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New Year's Recipes and Menus

New Year's Eve and Day celebrations provide occasions to share and indulge in culinary delights, whether in a casual, party or intimate atmosphere. To that end, I have posted three very different menus with easy or make ahead recipes so you can enjoy the festivities. The first is a simple and elegant New Year's Eve Late Night Supper that features a delicious seafood pasta. The second is a New Year's Eve Party Buffet with assorted finger foods, perfect for ushering in the New Year. As for New Year's Day, tradition calls for eating certain foods which are thought to bring good luck and fortune for the upcoming year. What those foods are usually depends on family ancestry. My favorite menu is based on my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. It features pork, which is traditional because the New Year is a time to look forward and a hog, unlike other animals, cannot turn its head to look back. Sauerkraut is a must and the perfect accompaniment to the pork. And just for good measure, I include a few traditional southern dishes, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread, all of which complement the Pennsylvania Dutch foods perfectly. Good luck or not, it is all delicious.

Each menu is complete with notes and preparation tips, and every recipe includes links to similar options. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can use the search box above or browse the Recipe Files for many more choices.

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Pennsylvania Dutch
New Year's Day Dinner

New Year's Eve
Late Night Supper

Spinach Salad with Warm
Bacon Vinaigrette

served with
Cheese Twists

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Creamy Fettuccine with
Shrimp and Scallops

Roasted Butternut Squash

Sautéed Broccolini

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Angel Food Cake Layered
in Chocolate Cream

Preparation Notes

This is an easy, elegant and delicious menu that will impress your guests but requires minimal effort. Make the cheese twists up to one month ahead and freeze as directed in the recipe. One day ahead, prepare the dessert and refrigerate. On New Year's Eve morning, peel and devein the shrimp, clean the broccolini and refrigerate both until needed. Make the salad dressing and refrigerate. Bake the cheese twists, cool and store in an air-tight container. If using prewashed spinach and packaged cut squash, you are good to go. Otherwise, clean the spinach, peel and cut the squash and refrigerate both. Set the table early in the day. Before dinner, reheat the dressing, prepare the salad and serve with the cheese twists as a first course. Meanwhile, roast the squash, cook the pasta, sauce and broccolini as directed in the recipes. That is it. Relax and enjoy the festivities.

New Year's Eve Party Buffet

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Assorted Hors d'oeuvres, Spreads,
Dips, Toasts and Chips

Assorted Cheese and Crackers

Party Sandwiches
Deli Tray with Mini Sandwich Buns

Pickled Vegetables and Olives

Assorted Cookies

Assorted Beverages
Preparation Notes

My favorite New Year's Eve presentation is a buffet of finger foods that can be nibbled on throughout the evening. Choose several homemade hors d'oeuvres, dips and spreads from the links, then add a few of your favorite store-bought items. Many hors d'oeuvres can be made ahead and reheated. Dips and spreads can be refrigerated, then brought to room temperature as needed. See the recipes for details. Party sandwiches are delicious and can be made the day before, storing as indicated. Alternately, present a platter of deli meats and cheeses with rolls and condiments. If desired, purchase pastries from the bakery to serve with, or in place of, Christmas cookies remaining from holiday baking. For large parties, include beer, red and white wines, and several liquors for mixed drinks. You will need soft drinks and coffee for the children and designated drivers, as well as champagne for toasting at midnight.

New Year's Day
'Good Luck' Dinner

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Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin


Mashed Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Black-Eyed Peas

Cooked Collard Greens

Chunky Apple Sauce

Buttermilk Cornbread

Shoofly Cake
served with
Whipped Cream

Preparation Notes

My Pennsylvania Dutch heritage dictates that pork and sauerkraut be included in the New Year's Day dinner. For extra luck, I add a few southern dishes that conveniently complement the meal. The cornbread can be prepared the day before or up to one month ahead and frozen as directed in the recipe. Make the cake the day before, cool, cover and store at room temperature. The sweet potatoes can be assembled the day before and refrigerated. Cook the apples and refrigerate. New Year's Day morning, the peas and collard greens can be cooked and refrigerated, then reheated in the microwave to save space on the stovetop. Before dinner, place the apples at room temperature to remove the chill. Roast the pork, cook the sauerkraut, bake the sweet potatoes, make the mashed potatoes and cook or reheat the peas and collard greens, which sounds like a lot but is very simple. Check the recipes for time requirements. Make the optional gravy while the roast is resting. That is it. Enjoy, have a happy day and good luck for the new year!

Creamy Fettuccine with Shrimp and Scallops

Fettuccine with Shrimp and Scallops Recipe Photo

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Roasted Bone-in
Pork Loin

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Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut Recipe Photo

New Year!