For most New Year’s Eve parties, the cocktails and the champagne take center stage but what you serve for dinner can either make or break the party! Decide ahead of time how fancy you want to go when it comes to the main dish. There is absolutely nothing wrong with hiring a caterer to bring in the meal and this will free you up to truly enjoy your guests and the evening. If you do wish to spend some time in the kitchen, we have provided you with a wonderful menu that will impress your guests with your culinary abilities!
Fill a large ring mold with water and freeze overnight. Turn the mold over and invert the ice ring onto a platter and return to freezer. When ready to serve, put cocktail sauce in the center of the mold and place shrimp over the edges of the ice ring.
2 small onions
2 C. water
½ t. salt
2 ½ C. instant mashed potatoes
2 T. chicken bouillon
4 C. whole milk
2 C. cream chopped chives
Combine onion, bouillon, water, and salt in large kettle. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add milk and potatoes. Whip until fluffy. Gradually stir in remaining milk, heat just to boiling point, and remove from heat. Cover and chill in refrigerator. Just before serving, stir in cold cream, beating vigorously with a fork until blended. Serve topped with chopped chives. Makes 12 servings.
Filet of Beef
6 lbs. beef tenderloin
1 lb. bacon
Place bacon strips on top of beef and roast at 325 degrees for approximately 2 ½ hours. Cut into thick slices to serve. For mushroom sauce, add one pound of fresh, sliced sautéed mushrooms to one large bottle of mushroom sauce. Heat thoroughly in a pot, and pour over beef slices before serving. Makes 12 servings.
Buttered Red Potatoes
12 small red potatoes, peeled
½ C. melted butter
Boil potatoes until tender. Serve covered with butter and parsley.
Asparagus Tips With Hollandaise Sauce
This is a very elegant dish that requires little work!
3 lbs. frozen asparagus tips
2 bottles of hollandaise sauce
Cook asparagus according to directions on package. Pour Hollandaise sauce over asparagus as it is served onto guests’ plates!
2 T. cocoa
1/8 t. salt
1 C. whole almonds
1 pkg. (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chips
2 ½ sticks unsalted butter
1 ½ C. sugar
1 C. flour
2 pints chocolate sorbet
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat ½ cup of water to simmering. Stir in cocoa and salt, let cool. Grease 10″ springform pan. Grind almonds and chocolate separately in a food processor; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in almonds and chocolate. Beat in flour. Add cocoa mixture; stir well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 35-45 minutes, until inserted wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack 1 hour. Remove cake from pan; cool on rack 1 hour more. With 2 ½” cookie cutter, cut 12 circles from cake. Place each on a dessert plate; top with a small scoop of sorbet and a truffle, and drizzle with chocolate sauce.
Once the dessert has been served, bring out a tray of dessert cheeses such as French brie, American Liederkranz, Gouda, and Gruy’ere. If you served wine during the meal, return to champagne at this point.
Family Party Food Ideas
Food is important at a New Year’s Eve party, and the most important aspect is to make sure it is fun and easy to eat! Your guests will probably munch all evening, so be sure to have lots of snacks located around your home in convenient locations! A buffet table usually works best for an informal setting such as this. Here are some ideas for themes to center your food around:
Make Your Own Pizzas
Food From the Far East
Pasta, Pasta, and More Pasta
Chicken Wings and Fries
New Year’s Cake
Kids love nothing better than cake for dessert, and we have a cake that is perfect for a celebration full of confetti!
Here is the recipe:
1 Angel Food Cake
White frosting – your choice of recipe
¼ C. colored candy sprinkles
Bake and frost the cake. Add the “confetti” sprinkles to the entire cake! Stick our Milky Way Garland (cut into 6-8 inch strands) out the center of the cake and curl the ends to make it appear to be “bursting” out of the cake!
Make a box of bubbly Jell-O according to the directions on a box of Sparkling White Grape Jell-O®. Be sure to use ginger ale or club soda to get the gelatin to really sparkle! The fun in this food is to chill the Jell-O® in some of our Flutes! These are very festive and a delicious choice for young and old!
Please note that if alcohol is not something that you wish to serve at your party, there are several non-alcoholic sparkling ciders and grape juices that can be substituted instead!
Check out all of our New Year’s Eve Party Supplies for more ideas and decorations!