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5 easy last-minute New Year's Eve appetizers

Justin Chapple, host of Food & Wine's Mad Genius Tips, shows off five easy last-minute appetizers for New Year's Eve.
/ Source: TODAY Contributor

Justin Chapple, host of Food & Wine's Mad Genius Tips, shows off five easy last-minute appetizers for New Year's Eve.

1. Mini Chicken and Waffles


• All-natural frozen chicken nuggets

• All-natural frozen waffles or frozen mini waffles

• Maple syrup

Directions: Put the cooked chicken nuggets on the cooked waffles (if they're big waffles, cut them. If they're mini, use as is) and secure with a toothpick. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve.

2. 30-Second Cheese Crisps


• Large wedges of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions: Cut the cheese into 1/2-inch cubes. In batches, arrange the cubes on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until puffed and sizzling. Transfer to paper plates to drain briefly before eating.

3. DIY Garlic-and-Herb Crackers


• Saltine crackers

• Butter, melted

• Black pepper

• Dried oregano or dried thyme

Directions: Arrange saltine crackers on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush the crackers with melted butter and season with black pepper and dried herbs, like oregano or thyme. Bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned.

4. Shrimp Cocktail on Ice


• Water

• Cocktail sauce

• Poached shrimp for cocktail

Directions: Fill a bundt pan half to three-quarters full with water and freeze until solid. Dip the bottom of the pan in hot water to loosen the ice, then invert onto a plate. Invert it back into a large bowl just big enough to hold it. Put a small bowl of cocktail sauce in the center hole, then scatter/arrange the shrimp on the ice around the sauce and serve. The ice will keep the shrimp cold during a party.

5. Mini Tortilla Pizzas


• Large flour tortillas

• Canola oil or canola oil spray

• Marinara sauce

• Shredded mozzarella

• Thinly-sliced pepperoni sticks (or other jerky to make little rounds)

Directions: Using a round cookie cutter, cut out small rounds of tortilla and transfer to a baking sheet. Brush or spray with canola oil and bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned and crisp, about 12 minutes. Top with a very small amount of sauce, a little cheese and pepperoni and bake just until the cheese melts. Serve.

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