Use New Year's Eve as an excuse to add a touch of elegance and whimsy to elevate your everyday munchies into something guests will be left raving over. Pair high-quality, refined ingredients with what you really want to eat. Choose fancy foods, such as fresh goat cheese, lobster, and buffalo, and stick them into queso, nachos, and sliders to get the best of both worlds. Splurging on the meal doesn't mean your drink variety has to suffer. Select from our list of budget-friendly sparklers that will help midnight go off without a hitch.
Goat Cheese Queso Dip with Vegetable Chips
This warm, tangy twist on fundido is perfect with sparkling wine; the bubbles help cut through the richness. We pair with veggie chips, but you can also serve with crudités for a fresher take. The dip is very easy to put together. One note on mixing: Blend the beans until they are completely smooth and puréed for the silkiest, creamiest results. You can’t overblend it, but if you stop too soon, the dip might have a few lumps. The great thing about this dip is that it can be made ahead and rewarmed when you’re ready to serve it. To reheat, stir gently over low heat until hot. For an herby version, add a generous 1⁄4 cup of a mix of chopped herbs, such as parsley, chives, and a little basil.