Playing host on New Year’s Eve can be tough. Since it’s right on the heels of Christmas and Hanukkah, stressing out over another major event (not to mention, spending more money) is probably the last thing you want to do. Thankfully, Trader Joe’s offers a one-stop shop for all your NYE food needs that will help you ring in 2020 with a bang without putting much of a dent in your wallet. From snacks, passed apps, mains, dessert, and of course, bubbly, you’ll be able to serve up a simple-to-prepare spread that is fun and affordable.
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White Truffle Potato Chips
It’s always a smart plan to have some grazeable snack options, especially when the booze is flowing (which is almost a certainty on New Year’s Eve). Consider these upscale potato chips which pack a salty, umami punch. They’re delicious on their own but if you want to amp up the decadence, pairing them with Trader Joe’s cheesy Truffle Dip wouldn’t hurt.
Step Up to the Snack Bar Mix
Don’t let the unassuming container fool you. Eating Step Up to the Snack Bar Mix is like having a thrilling street dance-off in your mouth. This crazy mashup has it all: sweet, savory, spicy, crunchy. It’s also extremely addictive.
If you want to curate your own antipasto platter, Trader Joe’s offers a wide assortment of charcuterie, cheese, and vegetables. But if you aren’t particularly discerning, simply go for this package which covers all the essentials. Included are a pair of meats (pepper-cured Italian dry salami and mild salami nuggets), mixed olives, and TJ’s beloved Unexpected Cheddar, which could pass as an aged Parmesan. Don’t forget the crackers.
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French Onion Soup Bites
It’ll likely be chilly on the final day of December, ideal weather for a warm bowl of soup. But since that would be a burden to prepare and serve, these juicy two-biters are the perfect alternative. It’s basically the French version of a soup dumpling, with caramelized onions, gooey swiss cheese, and vegetable broth housed in a crunchy wrapper. You may want to buy a few extra packages of these because they’re sure to be snatched up quickly.
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Crispy Rice Salmon Bites
You can never have too many different bites at a New Year’s Eve party and thankfully Trader Joe’s has plenty of options to choose from. Consider this relatively new offering which falls into the upscale end of the passed app spectrum. The flavor veers towards Japanese, with chunks of salmon covered in a flour and rice batter studded with white and black sesame seeds. After 14 to 17 minutes in the oven, these crispy, crunchy delights will be ready to serve with a side of spicy, creamy dynamite sauce which is included in the package.
Frenched Lamb Rack
If you really want to impress, lamb chops are usually a great bet and Trader Joe’s offers an antibiotic-free New Zealand rack. Sure, you’ll have to add a few extra ingredients but if you follow our Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb recipe it will be a cinch to prepare. The dish fits the bill as a main or you can cut up individual chops and serve them as appetizers. Either way, they’ll help elevate your New Year’s soiree.
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Uncured Bacon Wrapped Porchetta
Enjoy some tasty pig on pig action with this hearty stunner. Though it may be a tired cliche by now, bacon does indeed make everything better, particularly when wrapped around an herb-rubbed pork roast. Pop it in the oven and in less than an hour, this crispy, succulent marvel will be ready to carve. Why not enjoy one final huge indulgence before your 2020 diet resolution kicks in the next morning?
La Burgondie Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve
Champagne may seem like a New Year’s must but the often exorbitant price tag can be hard to swallow. Instead, opt for this well-reviewed bottle of French bubbly as a stand-in for your midnight toast. It’s a fraction of the cost and your friends and family probably won’t even know the difference.
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Mini Cheesecake Cones
Direct from Italy, these hand-held treats will provide a memorable end to your meal. Easily mistaken for an ice cream cone or cannoli, they’re actually rolled-up Florentine cookies stuffed with a sweet and tangy mixture of buffalo milk ricotta and the delightfully-named quark cheese. You’ll find the Mini Cheese Cake Cones in the Trader Joe’s frozen dessert section—don’t forget to defrost them at least 20 minutes before serving.
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