The tradition of ringing in the New Year with a night out on the town has its appeal, but there’s something about forgoing the bar crowds, overbooked restaurants, and traffic jams for a more private affair. Whether you’re attending a gathering at a friend’s house or playing host yourself, the key to a good party (besides the booze) is keeping hungry guests happy with a variety of munchies that look as good as they taste. We know how challenging it can be to feed a diverse crowd with different tastes, preferences, and dietary leanings, which is why we scoured the internet for 12 tried-and-true vegan recipes to help you win over your best buds. Pair these snacks with our favorite New Year’s Eve vegan cocktail recipes for a night you’ll never forget.
1. The Ultimate Vegan Party Platter
An epic snack board of salty and savory flavors is a must at any party because it allows guests to graze at their leisure throughout the night. Plus, it looks professional-level impressive. Better than a traditional charcuterie board, this one is filled with items such as dried fruit, veggie sticks, olives, vegan cheese, crackers, and dips. The key to building the perfect platter is incorporating a variety of colors and flavors. Build it right and watch your guests devour every bite.
2. Nashville Hot Cauliflower Bites
Cauliflower florets make a superb substitute for chicken wings. Coated and baked in the right sauce, they give you that juicy, crispy, fried chicken taste without hurting an animal. This particular recipe has a kick of heat that will have your party pals going back for more.
3. Chickpea Shawarma Dip
Hummus is a staple at every vegan party, but this dip elevates the basic and much-loved chickpea spread with the Mediterranean flavors of falafel, tabbouleh, and shwarma. Layer all the fresh, creamy, and hearty elements together for a seriously stunning centerpiece that will tempt your friends to keep dipping—so be sure to have extra pita bread on hand.
4. Vegan Chex Mix
The ultimate in snackable, this vegan Chex mix—also known as “nuts and bolts” or “bits and bites”—combines crunchy cereals, pretzels, and nuts with a salty seasoning sauce that is baked to golden perfection. Be warned: it’s addictive. You might end up eating half the batch before your guests arrive.
5. Spinach Dip
This classic party dip traditionally uses sour cream and mayonnaise, but we’ve found a healthier—and equally satisfying—option that blends tofu and zucchini with onion, garlic, and seasonings. You and your guests won’t believe it. Be sure to make this one ahead of time to allow the flavors to develop, and then serve it in a pumpernickel bread bowl for a party-perfect presentation.
6. Vegan Sausage Rolls
These puff pastry hors d’oeuvres might be small in size but they’re seriously big in flavor. Stuffed with homemade vegan sausage chorizo, they are flaky, warm, and perfectly portable. An elegant option to your party spread, these sausage rolls are indistinguishable to the real things.
7. Nutty Dark Chocolate Fudge
Among all the savory options you might want to sneak in something sweet, like this delectable chocolate fudge. This stuff is the real deal, and the best part is that, unlike other fudgy recipes, this won’t melt at room temperature, which means you can leave it out for hours without having to worry about chocolate smears all over your new vegan-leather couch.
8. Lemon Thyme & Smoked Chili Dough Balls with Dip
This homemade herb pull-apart bread will take a little more time to pull together but the results will be that much more impressive. Make this the centerpiece of your party—and don’t forget the dip!
9. Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Made using Lightlife vegan meatballs, this snack is simple to assemble. The secret is all in the sauce—and the toasted sesame seeds are a must. Pile these meatballs high on a round plate or bowl with toothpicks to make it easier for your guests to stab and grab.
10. Vegan Pizza Rolls
We bet you can’t name one person who doesn’t have a passion for pizza, which is why these hand-held rolls will be a true crowd-pleaser. Make them ahead of time and freeze them until party day to make your party prep even easier.
11. Seven Layer Dip with Buffalo Refried Beans
This sensational seven-layer dippable could fool anyone into thinking it’s loaded with dairy. Serve it in a simple glass bowl—so you can see the thick and colorful layers—surrounded by corn tortilla chips and watch your guests swoon.
12. Sushi Rolls
Sushi-making might seem intimidating but it’s easier than you think. You just need a few basic ingredients and a sushi rolling mat, and before you know it, these pretty parcels will be the star of the show.
Photo Credit: Vegan Richa
Love the plant-based lifestyle as much as we do?
Get the BEST vegan recipes, travel, celebrity interviews, product picks, and so much more inside every issue of VegNews Magazine. Find out why VegNews is the world’s #1 plant-based magazine by subscribing today!