top 11 New Years Eve Party Recipes - Chinese Appetizer Recipes


Finger foods are a must at any New Years Eve celebration. Here are a number of appetizers that will help make your gathering a success.
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

Home cooked baked crisp pork and Asian vegetable egg roll served with sauces
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Egg rolls are made with a thicker wrapper than spring rolls. See also Chicken Egg Rolls.Serve Egg Rolls with soy sauce or Chinese Hot Mustard for dipping.

2. Spareribs

Honey Garlic Spareribs
There are a number of Chinese spareribs to choose from, including classic Cantonese Honey Garlic Spareribs (pictured in the photo), spicy Salt and Pepper Spareribs, Spareribs With Black Bean Sauce, Hawaiian Luau Barbecued Ribs, and more.

Top Picks: Spareribs

3. Potstickers

These 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

4. Asian-inspired Chicken Liver Appetizer

French and Chinese cuisine come together in this recipe for pate with cream cheese, dried orange peel, oyster sauce, and cilantro.

Top Picks: Oriental Pate

5. Crab Rangoon

Crab 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

6. Hoisin Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are marinated in a sweet and spicy mixture of hoisin sauce, honey, ginger, and green onion in this easy recipe.

Top Picks: Hoisin Chicken Wings

7. Spring Rolls

Spring 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

8. Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts

This simple appetizer is easy to make - water chestnuts are marinated in soy sauce, then rolled in brown sugar, wrapped in bacon and baked.

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

9. Lettuce Wraps

Got leftover chicken? Stir-fry it with vegetables in an oyster-flavored sauce and wrap "taco style" in lettuce.

Top Picks: Lettuce Wraps

10. Paper Wrapped Chicken

Guests have the fun of unwrapping their food in this popular Chinese appetizer, also called "Gift-Wrapped Chicken." The recipe includes instructions for deep-frying or baking.

Top Picks: Paper Wrapped Chicken

11. Firecracker Shrimp

This 5-star rated recipe from Leann Chin includes a simple dipping sauce.

Top Picks: Firecracker Shrimp

Final Thoughts:

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.

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