Some will celebrate with a raucous buffet or potluck and others with an elegant sit down dinner. I’ll be off to a low-key gathering with tapas and champagne. As long as there is a fire in the fireplace, it sounds good to me. The cold was brutal today – I don’t think the temperature broke zero. (For my Swiss friends that’s 0°F or -18°C.) More cold is promised for at least a week.
Tapas for New Year’s Eve
Whether you are doing it all or you need to bring a dish to a tapas potluck … here are my suggestions:
Roasted Shrimp with Rémoulade Sauce or Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli
Spanakopita Triangles or Greek Stuffed Mushrooms or … Savory Galette with Spinach, Mushrooms & Manchego
Butternut Squash Tartlets or Butternut Squash Crostini with Goat Cheese & Balsamic Reduction
Crostini with Fig, Stilton and Walnuts or Crostini with Beef Tenderloin & Stilton or Mushroom Crostini
Fill out the menu with a beautiful platter or two. Try smoked salmon with all the fixings or Gravlax with Tarragon-Caper Mustard Sauce and some a delicious artisanal cheese and charcuterie board.
Say goodnight (before or after midnight) with a sweet treat:
Triple Chocolate Parfait in tiny dessert glasses, Pot de Crème (Chocolate Cream) or White Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin-Ginger Mousse or Maple Mousse with Apple Compote
Citrus & Spice Sugar Cookies or Almond Macarons with Chocolate-Raspberry Ganache or Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies or Macadamia Nut Shortbread (or all of the above!)
A Festive Buffet or Potluck for New Year’s Eve
Start with a lovely salad:
Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes or Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons or Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad
Mixed Greens with Gorgonzola & Walnuts or Rainbow Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette or Radicchio, Fennel, and Arugula Salad
A heart soup or chili will be welcome on a brutally cold night:
Hearty Black Bean Soup or White Bean Soup with Sweet Potato and Wilted Greens
Cheddar Ale Soup or Potato & Cheddar Soup or Sausage, Kale & Potato Soup
Harira (Middle Eastern Soup with Chicken, Chick-Peas and Lentils) or Curried Chicken & Lentil Soup or French Lentil Soup with Chicken & Sausage
Nana Nye’s Prize-Winning Fish Chowder or Spicy Shrimp Chowder
Chili Con Carne or Red Bean Chili with Pork & Butternut Squash or my favorite Pumpkin Chili with Turkey & Black Beans
Now, for dessert? How about …
Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Icing or Apple Bread Pudding
Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes or Frosty the Snowman Cupcakes or
Gingerbread Cupcakes or Mini Chocolate-Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Cheesecake Brownies or Espresso Brownies or Triple Threat Brownies
And How About a Cozy but Elegant Dinner Party?
Pass Savory Blinis with Smoked Salmon & Caviar
Come to the table for Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad
Move on to Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Mushroom Sauce, Twice-Baked Potatoes and Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions …or… the simplicity of an almost one-dish wonder Braised Lamb with Artichokes & Mushrooms & Creamy Polenta
Either way … try my White Chocolate & Cranberry Trifle for a grand finish.
However you spend it, have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and bon appétit!