Holiday Special – A Festive Potluck for New Year’s Eve

New YearsHow will you see in the New Year? Rocking out in Time Square? Dressed to the nines and dining on a five-course dinner in an elegant restaurant? Or comfy and cozy at a neighborhood potluck? And if it’s a potluck … do you still need help deciding what to bring?

Here are a few ideas!

Bringing an Appetizer? How about crostini with a great spread (maybe two)? Try my Smoked Salmon MousseChicken Liver Pâté, Feta & Walnuts or White Bean Hummus – your friends will thank you!

If you’ve signed up for salad duty then a Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes or my Fennel & Feta Salad.could be just the thing! For a heartier salad, Wheat Berry Salad or Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Vegetables are both good choices. Or keep it simple with a Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons.

Maybe you’ve been asked to bring a great side dish. It may depend on what your host is preparing for the main dish but who doesn’t like Mac & Cheese. Take it up a notch with my Mac & Cheese with Cauliflower & Bacon. My Decadent Cheesy Potatoes are always a hit. If you are pressed for time, Roasted Carrots with Pearl Onions are quick and easy to prep and will roast to delicious perfection while you shower and change. A bit more elegant (and time consuming), my Ratatouille Stacks are sure to impress. When it comes to delicious, you can’t beat a big pot of Caribbean Black Beans.

For dessert, finger food is always a good idea for a crowd. Everyone loves brownies, especially my Triple Threat and Peanut Butter Brownies. For a bit of fun, try my Sweet Dream Bars. And if you aren’t tired of Christmas cookies, then my Macadamia Nut Shortbread are delicious and everyone but everyone loves my Chocolate Almond Brittle.

Happy, Happy New Year and Bon Appétit!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What are you cooking for New Year’s Eve? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012/em>

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