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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 creamy seafood chowder and features salmon in puff pastry (salmon en croute) 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 couple traditional southern dishes, black-eyed peas and collard greens, both 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

Creamy Seafood Chowder

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Salmon in Puff Pastry
(En Croute)

Capellini Pasta with
Lemon and Garlic

Roasted Green Beans with
Tomatoes and Basil

Paul's Frozen Lemon Pie
served with
Grandmom Weber's
Sand Tart Cookies

Preparation Notes

This is an easy, elegant and delicious menu that will impress your guests but requires minimal effort. Make the lemon pie and cookies at least several days ahead and store as directed in the recipes. On New Year's Eve morning, thaw the spinach for the salmon filling. Clean the vegetables for the beans, filling and soup and refrigerate. Peel the shrimp and cut the fish and refrigerate. Make the filling for the salmon and refrigerate or set at room temperature, depending on the time. Set the table early in the day. About one hour before dinner, assemble the salmon and refrigerate until baking. Prepare the soup and serve as a first course. Roast the green beans and salmon as directed in the recipes, using the temperature required for the salmon and allowing a little extra time for the beans. Meanwhile, make the pasta. Just before serving the main course, place the pie in the refrigerator to soften slightly. Serve with the sand tart cookies. 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

Chunky Cooked Apples

Store-bought or Homemade
100% Whole Grain Rye Bread

Cherry Pudding Cake
Drizzled with 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 rye the day before, cool and wrap in foil. The sweet potatoes can be assembled the day before and refrigerated. Make 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. Prepare the cake, which bakes at the same temperature as the pork, so that it has time to cool down about twenty to thirty minutes before serving. Make the optional gravy while the roast is resting. That is it. Enjoy, have a happy day and good luck for the new year!

Roasted Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil

Roasted Green Beans Recipe Photo

Candle Image

Roasted Bone-in
Pork Loin

Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin Recipe Photo


Sauerkraut Recipe Photo

New Year!