Holiday Special – New Year’s Eve

New YearsRomantic dinner, an open house with a cast of thousands or binge-watching Game of Thrones or Downton Abbey and a bowl of popcorn … how will you spend New Year’s Eve?

In or out, big or small, potluck or the entire meal, I’m happy offer a few suggestions. Whether you need every dish from start to finish, something for that pot luck or a tasty gift for your host; let’s get started!

Want something a little special to nibble before dinner? Everyone likes scrimp and they’ll love my Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli. Or give my Zucchini Pancakes with a dab of Tapenade or Spanakopita Triangles a try. Hmm, how about crostini? I can recommend Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction or maybe you’d prefer my Mushroom Crostini with Pancetta & Fontina.

How about a salad? Try my Lemony Kale & Radicchio Salad, Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad or Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad . Any and all will be delicious and look beautiful on a buffet table.

When it come to the main course, are you thinking comfy and casual for New Year’s Eve? For a big crowd, you can’t beat chili. How about … Chili Con Carne , Winter Vegetable Chili or Chicken Chili?

Perhaps you’d prefer something a bit more elegant? Instead of mugs of chili by the fireplace, gather round the table. How about Pork Tenderloin with White Wine and Mushroom Sauce and a Cheesy GratinCreole Shrimp with Cheesy Grits or Seared Salmon with Lentils and Spinach? (If you are superstitious, lentils are good luck and a favorite for New Year’s festivities.)

For dessert … If you are on a cozy track, how about a warm and wonderful Apple Crisp, a fiery Bananas Foster or a comfy Cranberry Clafoutis.

For a more elegant sweet, try my Lavender Infused White Chocolate Crème, Ginger Crème Brûlée or a decadent Triple Chocolate Parfait.

And if you need a gift to bring along for your hosts? After a busy day preparing for a party, they will love a lazy morning. Bring one of my Cranberry Coffee Cake along to enjoy on New Year’s morning.

Have a Happy New Year celebration with family and friends and bon appétit!

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

How will you celebrate the New Year? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! © Susan W. Nye, 2015

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