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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 starts with a light soup and features lobster tails sautéed in butter for the main course. 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, such as 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

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
with Kale and Wheat Berries

served with
Garlic Bread or Toast

Candle Image

Lobster Tails Sautéed
in Butter

Creamy Orzo and Rice

Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

Whole Wheat
Honey-Buttermilk Biscuits

served with store-bought or
Homemade Lemon Curd

Preparation Notes

This is an easy, elegant and delicious menu that will impress your guests but requires minimal preparation. The biscuits and lemon curd can be prepared the day before or the morning of the event and stored as directed in the recipes. On New Year's Eve morning, remove the shells from the lobster tails, thread with the skewers, cover and refrigerate. Rinse, dry and refrigerate the tomatoes. Set a festive table early in the day. About one hour before dinner, prepare the soup and garlic bread or toast. Serve together as a first course. Meanwhile, start the orzo. After the first course, sauté the lobster and tomatoes. For serving, place a small bed of baby salad greens on each plate, top with the tomatoes and drizzle with the pan juices. Finish the plating with the lobster tails and orzo. Before dessert, reheat or toast the biscuits as desired. Serve with the lemon curd. Enjoy!

New Year's Eve Party Buffet

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, the Christmas cookies. For large parties, include beer, red and white wines, and several liquors for mixed drinks. You will need soft drinks and coffee for the designated drivers, as well as champagne for toasting at midnight.

New Year's Day
'Good Luck' Dinner

Candle Image

Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin


Mashed Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes

Black-Eyed Peas

Cooked Collard Greens

Buttermilk Cornbread

Baked Apples with
Brown Sugar Topping

served with
Vanilla Ice 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. Make the cornbread the day before, cool and wrap in foil. The sweet potatoes can be assembled the day before and refrigerated. New Year's Day morning, assemble the apples for the dessert; cover and refrigerate. If desired, the peas and collard greens can be cooked and refrigerated, then reheated in the microwave to save space on the stovetop. Before dinner, all you need to do is roast the pork, cook the sauerkraut, bake the sweet potatoes, make the mashed potatoes, cook or reheat the peas and collard greens, which sounds like a lot but is very simple. Check the recipes for time requirements. When everything comes out of the oven, bake the apples for the dessert. Warm the cornbread in the oven and make the optional gravy while the roast is resting. That is it. Enjoy, have a happy day and good luck for the new year!

Lobster Tails
Sautéed in Butter

Lobster Tails Recipe Photo

Cocoa Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cocoa Meringue Cookies Recipe Photo

Roasted Bone-in
Pork Loin

Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin Recipe Photo


Sauerkraut Recipe Photo