New Year's Eve Late Night Supper
Spinach, Mushroom and
Polenta with Garlic and Parmesan
Ice Cream Parfaits with Chocolate Sauce, Berry Sauce or Liqueur
and Optional Garnishes
This is an easy and delicious menu that can be served as a casual or elegant presentation. The spinach topping can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before baking. The bruschetta can be toasted a day ahead and stored in an airtight container. On New Year's Eve, set a festive table early in the day. Clean the shrimp, make the shrimp broth from the shells and refrigerate both. Clean the broccolini and refrigerate. The meal itself takes very little time to cook and the heated appetizers can be served in the meantime. Enjoy!
New Year's Eve Party Buffet
Assorted Hors d'oeuvres, Spreads,
Dips, Toasts and Chips
Assorted Cheese and Crackers
Deli Tray with Mini Sandwich Buns
Pickled Vegetables and Olives
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
Roasted Bone-in Pork Loin
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Chunky Cooked Apples
Cooked Collard Greens
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 cake and cornbread the day before. Cover the cake and wrap the cornbread in foil. Cook the apples and refrigerate. The sweet potatoes can be assembled the day before and refrigerated. New Year's Day, all you need to do is roast the pork, cook the sauerkraut, bake the sweet potatoes, cook the peas, collard greens and mashed potatoes, which sounds like a lot but is very simple. Check the recipes for time requirements. Make the whipped cream for the dessert and refrigerate. If desired, warm the cornbread in the oven while the roast is resting. The apples can be served cold or room temperature. If you are making gravy, do that while the roast rests, keeping the other dishes warm on the stovetop or in a low oven. That is it. Enjoy, have a happy day and good luck for the new year!